Athens Unfiltered: A Coffee Lover’s Guide

Discover our round-up of the best places to order a coffee in Athens! 

Coffee lovers will agree: you haven’t explored a city until you’ve tried its third-wave cafes. Amidst a sea of all-day cafes, these Athens spots shine for their focus on sourcing, roasting, and serving premium coffee.

Foyer Espresso

After eight years in the heart of the city, Foyer Espresso has moved to a new spot in the hip inner-city neighbourhood of Pagrati. Now, the place is bigger and brighter, giving brothers George and Makis the space to serve even more top-notch coffee every day. Foyer Espresso has earned a reputation as one of the city’s premier multi-roaster cafes with good reason. Each day, patrons can select from three different espressos sourced from unique geographical origins, along with notable filter coffee options.

The cafe’s in-house bakery prioritises quality over quantity. Daily offerings include treats like a zingy New York cheesecake, and comforting chocolate cake, as well as savoury buns featuring fresh ingredients (the mortadella bun with 14MO Gouda and tomato jam is a must-try).

A: Vryaxidos 2, Athens

ANÄNA Coffee & Food

With an almost cult-like following, ANÄNA attracts a crowd of loyal regulars. Whether seated in the curved portico-roofed courtyard or the cozy indoor seating area, guests are enveloped in a bright and airy space adorned with Scandinavian-inspired decor and ample windows. The team here takes pride in their craft, roasting their coffee in-house and offering carefully selected blends and single origins from Kenya, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Ethiopia. At ANÄNA the coffee machine hums seemingly without pause from open to close.

An irresistible aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls regularly wafts from the small kitchen, tempting you to indulge in a sweet treat. But ANÄNA offers more than just pastries; their menu features fresh sandwiches and a small brunch selection that is vegan-friendly. 

A: Praxitelous 33, Athens

Lot51 

Head over to sunny Brazil Square and snag yourself a prime spot at Lot51 where you can enjoy one-of-a-kind daily blends by Athenian micro roastery, June. Since this is Greece, you’ll of course spot plenty of tables lined with Freddo Espresso, but don’t overlook their equally impressive flat white and other hot coffee options. The food on offer goes beyond snacks with an ever-expanding kitchen serving up brunch and sourdough pizzas. 

If you’re in the mood to kick back with a great coffee and soak up the sunshine, Lot51 has you covered. If you’re in a hurry, take a quick 5-minute walk up the road to their take-away and delivery outpost, MicroLot. It’s the perfect choice for a coffee on the go without compromising on quality.

A: Papadiamantopoulou 24B, Athens | Microlot: Mikras Asias 4, Athens

Roasting Warehouse Athens

This family-owned business originated in Australia and has been going strong for three generations. It started as a micro roastery in North Melbourne and has grown into a slick roasting facility. Celebrating their Greek roots, the team has opened their first Roasting Warehouse outpost in Neos Kosmos.

They bring in single-origin beans from Brazil, Honduras, and El Salvador, and their special blends like the sweet and fruity ‘Day Dreamer’ and the rich, dark ‘Happy Days’ are a hit with everyone who drops by. The team at Roasting Warehouse is all about great coffee—they supply beans wholesale and even run barista training.

Australians famously know how to do brunch right, and the crowd waiting for a table on Sunday mornings says it all. Dive into dishes like free-range eggs, chilli scrambled halloumi, or the fried chicken waffle with syrup, sriracha mayo, and fried egg. And if you’re up for a boozy brunch, you’ll love the Bellinis and Mimosas on the menu.

A: Ntelakroua 2, Athens

Other notable stop-ins for your coffee travels around Athens

Who says coffee on the run has to be average? These great take-away spots will keep you fuelled on caffeine as you explore all Athens has to offer.

YAYU coffee (Emmanouil Benaki 40, Athens) skirts Omonoia and Exarcheia and is fast becoming famous not only for their multi-roaster coffee selection, but also for its dirty chai latte. 

Wandering through Kolonaki? Stop in at REDD Coffee (Kapsali 8, Athens). 

Dope Roasting Co. (Vissis 25, Athens) located near Monastiraki metro station is the perfect stop-in for a coffee and sandwich before jumping onto the Airport/Piraeus metro line. 

ĒRE Athens (Erechthiou 30, Athens) is the spot when it comes to a fine cup of coffee and maybe even a sweet treat in Acropolis-adjacent Koukaki. 

Atot (Lekka 28, Athens) is quite possibly the smallest coffee shop in Athens but, make no mistake, their love for fine coffee is extra-large.

Main Image by LOT51

What’s On In Athens: Ultimate Guide for June

To help you make the most of June, we’ve rounded up the best of what’s on in Athens this month. 

Summer is here and there’s never been a better time to explore the city, as Athens comes alive with a rich array of performances, festivals, events, and exhibitions.

Book your tickets early and plan your itinerary to experience the best of Athens’ cultural scene this time of year.

Athens Epidaurus Festival 2024
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The Athens Epidaurus Festival is a much-anticipated annual arts festival showcasing performances in theatre, music, visual arts, and dance. Running from June to August, this popular festival is a highlight of the Greek summer and this year’s impressive lineup includes 93 productions over 85 days, featuring around 2,500 performers and creators from across the globe. Performances at the ancient theaters of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, both renowned for their exceptional acoustics, are among the highlights and there are also events taking place at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus and Pireos 260.

Key events in June include:

Odeon of Herodus Atticus

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (1, 2, 6, and 11 June)

 Anonhi and the Johnsons (13 June)

Works of Beethoven with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Leonidas Kavakos (15 June)

London Philharmonia Orchestra (18 June)

Athens State Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (28 June)

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (June 30)

Pireos 260

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Belgian director Guy Cassiers (June 5-7)

Lacrima by Caroline Guiela Nguyen (June 13-14)

Zonder by Ayelen Parolin (June 29-30)

A: Odeon of Herodes Atticus- Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens, Greece

A: Pireos 260-  Pireos 260 Agios Ioannis Rentis

Entry: €20-150

W: aefestival.gr

Athens Cocktail Festival 2024
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Mixologists from some of the city’s best bars will be on hand to shake, stir, and serve up some fine cocktails. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or craving something daringly innovative, the opening party, which is part of the City of Athens Festival promises to be an amazing affair with 20 different bar stations at the revamped Kypseli Municipal Market.

