A favourite local pastime, especially in Plaka, Αthens’ most colourful and historical area, “going for coffee” is something to do any time of day. It is just another opportunity to spend time outdoors soaking up the urban Athenian vibes, in between sauntering through Plaka’s picturesque alleys. Order a traditional Greek coffee, the classic ice frappe or the more hip version of a freddo espresso or cappuccino, coupled by your dessert of choice.
No visit to Athens is complete until you witness the iconic Acropolis and its state-of-the-art museum. Located on the rock’s southern side, the Acropolis Museum truly brings to life all the centuries worth of history, hosting important and invaluable artefacts that pertain to the Acropolis and Greece’s wider ancient heritage.
Perhaps Athens’ most peculiar district, with architecture that resembles that of islands, Anafiotika is a colourful and quirky little neighbourhood strewn along the downhill of the Acropolis’ northern side. Set amidst old and new Athenian homes, Anafiotika is a vibrant place both day and night, populated with an array of traditional cafes and tavernas, some of which arrange live Greek music to accompany your drinks and meals in the evenings.
Whilst in Athens, you must definitely try the traditional, on-the-go street snack we call ‘koulouri’. It is essentially an artisan bread ring covered in sesame seeds. You won’t be able to miss the various vendors selling them all around Athens, while there are a couple of shops that sell these popular street treats exclusively.
Going out to eat in Plaka, and you will be spoiled for choice. You can find casual places to eat and fancy places to eat; savour traditional cuisine with the all-time-favourite Greek dishes, as well as more refined, gourmet dining. Places for brunch, lunch and meze (the Greek tapas), plus sweets and pastry shops, dive bars, sophisticated cocktail bars, wine bars, and the list goes on.