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Best things to do in Athens

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Neighbourhood
“Nestled into the historical neighborhood of Plaka, Anafiotika is easy to miss, but arguably the most photogenic part of Athens. The buildings here are crafted in the traditional Cycladic style, as they were originally the homes of workers who had come to Athens from the island of Anafi to assist in the construction of King Othon's Palace. Anafiotika is beautifully reminiscent of the Greek islands, and a wonderful place to sit for a coffee or drink. ”
88 locals recommend
Museum
“Benaki Museum's newest building, devoted to contemporary art, with many notable seasonal exhibitions.”
45 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The ancient Roman Market is a must-see place surrounded by nice coffee shops and restaurants.”
30 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Ama Laxei on Kallidromiou is also a local favourite. With an outdoor courtyard that is always packed in the summer, as well as a vibrant indoor space, this historic spot is an essential Exarchia bucket list. Serving up a range of traditional Greek cuisine, the menu is a flawless mix of delicious meze and succulent meat plates. If you’re in a big group make sure to book in advance.”
74 locals recommend
Bar
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“Terrace all day bar with excellent view of the acropolis. 1” from our studios.”
51 locals recommend
Café
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“Beautiful spot, one of the best views in Athens with Acropolis just a reach away. Good cocktails, and food. ”
43 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Map of temple of hephaestus DescriptionThe Temple of Hephaestus or Hephaisteion or earlier as the Theseion, is a well-preserved Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built. It is a Doric peripteral temple, and is located at the north-west side of the Agora of Athens, on top of the Agoraios Kolonos hill.”
37 locals recommend
Café
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“All day cafe with good savory and sweet pies. It is a very cozy place, a meeting point for locals in Plaka, the old town of Athens.”
53 locals recommend
Event Space
“The Zappeion Mansion, or simply Zappeion, is one of the most important buildings in Athens. It is located south of the National Garden and the old Palace and West of the Panathenaic Stadium. Today it operates as a conference and exhibition center.In the garden works a great all day coffee - restaurant, the famous AIGLEE.”
21 locals recommend
Kebab Restaurant
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“Thanasis kebab is a traditional grill/restaurant where you can find the best souvlaki in Athens.”
47 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Located next to the National Gardens, the Zappeion Mansion, or simply, ‘Zappeion’, as it is called by the locals, is one of the most impressive and important historical buildings in Athens. As early as 1859, the Greek government had been contemplating renovating the structure, using plans drawn up by Theophile Hansen and his French counterpart Boulanger. Although well funded by Evangelos Zappas, the project never quite got off the ground. Eventually, Hansen became involved and the project was finally approved. Its official inauguration took place in 1888. Ever since, the Zappeion has become a symbol of modern Athens. It has been home to a variety of functions, including exhibitions, official ceremonies, parts of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and Hellenic Radio in 1936. Today it serves as a press centre for political parties during elections.”
32 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Every Sunday at 11:00, tourists gather in front of the Parliament building on Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos) to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The guards (Evzones) wear their traditional white kilts, red and black caps and red clogs with pompoms only that day or on special occasions. On every other day, the Evzones wear regular khaki uniforms with skirts and the changing of the guard takes place every hour on the hour, 24 hours a day. The guards are tall and well-trained soldiers. They belong to the "Proedriki Froura", the guards of the President of Democracy. It is a high honor for every Greek soldier to be chosen as an Evzone. ”
69 locals recommend
History Museum
“The well-organised museum was founded with the purpose of housing the Goulandris private collection of Cycladic Art. It is one of the leading museums in Athens.”
49 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“One of the ‘original’ all-vegetarian spots in the city, still popular, great selection, casual dining - open for lunch & dinner.”
59 locals recommend
Bar
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“A summertime favourite in the Gazi district - beautiful ‘garden’ in a multi-purpose venue, serving a range of drinks and cocktails with a cool grown-up vibe.”
49 locals recommend
Cinema
“Enjoying a movie in one of the many outdoor movie theaters while a relieving cool breeze is blowing is one of the major, typical summer evening pleasures for an Athenian and can be a unique experience for a visitor of Athens. None of these open air cinemas provides as majestic a view as Cine Thisio. It is the oldest outdoor movie theater in Athens and -according to CNN Travel- the best of the top 10 most enjoyable movie theaters of the world with a splendid night view of Acropolis, and especially the Parthenon.”
71 locals recommend