Date & Time: 1 June, 6-11 pm

A: Kypseli Municipal Market, 42 Fokionos Negri, Kypseli

Entry: Free

W: cityfestival.thisisathens.org

 Athens Jazz Festival
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This vibrant music festival, known for its enchanting atmosphere, attracts thousands of fans eager to experience live jazz performances in an open-air setting. Held each June, the festival transforms the city into a dynamic hub of musical celebration, set against the backdrop of Athens’ rich historical heritage. This year’s edition will take place at the Technopolis of Athens, a cultural venue located at 100 Pireos Street, Gazi, which is easily accessible from the city center. It’s a great way to enjoy summer vibes and live jazz music.

Date & Time: June 3-9, 7 pm

A: Technopolis of Athens, 100 Pireos Street, Gazi

Entry: Free

W: technopolisjazzfestival.gr

Athens Hispanic Film Festival
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The Athens Hispanic Film Festival, a vibrant celebration of Hispanic cinema, is set to captivate audiences in June 2024. This annual event showcases a diverse array of films from Spanish-speaking countries, offering a rich tapestry of storytelling, culture, and perspectives. From gripping dramas to heartwarming comedies and thought-provoking documentaries, the outdoor cinema festival highlights the talent and creativity of filmmakers from across the Hispanic world.

Date & Time: 30 May-5 June

A: Open-air Cinema Ellinis Cinemax,29 Kifissias Av., Athens &

Open-air Cinema Aello Cinemax,140 Patission St. Athens

Entry: single screening  €6-8, Limited 3-screening tickets: €16.5

W: fecha.gr

Coldplay Live
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One of the world’s hottest bands Coldplay will be bringing their contagious energy to Athens in 2024 for two unforgettable concerts at the Olympic Stadium. Coldplay will perform on the 8th and 9th of June, offering an amazing concert experience as part of their Music of the Spheres World Tour.

Date & Time: 8-9 June, 4 pm

A: Olympic Sports Complex, 37 Kifisias Avenue, Marousi

Entry: €52.80-995

W: coldplay.com

Best Outdoor Cinemas in Athens 2024

Discover our guide to the best outdoor cinemas in Athens, so you can catch a film under the stars with the backdrop of historical landmarks – a quintessential Athenian summer outing! 

Each year, a wide range of Athens’ most popular outdoor cinemas reopen in celebration of summer, and 2024 is no different.

To plan your visit, take a look through our picks for the best open-air screens, soon to be showing your favourite films from classics to new releases.

Cine Thission
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Nestled in the picturesque Thissio neighbourhood, Cine Thission is renowned not just for its excellent film selection but also for its stunning view of the Acropolis. This cinema has been a favourite since its opening in 1935 and watching a classic or a recent release while the Parthenon is illuminated in the background is an experience unlike any other. Cinema Thission also offers a cozy ambiance with its traditional décor, complete with blooming flowers and comfortable seating. The cinema stands out for its wide selection of both classic and contemporary films and its great range of traditional Greek treats – so it comes as no surprise that it’s known as one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world!

A: Apostolou Pavlou 7, Thissio

Cine Paris
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Located in the heart of the historic Plaka district, this lovely outdoor space offers a charming rooftop cinema experience. Originally opened in the 1920s by a Greek hairdresser who had returned from Paris, this cinema exudes a nostalgic charm. The rooftop setting provides a panoramic view of the city, including the Acropolis, making it a perfect spot for a romantic evening or a relaxing night out with friends. 

 Α: Kidathineon 22, Plaka

Cine Dexameni
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Perched on a hill in the upscale Kolonaki neighbourhood, Cine Dexameni is where you’ll find a cool local crowd enjoying the summer vibes. This unique outdoor cinema is built around a historic cistern, giving it a captivating feel, and the square surrounding the cinema (right next to Lycabettus Hill) is filled with cafes, restaurants, and bars, making it easy to enjoy a night of good food, drinks, and a flick!  

A: Dexamenis Square, Kolonaki

Cine Flisvos
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For those looking to combine a seaside outing with a movie experience, Cine Flisvos at the Flisvos Marina area is the perfect choice. This cinema offers stunning views of the Saronic Gulf and is a favourite for those who love a good sea breeze while watching their favourite films. It’s an excellent spot for a summer night, especially after a day at the beach or a stroll along the marina, as the cool sea breeze enhances the experience!

A: Flisvos Marina, Paleo Faliro

Cine Riviera
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Located in the vibrant and artistic Exarchia neighbourhood, this cinema is one of the city’s hidden gems. Known for its eclectic film choices, including indie and art-house films, Cine Riviera attracts a diverse crowd. The colourful and lively atmosphere of Exarchia adds to its charm, making it a great spot for film enthusiasts looking for something off the beaten path. 

A: Valtetsiou 46, Exarchia

Hotel Grande Bretagne Outdoor Cinema
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“Pool Your Cinema” at the iconic Hotel Grande Bretagne provides a one-of-a-kind experience for both hotel guests and visitors. Situated on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, the cinema offers breathtaking views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, and the vibrant cityscape of Athens. Comfortable seating, elegant decor, and ambient lighting create an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere – making it an ideal setting for a romantic date night, a special celebration, or a relaxing evening with friends.

A: 1 Vasileos Georgiou A, Syntagma Square 

Main Image Courtesy of Cine Paris 

Best New Gastro-Tavernas in Athens 

If you want to experience the latest food trend that’s hit Athens, discover our pick of the city’s best gastro-tavernas where you’ll find creative, contemporary Greek dishes paying homage to old-school recipes. 

Using local, seasonal ingredients and innovative cooking techniques, visionary chefs at these casual and cozy modern tavernas serve up memorable dishes that are designed to elevate traditional Greek cuisine.

Taverna Ton Filon

Having reopened after a decade of being shut, this no-frills tavern in Kolonos is now led by chef Yiannis Mousios and sommelier Giorgos Kontorizos, who carefully curated a food and wine menu featuring fresh ingredients and fine drops from all over the country. Think crisp white tablecloths, frilled curtains, traditional wooden chairs and dim lighting, that all come together to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The ever-changing menu includes dishes such as tyrokafteri with hot peppers, gigantes with spinach and galotyri, as well as a lemony goat rind with celeriac. Tip: the taramosalata is a must! 

