A new week has started (and spring has sprung) and I am taking you a second time back to the Greek capital, to Athens. Today I want to share a few tips with you should you ever consider a little getaway to Athens.
For many, Athens is just a transit stop on the way to the sunny islands. Mostly, people manage to climb up the ancient Acropolis and dine in the busy tourist quarter Plaka. The rest seems like a giant, grey unattractive sea of buildings. But there is more to Athens than it seems. Last Monday I showed you some of my favorite spots for fabulous bird's eye views. Today, let me take you to some other cool spots in town.
For a relaxed coffee I recommend the tucked away cafés of the Plaka, many of them are located just behind the Old Agora like the Café Yasemi. For a fine dinner I can recommend the swanky 'Eat at Milton's' in the Plaka area or for a more traditional Greek feeling, the hillside placed 'Old Fisherman's Tavern' (I Palia Taverna Tou Psarra - it's depicted here in the blogpost). And while strolling through Plaka and Monastiraki, don't forget to buy a pair of handmade Greek leather sandals - they are super comfy, last for like ever and look fabulous.
For a vibrant and lively night out head to the Gazi district close to the Kerameikos metro station - eat, drink, stroll and dance all at once in places like the cool Gazarte! During day time, don't forget to head down to the seaside quarters such as Glyfada or Voula for a coffee on the beach.
So don't be afraid of the giant, grey city. Athens is a charming place and definitely a great option for a sunny weekend getaway.
Photography by Igor Josifovic