A: Argous 66, Athens

Pharaoh 

This new eatery in Exarcheia has undoubtedly been one of Athens’ most celebrated restaurant openings over the last couple of years, thanks to its cool vibe and a satisfying menu of fresh, seasonal offerings and village-style dishes cooked exclusively using wood fire. With an open kitchen, a few tables and a large bar that serves solo diners and sets of two, menu staples include the keftedakia, the braised beef with barley and the tight- wrapped dolmadakia served with xygalo yogurt. Tip: leave room for a slice of galaktoboureko.  

A: Solomou 54, Exarcheia  

Seychelles

Known as one of the original gastro taverns of Athens, Seychelles has always been a local favourite. It has recently reopened after a revamp by Greek chefs Yannis Markadakis, Fotis Foteinoglou and Kleomenis Zournatzis. The trio has kept some signature classics such as the pastry pie filled with wild greens, artisanal Feta, and yogurt while introducing some new flavours including an osso bucco soup and stuffed onions with oxtail and raisins. Tip: as a side dish, order the homemade fries sprinkled with wild oregano. 

A: Keramikou 49, Athens 

Akra 

Greek chef Yannis Loukakis and pastry chef Spyros Pediaditakis teamed up for this impressive all-day eatery featuring a bakery rolling out a daily selection of pastries and sourdough, and a casual dining space serving smoked, grilled and roasted dishes that celebrate in-season fresh, raw produce. Standouts include whole roast courgettes filled with fish cheeks, a fish soup served in a traditional copper pot, as well as a variety of vegetables (sourced from local farms) and homemade bread grilled to perfection. Tip: keep an eye out for the decadent cream tarts topped with fresh local berries! 

A: Amynta 12, Pangrati 

To Rini

Located in a quiet street behind the Archaeological Museum of Athens, this trendy new tavern opened by chef Marina and partner Nikos, is a great spot to try traditional Greek flavours with a fresh, modern twist. Whether you come here for a casual lunch or dinner date, we recommend starting with the tomato, watermelon, local cheese and basil salad, followed by hilopites with prawns cooked in a cherry tomato confit. Tip: finish with the chamomile panna cotta drizzled with honey and pistachios from Aegina!  

A: Rethimnou 8, Athens

PHITA

With an open kitchen and industrial design, this relaxed tavern opened by Fotis Foteinoglou and Thodoris Kassavetis features a large alfresco dining space – making it a great spot to visit during the warmer months. The menu, which focuses on seafood and fish, changes daily depending on what fresh daily produce the chefs can get their hands on but can include dishes such as fava with smoked tuna and capers, tuna tartare with sea urchin mayonnaise and lime, as well as baked okra with fish. Tip: the tarama has become a hit – and for a good reason! 

A: 1 Dourm, Neos Kosmos

Louna 

A new gastro tavern opened its doors in Neos Kosmos last month, offering creative takes on Greek classics. Featuring a contemporary, retro interior with terrazzo flooring, neutral-coloured furniture and olive-green lighting, there’s also a large outdoor dining space right out the front, making it another good option to add to your list for upcoming dates in the city. The menu is based on seasonal ingredients, from grilled seafood and meat dishes to fresh salads. Tip: start with the grilled homemade bread drizzled with EVOO!   

A: Platia Xristianoupoleos 3, Neos Kosmos 

Koutsou & Co 

Freshly opened by deeply intuitive chef Argyro Koutsou, Koutsou & Co is a classic modern tavern featuring just over a handful of tables dressed in linen tablecloths and small vases filled with fresh flowers (sometimes picked from Koutsou’s parents’ garden) creating a homely vibe. With a simple yet impressive seasonal menu, dishes include rooster with kumquat and homemade fries, as well as trahana with sausage from Tinos island and manouri cheese from Sifnos. Tip: order the homemade koulouria if they haven’t sold out! 

A: 15A Xenofontos, Syntagma

Featured Image by Phita 

This is Athens- City Festival Kicks Off Today 

This is Athens – City Festival 2024 is set to kick off today – with over 250 exciting events scheduled to take place throughout every neighbourhood of Athens for the entire month of May. 

Beginning with the annual picnic in the park at Plato’s Academy on May 1, the festival includes more than 250 events and activities until June 2. 

The map of the 2024 This is Athens – City Festival embraces many of the most recognisable locations in Athens as well as some of the less-explored parks and squares of the city, delivering springtime vibes to all seven city districts.

The dynamic program was designed to encourage Athenians and visitors to explore Athens beyond the Acropolis, get to know public spaces and cultural events with their family and friends, and experience the beauty of the city before the start of summer.

The program includes concerts and street parties, guided walking tours, sporting events for all ages, experiences with food and wine, activities organized by museums and cultural venues, as well as events inspired by the Easter holiday. 

“This is Athens – City Festival is the great spring celebration of the City of Athens. With more than 250 events this year – and more dynamic than ever – the third annual festival is expanding for the first time to all the neighborhoods of the city. We invite Athenians and visitors of all ages to take part in this incredible series of events highlighting the modern cultural identity of the city,” announced the Mayor of Athens, Haris Doukas.

Highlights from the 2024 This is Athens – City Festival include: 

May 1: Athens Urban Picnic in the Park at Plato’s Academy – the start of the This is Athens – City Festival takes place on the green grass with live music and DJ sets from the producers of HiT 88.9, En Lefko 87.7 and RED 96.3. Activities for all ages with educational workshops, a kite show, musical performances and screenings.

May 12: Family & the City at the Kypseli Public Agora– in celebration of Mother’s Day, an all-day celebration with creative activities and games for children and their parents.

May 12: Street Outdoors Party at Koumoundourou Square- one of the most beautiful squares in Athens will be transformed into a unique outdoor club by the Street Outdoors team.

May 16: Fairytales in Drakopoulou Square (Patisia)- fairytales for children from 6 to… 106 years old. Georgia Haikali, Marina Dakanali and Ioanna Riga say goodbye to spring with stories from all over the world.

May 17: Piano City Festival in Amerikis Square– with more than 100 piano concerts, this year’s festival features acclaimed artists, rising stars, and piano students at unique locations throughout the city.

May 17: Spinning Sessions at the Kypseli Public Agora – the Agora is transformed into a spinning club with lights and DJs to motivate and inspire a day of intense exercise, well-being and positive energy.

May 18: Flare the Square Skateboarding Contest at Kotzia Square– The square opposite the Athens City Hall will be transformed into a skate park with concerts, DJs, street food, and fun for everyone.

May 19: Fashions of the Dora Stratou Theater on the Runway in Plaka– the pedestrian street of Lysiou in Plaka is home to the glamor of another era, with the traditional costumes from the unique collection of the Dora Stratou Theatre finally becoming recognised as fashion.

May 19: The Panigiri of Athens in the Park at Plato’s Academy– the complete experience of a traditional Panigiri festival, with folk musicians and songs from every corner of Greece, as well as community dancing.

May 23: Cantada in the streets of Plaka – the modern troubadours, the Karaviotis Brothers, bring a traditional Cantada from the Ionian Islands to Athens and the streets of Plaka, followed by a concert at the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments.

May 24: Skating with Agia Fanfara from Attica Square to Agios Panteleimon– with their vivid humor and enthusiasm, the multi-member orchestra of brass and percussion instruments bring a festive mood with traditional tunes and contemporary songs from Greece, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.

May 28: Live concert of traditional songs in Mitropoleos Square– a live performance with Savina Giannatou, Fotis Siotas, Nefeli Fasouli and the Yasemi vocal quartet performing traditional songs from all over the world, as well as favorites from the modern Greek repertoire.

May 29: Food & Wine with a tour of the National Gallery– an exclusive tour of the museum that ends with an excellent menu paired with incredible wine.

May 31: Victoria Square Party- a Street party by Reverb, the promoters of alternative culture who know how to deliver a great event.

June 1: Attiko Alsos Sunset Street Party at Tourkovounia– a unique party from the group “11 Athens” on an unknown urban balcony near Galatsi that will make us dance along with the Attic sunset.

June 2: Athens All Star Party on top of Mount Lycabettus– the biggest promoters of Athens join forces to create one of the top moments of the This is Athens – City Festival 2024, turning the most impressive urban balcony into an incredible dance floor.

For more information, you can visit: cityfestival.thisisathens.org

Exploring Athens’ Next Wave of Wine Bars

Discover Athens’ best new wine bars – where you can sip and savour in style.

In recent years, Greece’s wine culture has experienced a resurgence, marked by the emergence of wine bars across the country, particularly in the capital. These establishments are not just places to sip on fine wines; they’re hubs of social activity, where connoisseurs and novices alike gather to explore Greece’s rich viticultural heritage.

These latest spots follow in the footsteps of pioneering establishments like OinoscentWarehouse, and Heteroclito, which laid the groundwork for the evolving contemporary wine bar scene in Athens.

Epta Martyes 

Nestled on a sun-kissed street in the vibrant neighbourhood of Neos Kosmos, Epta Martyes offers an enticing blend of Greek and French wines, Tsipouro, classic cocktails, and craft beers. Whether you’re craving a leisurely glass or a bottle to enjoy, their menu caters to every taste and budget, with bottles priced from 25 to 195 euros and by-the-glass options ranging from 5.50 to 10.50€.

But what truly sets Epta Martyes apart is their chef’s choice mezes, inspired by the culinary traditions of Volos, where much of the team hails from. Priced at just 5€ per plate, these exquisite bites promise an explosion of flavours with each bite. From creamy taramosalata to zesty raw tuna marinated in soy sauce and chilli, and from savoury fava with caramelised onions to tender chargrilled octopus and broccoli, each dish is a culinary delight. It’s no surprise that Epta Martyres has quickly become the talk of the town since its opening. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are recommended to secure your spot.

A: Menechmou 3B, Neos Kosmos, Athens

Wine is Fine

Nestled on Athens’ Vissis pedestrian street, Wine is Fine is a French-inspired wine bar, bordering on restaurant, that has quickly become a hotspot for food and wine enthusiasts alike. With an interesting contrast of simple street-side ambience and elegant white-clothed table settings, Wine is Fine offers up French-inspired dishes like tartare de boeuf (10€) and bottarga pasta (13€) on what is an ever-changing, seasonal menu. The wine selection at Wine is Fine focuses on organic and natural wines, including orange and pet-nat varieties from Greece, Europe and beyond. Here, the focus is on quality and consistency, while attentive staff are on hand to suggest pairings and manage what is usually a rather long waitlist (insider tip: head on over closer to opening time and you’ll nab a table quickly). 

A: Vissis 6, Athens

Gamay

Aptly named after the grape variety which cheekily plays on the Greek language (you’ll have to ask a trusted local), this small wine bar sits on an unassuming corner in Exarcheia. Patrons spill onto the footpath, while inside, the space exudes warmth, with stools lining the bar and the wall. The wine menu boasts a diverse selection of by-the-glass offerings, priced between 6-9€ and categorised by Greek wines and “strangers” hailing from Italy, France, Spain, Argentina, and beyond. Complimenting the wines are a range of wine-friendly snacks, including Jamon (9€), Pinsa (9€), Burrata with pesto and hazelnuts (6€), and an intriguing pastitsio-inspired tartar (12€). With its charming setting and enticing menu, this cozy wine bar promises a pleasant evening out, any day of the week.

A: Zoodochou Pigis 42, Exarcheia, Athens

Featured image Courtesy of Wine is Fine 

Complete Guide to Syntagma Square 

Where to eat, drink, shop, and spend the day in and around Syntagma Square — the beating heart of Athens. 

Whether it’s your first visit to the Greek capital, or you’ve done it all before – chances are at some point you will end up around bustling Syntagma Square, which is filled with locals and visitors both day and night. 

And to help you decide where to go and what to do, we’ve rounded up the best spots (a mix of old and new) that are worth seeking out! 

Eat + Drink 

Brunch Time 

Athénée – Start your day in style at this elegant all-day bar-restaurant that’s been serving A-listers since 1939. And if you are lucky enough to be around on a weekend, Athénée teams up with some of the city’s finest pastry chefs each Sunday to serve up a deliciously sweet brunch. (Voukourestiou 9)

Ergon Bakehouse Athens- A few doors down from Ergon House (Athens’ first foodie hotel) you will now find its sister property Ergon Bakehouse. As you step through the doors, you’re greeted by the aroma of artisanal breads and meticulously crafted pastries, rising in the ovens. Take a seat inside and enjoy a satisfying breakfast featuring seasonal, fresh produce and a variety of breads. (Mitropoleos 27 & Patroou 9-11) 

New Taste – Locals come to the NEW hotel for its enticing brunch menu that includes a Viennoiserie basket, Tsoureki French toast, and a club sandwich that pairs well with their Bloody Mary. (Filellinon 16)

Best Coffee 

Kaya– This specialty coffee shop is the place to come to for those who know and love their coffee. (Voulis 7) 

Third Place – About a 5-minute walk from Syntagma Square you’ll find a minimalist shop with a great range of Greek coffee blends, a curated selection of design objects and laid-back vibes.  (Apollonos 23Β) 

Dope Roasting – Another 2-minute walk from the city’s famous square, you’ll find yourself at this cool espresso bar that’s set in a stunning 19th-century neoclassical building. (Vissis 25)

Casual Street Food

Pnyka Bakery – In between all the back-to-back sightseeing, come to Pnyka to grab a freshly baked tiropita (cheese pie) or spanakopita (spinach pie). (Petraki 24) 

Poke Hawaiian Sushi – A mix of Japanese and Hawaiian flavours, the menu features Tempura Shrimp with a drizzle of spicy mayo and exotic poke bowls- the perfect lunch on the run. (Petraki 7) 

O Kostas – Serving some of the best souvlaki in town – just get here before midday, as they tend to sell out by 3 pm. (Pentelis 5) 

Thess Bao- Enjoy freshly made bao buns with creative fillings such as pulled beef, BBQ pancetta and fried zucchini fritters. (Perikleous 30-32)

Long, Lazy Lunch 

Tzitzikas kai Mermigas – If you are looking for authentic Greek dishes such as keftedakia (meatballs), fava (yellow split pea dip), or a great selection of grilled meat and seafood dishes that are ideal for sharing, this is the place. (Mitropoleos 12)

Birdman – A Japanese grill restaurant and pub, Birdman has become one of the most popular Asian restaurants in Athens thanks to its fresh flavours and creative dishes. (Voulis 35) 

Hanoi – Introducing authentic Vietnamese food to Athenians, here the broth for the pho soup simmers for a minimum of 12 hours before being served. (Petraki 12) 

Standout Dining 

Nolan – Greek-Japanese chef Sotiris Kontizas is the brainchild behind this award-winning restaurant serving unfussy yet sophisticated dishes. (Voulis 31)

GB Roof Garden – If you are searching for a restaurant in the centre of Athens that’s special- this is it. Serving Mediterranean flavours made with fresh, raw ingredients- GB Roof Garden offers fine dining along with prime Parthenon views. Note: it’s closed for renovations until April 12, 2024. (10 Vas. Georgiou St)

Okio – Just a few blocks from Syntagma Square, Okio features a modern sharing-style menu highlighting Mediterranean and Asian cuisines in a simple yet exquisite manner. (Nikis 33) 

Feedel Urban Gastronomy- Serving gourmet Greek cuisine that’s modern and sophisticated- here you can enjoy creatively made dishes featuring fresh, local ingredients. (Ktena 1)

Treat Yourself 

Bon Bon Maison –This boutique pastry store offers a delectable selection of French pastries including lemon tarts and croissants with handmade raspberry jam. (30 Petraki St) 

Le Greche – Delicious handmade artisanal gelato created from pure ingredients. We recommend trying the fig and mascarpone flavour! (Mitropoleos 16)

Estrella – Come here for the waffles and pancakes or to try their signature “bougatsan” – a mixture between croissant and bougatsa. (4A Romvis) 

Cocktail Hour 

Bar in Front of the Bar – This cool street bar features a creative cocktail list that changes daily based on the mood of the talented bartenders. (1 Petraki) 

Drunk Sinatra – An all-day hangout where you’ll catch funky young locals ordering craft cocktails and crowds spilling out onto the street on balmy nights. (Thiseos 16)

The Clumsies – About a 5-minute walk from Syntagma you’ll find yourself at a place firmly lodged in the World’s Best Bars List. Let’s be real, you can’t come to Syntagma and not head over to The Clumsies for the perfect drink. (Praxitelous 30)

Rooftop With Acropolis View

Zillers Roof Garden- A lush terrace with fine views of the Acropolis, Zillers serves light meals and snacks during the day and in the evening, it’s transformed into an award-winning restaurant with amazing dishes that can be enjoyed alongside impressive cocktails. (Mitropoleos 54)

Retiree – Located on the top of Ergon House, here you can enjoy proper cocktails, a relaxed summer vibe and unbeatable views of the Parthenon. (Mitropoleos 23)

Nyx – Set on the top floor of the Academias Hotel and offering majestic views of the city, Nyx features Japanese flavours combined with signature cocktails. (19 Omirou St)

Wine O’Clock 

Heteroclito- With over 200 labels from Greece and abroad, you can enjoy a glass or two over a cheese platter. (2 Fokionos  & Petraki St) 

By the Glass – Choose among 250 Greek and global wine labels, around 50 of which can be served by the glass. (3 G. Souri & Phileillion St) 

Oinoscent- With over 1000 labels from all over the world, every week there is a new selection of wines that you can sample. (45-47 Voulis St) 

See + Do 

As you stroll up Panepistimiou St, heading towards Syntagma Square, you will encounter three of the most elegant and imposing neoclassical buildings in the Greek Capital – collectively known as the Athenian Trilogy. Made up of the University of Athens, the Athens Academy and the National Library, each was designed in the mid-19th century. 

Right in the middle of Syntagma Square, every day (on the hour) you can catch the changing of the guards (Evzones) outside the Hellenic Parliament House.

Then head on over to the National Garden – a peaceful spot that was once the official royal garden and former playground of Queen Amalia of Oldenburg.

As you walk towards the famous steps and fountain of Syntagma, you will come across The Hotel Grande Bretagne, which is a local institution and a preferred stay for many international celebrities and politicians. This historic hotel was founded in 1874 and is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. It’s worth stepping inside to admire the classic décor and for a drink at Alexander’s Bar.

Panagia Kapnikarea, a Byzantine church dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, is one of the oldest churches in Athens. Built around 1050 AD over the ruins of an ancient temple, you will find it in the heart of Ermou Street.

In between Monastiraki and Syntagma Square, you can visit another important church, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. Known as the “official” church of the capital, it features both neoclassical and Greek-Byzantine elements.

Culture Fix 

Benaki Museum – A few minutes walk from Syntagma Square you can discover a curated selection of ceramics, sculpture, and jewellery in the magnificent Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine collections on display at one of Athens’ finest museums. (1 Koumbari & Vasilissis Sofias) 

Museum of Cycladic Art – This lovely museum currently holds one of the biggest collections of Cycladic art in the world, with around 3000 objects from all phases of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art. (Neophytou Douka 4)  

National Historical Museum – Set in the Old Parliament House, the museum narrates the history of Greece since the fall of the Byzantine Empire. (13 Stadiou St) 

Numismatic Museum of Athens – One of the most important museums of Greece, it houses one of the greatest collections of coins (ancient and modern) in the world. (12 Panepistimiou St) 

Where to Shop

From beauty stores such as Sephora and Mac to the largest retailers in fast fashion- Zara, H&M, and Pull & Bear – you’ll find them all as you walk along Ermou Street. 

Around Syntagma you will also come across high-end brands including Hermès, (Voukourestiou & Stadiou streets), Dior (Voukourestiou 18), Gucci (El. Venizelou 3) and Tod’s (4 Panapestimiou), as well as Attica–  Athens’ upmarket department store that stocks a wide selection of designer wear (9 Panepistimiou St).   

Zeus + Dione – Specialising in relaxed, artisanal resort wear and classic pieces, you can find the flagship store of Greece’s leading fashion brand right in the heart of Syntagma. (Voukourestiou 6)

ANAMESA Concept Store – Discover a range of cool creations, including fashion pieces and accessories for men, women, and kids, as well as minimal homewares designed by Greek and international artisans. (Nikis 24)

Naxos Apothecary – Take home a stunning range of luxury natural fragrances, herbal skincare, and lush scented candles from this beautiful store that pays homage to Naxos, the largest Cycladic isle. (Kolokotroni 3-5 & Voulis) 

Carpo- Make your way up to the fourth floor of the Attica department store and you’ll find a range of high-quality nuts, chocolates, coffee, dried fruits, and honey, which make for the perfect edible gifts. (Panepistimiou 9)

How to get there? 

Metro Line 3 connects the airport to Syntagma Square and the journey time is approximately 40 minutes. Otherwise, you can also catch a cab from the airport (also around 40 minutes depending on traffic) at a flat rate of €40 during the day. 

Featured Image Courtesy of Ergon Foods

Best New Bakeries and Patisseries in Athens 

We’ve rounded up the best new bakeries and patisseries redefining the Athens bakery scene, where you can satisfy all those sweet and savoury cravings! 

Athens is becoming a city full of carb-laden spots where you can indulge in crispy croissants, artisanal sourdough, and delectable tarte tatin. Now truth be told, we couldn’t be happier! 

The Zillers Pastry Bar 

Right in the centre of the buzzing Plaka district, you will find a little slice of Paris at this new pastry bar serving a decadent range of croissants, fruit tarts and eclairs (to name a few)! With top pastry chef Georgios Platinos leading the way, you will surely want to take a seat inside the meticulously designed space so you can taste more than just one of the delightful sweets on display.   

A: 6 Benizelou Palaiologlou, Plaka 

Bon Bonfait Maison L’atelier 

Boutique pastry store Bon Bon Fait Maison made its way over from Kythira to Mitropoleos Street in 2020 and now the L’atelier version is housed in a gorgeous 19th-century mansion in the heart of Athens. This all-day bistro offers a delectable selection of French pastries – ideal for brunch or an afternoon pick me up. Here you can indulge in French treats with a delicate Greek touch – think creamy millefeuille with roasted pistachios from the island of Aegina, Fraisier cake with Greek EVOO, and chocolate tart with Kythirian sea salt! 

A: Kalamiotou 8, Plaka 

Bread BC

Using slow-maturing natural yeast, this new bakery serves bread made with natural sourdough created through a long fermentation process. Pick up a baguette and a traditional loaf for home, or if you’re after something sweet, options include Paris Brest, a slice of apple pie, or traditional Greek biscuits such as melomakarona and kourabiedes.  

A: 59 Agias Paraskevis, Halandri

Neropistolo

With a playful take on the new age bakery, Neropistolo (water gun) serves handmade artisanal sourdough, delicious buttery croissants filled with ham and cheese, as well as Madagascar vanilla cream buns! The tiny but carefully thought-out space (designed by Yatzer extraordinaire Costas Voyatzis) features splashes of wood, marble, metal, and specially designed blue bricks that add a cool, colourful touch.  

A: 35 Voulis, Athens 

La Linda Bakery

Athenians can now taste traditional bread such as cremonas and pan de campo from Rio de la Plata (located on the border of Uruguay and Argentina) at La Linda, a family-run bakery that originated in the coastal city of Punta del Este and just opened its doors in Glyfada! For those craving something sweet, make sure to try their famous Rogel, also known as the Argentine millefeuille – it’s a secret family recipe featuring layers of biscuits and dulce de leche!  

A: Kiprou 13, Glyfada

Jesus Crust

From cardamon buns and mini babka’s to brioche sandwiches and turmeric bagels- this new bakery in Neo Psychiko is the perfect place to grab a good coffee and breakfast on the run! Offering different types of breads- such as wholemeal, carob, oatmeal and multigrain- the cinnamon scrolls and salted caramel cookies are also a stand-out! 

A: 9 Solomou, Neo Psychiko

Monokeros 

Head over to the hip Pangrati hood where you’ll discover a new artisanal bakery serving freshly made loaves including a signature sourdough with walnuts and lemon zest (just get in early as it’s a hit with locals)! And if you prefer something sweet check out the cinnamon butter and rich pumpkin cream cheesecake or the double chocolate hazelnut tart! We also recommend sampling some sourdough with the homemade Seville orange and ginger marmalade. 

A: 4 Fedrou, Athens 

Oven Glyfada 

Having opened its first micro bakery in the southern suburb of Voula, Oven has now opened its second store at nearby Glyfada. Serving grilled cheese sandwiches with truffle, forest fruit tarts, traditional cheese pies, quiches and tsoureki (sweet bread)- all the handcrafted baked goods are made daily using locally sourced high-quality ingredients. 

A: Artemidos 9, Glyfada 

Cova Astir Marina

Cova Astir with its scent of freshly baked croissants, traditional tarts and Italian pastries quickly transports visitors to Milan, where this famous pastry store first opened its doors in 1817. Renowned for its decadent sweets and elegant décor, this impressive patisserie is now located at Astir Marina in the upscale neighbourhood of Vouliagmeni. 

A: Apollonos 77, Astir Vouliagmeni Marina 

Main Image courtesy of The Zillers Pastry Bar 

Athens’ March Theatre Guide

We’ve rounded up the best plays, musicals and film festivals taking centre stage in Athens, that everyone will be talking about in March.

Athens hosts over 1,500 theater performances a year and is rightly characterized as the theatre capital of Greece. And the month of March is proving to be the perfect time to head to the theatre, as some powerful productions are promising to delight and entertain.

Fame The Musical 
Insights Greece - Athens' March Theatre Guide

Inspired by the iconic 1980s film that defined the cultural landscape of its time, Fame the Musical chronicles the journeys of aspiring artists at New York’s School of Fine Arts as they strive to succeed in the competitive entertainment world. Created by David De Silva, this renowned production has enjoyed widespread acclaim across over 50 nations and earned three Laurence Olivier Award nominations in the UK. Rooted in the beloved original movie, which garnered two Academy Awards and later spawned a television series and a cinematic remake three decades later, Fame continues to resonate with audiences, capturing the imaginations of newer generations. On the stage of the Christmas Theater in Athens, the famous musical will be performed by a London based cast of talented artists, and it’s directed by Dimitris Malissovas.

Entry: €15-50

When: 1-10 March, 2024

Date & Time: 1 March 8.30 pm, 2 March 5 pm & 9 pm, 3 March 3.5pm & 7.30 pm, 4 March 8 pm, 6 March 8 pm, 9 March 5 pm & 9 pm, 10 March 3.5pm & 9.30 pm

Address: Christmas Theater, 137 Veikou Ave., Galatsi 111 46

Tickets: more.com

Dear England by James Graham
Insights Greece - Athens' March Theatre Guide

Joseph Fiennes interprets Gareth Southgate in this new play by James Graham, which examines the state of England today through the course of its national football team.

The country that gave the world football has long been on a painful losing streak. Why can’t England’s men beat themselves at their own game? With a team that has the worst penalty shootout record in the world, Gareth Southgate understands that he must open his mind and face the blow of the past few years to lead his team and country back to the promised land.

Rupert Goold directs this spectacular performance, which will be broadcast live from the Royal National Theater on the stage of the Athens Music Hall.

Entry: €8-15

Date & Time: 14 March, 8.00 pm

Address: Athens Music Hall – Vas. Sofias & Kokkali 1, 11521, Athens

Tickets: webtics.megaron.gr

Generation Lost
Insights Greece - Athens' March Theatre Guide

This is a melancholy requiem, albeit full of humour, for a generation raised in crisis and facing the fragmentation of its dreams. It is a play that presents a plurality of voices and experiences, combining fact and fiction to present Generation Y in all its complexity and diversity. Τhis is a production for all those who belong to Millennials widely known as the lost generation, but also for those who identify with its dreams and disappointments. A theatrical production for all adolescents trapped in adult bodies. The play is based on research and interviews in six European cities and was written as part of the Goethe Institute’s New Stages Southeast project. It was shortlisted as one of the five best works resulting from the project at the New Stages Southeast Festival in Oberhausen, Germany. After its premiere at the National Theatre of Greece, the play will be performed at the National Theater Mannheim.

Entry: €6-€20

Date & Time: 29 Μarch 2024, 9.00 pm

Address: Ziller Building-Nikos Kourkoulos Stage, National Theater of Greece, 6 Mavromichali, Athens 

Tickets: n-t.gr

The Matchmaker
Insights Greece - Athens' March Theatre Guide

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s comedy, which opened on Broadway in December 1955, setting a record for performances, and receiving rave reviews from the critics, will be directed by Thomas Moschopoulos highlighting people’s need for companionship and how they must reconcile themselves with difficult realities of life. A journey to 19th century New York begins with the resourceful matchmaker Dolly Levi as a guide, enthusiastically undertaking to find the ideal wife for the rich but cantankerous widower Horace Vandergelder. Dolly works to ensure everyone finds their ideal mate – or at least someone to relieve their loneliness.

Entry: €6-€20

Date & Time: 29 Μarch 2024, 9.30 pm

Address: Ziller Building-Nikos Kourkoulos Stage, National Theater of Greece, 6 Mavromichali Athens 106 79

Tickets: n-t.gr

Beyond Borders Travels to Athens – Cinema 
Insights Greece - Athens' March Theatre Guide

The Kastellorizo International Documentary Festival is preparing for its 9th edition and this time it’s coming to Athens! Award-winning documentaries of the 8th Beyond Borders will be screened at the Hellas Film Gallery. With film screenings, Q&As, and masterclasses, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy films from around the world that stood out last August at the festival. Special films that deal with the lesser-known aspects of history, for their social sensitivity, originality and artistic value will be screened in the capital.

Entry: Free

Date & Time: 29-31 Μarch 2024, 6.30-9.15 pm.

Address: Greek Film Archive Foundation – Greek Film Archive Foundation – Athens. Meg. Alexandrou 136, Athens, 104 35

Tickets: more.com

Complete Neighbourhood Guide to Vouliagmeni

Discover our complete guide to Vouliagmeni- the most luxurious seaside neighbourhood of Athens Riviera, that’s become a favourite summer hangout for locals and visitors who come here to eat, swim and play! 

Eat + Drink 

Brunch Time 

Sofi’s Eatery- Organic food and homemade goods are baked daily from 7:30 am. Here you will enjoy both the fresh dishes and a boho setting that’s airy and inviting. (Agiou Panteleimonos 7) 

Bistro Lutetia- Set on the ground floor of Somewhere Boutique Hotel, and facing the spectacular Vouliagmeni Bay, Bistro Lutetia serves brunch every day of the week until 2 pm. The selection varies from scrambled eggs or the Greek version called strapatsada to a Black Angus burger. The Bistro comprises the main restaurant, a tranquil garden terrace, and a lounge bar. (1 Agiou Panteleimonos Str. & 2 Dios Str.)

Best Coffee 

Rumors- An all-day cafe/bar with a sea view that serves from early morning breakfast and coffee to late-night cocktails. (Agiou Panteleimonos 25)

Swell- An all-day modern spot with a 360-degree view of Vouliagmeni. Enjoy your morning breakfast and coffee with a beautiful view or a beautiful sunset dinner with cocktails accompanied by the sound of lounge music. (Ermou 1)

Moorings- Located in Vouliagmeni’s dock, this all-day café and bar-restaurant combines a majestic view of Vouliagmeni’s natural landscape and tasty dishes. (Marina Vouliagmenis)

Casual Street Food

Zahos Grill- The king of pita gyros, that’s been here for over 25 years. (Ermou 1)

Tylixto- A local eatery know for delicious Greek meat wraps. (Ag. Panteleimonos 15)

Takis- Classic gyros for lovers of authentic Greek flavours and delicious kebabs. (Leoforos Poseidonos 17)

Xilines Koutales- Traditional Greek homemade dishes made with fresh and pure ingredients. (Orfeos 2)

Standout Dining 

Matsuhisa Athens- The world-famous Nobu restaurant is set in a gorgeous location overlooking FS Astir Palace. The menu features a selection of Chef Omakase’s dishes and a rich sushi menu. (Apollonos 10)

Malabar (Margi Hotel)- This hidden jewel in the Athens Riviera with a beautiful setup, overlooking the hotel pool, with small trees on the sides, offers a fine dining experience with fresh ingredients from Margi’s Farm. (Litous 11)

Ithaki- The award-winning restaurant and celebrity hotspot overlooks Astir Beach, and has fed among others Leonardo di Caprio, Sean Connery, Julio Iglesias, and Bill Clinton. (Apollonos 28)

Louizidis- This is a family-run restaurant on Vouliagmeni’s main square, since 1961, where you can taste the unique recipes of Mrs. Athina. (Ermou 2)

Labros- A seafood restaurant and local landmark since 1889. (Poseidonos Avenue 20)

Pelagos – With an inventive and forward-looking interpretation of fine dining, Pelagos has quickly left its mark on the Athens dining scene, earning a coveted Michelin star. (Apollonos 40, FS Astir Palace)  

Sardelaki me Thea– For a romantic seaside dining setting, head to Sardelaki, which serves a great selection of seafood mezedes. (Leof Posoidonos 18) 

Cocktail Hour 

Ananas Tiki Bar – With cool décor and epic cocktails. (Poseidonos 15)

Rumours Lounge – Is where you’ll find all the young locals on any given evening! ( Agiou Panteleimonos) 

Uva Wine Bar – A spritzeria in the heart of Vouliagmeni, serving a great range of local and international wines. (Agiou Panteleimonos 23) 

Treat Yourself 

Waffle House- With 30 flavours of ice cream made with the finest ingredients and freshly baked waffles, this place is the best place for sweets.  (Agiou Panteleimonos 20)

Lukumades – From traditional loukoumades featuring honey and cinnamon to more modern takes topped with chocolate – here you can try Greece’s famous mini donuts. (Agiou Panteleimonos 23) 

Bufala Gelato – Taste delicious fig and pistachio gelato or the refreshing watermelon sorbet at this popular local spot. (Orfeos 2)

Best Beach Spots 

Astir – This prestigious private beach resort located in Vouliagmeni offers pristine waters to dip into, plus fine, soft sand to walk along as you lap up the luxurious surroundings. 

Krabo Beach Bar- Here, not only will you discover a stunning beach, but also an upscale and award-winning seaside restaurant!

Limanakia Vouliagmeni – Set between the coastal suburbs of Varkiza and Vouliagmeni, by day, you can swim off the rocks and at night you can enjoy a drink as you sit back and take in the Athens Riviera. 

Tip: If you love jumping off rocks we recommend you head to the Piers outside En Plo Café or Sardelaki, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip without the crowds. 

See + Do 

Vouliagmeni Lake- Open year-round, the lake of Vouliagmeni is a stunning limestone cave with underground mineral currents that stay at a constant 24° C. You can find sunbeds and an all-day restaurant that hosts gastronomic evenings (spring to autumn), accompanied by live jazz and orchestral performances, under the illuminated rocks. 

Akti Summer Cinema- Since 1975, from May until late September, the cinema features two films a week (a classic and a recent release) in its courtyard filled with pretty bougainvillea. 

How to get there? 

Vouliagmeni is located only 20km, south of Athens centre. Take the metro from Syntagma towards Elliniko. From there you can either take a 25-minute bus ride on 122 to Vouliagmeni Lake or a 15-minute taxi ride, which is the most convenient and less time-consuming option. 

Featured Image Courtesy of Astir Beach ©

Athens’ Best Cocktail and Wine Festivals in March 2024

March in Athens is a celebration of Greece’s wine and bar culture. And we’ve rounded up the best places for you to taste the finest drops! 

Explore cozy wine bars, indulge in tastings led by international experts, and join lively festivals showcasing Greece’s rich viticultural heritage. From intimate gatherings to grand events, immerse yourself in zesty delights awaiting in the heart of the city.

BKHS 4.0 Wine Festival in Romatzo
Insights Greece - Athens' Best Cocktail and Wine Festivals in March 2024

The return of Bacchae, Athens’ most alternative wine festival, is an unmissable event! Modern Greek artisanal winemakers loyal to organic/ biodynamic farming, and inspired by their love of hands-off vinification, are ready to welcome visitors to the celebration of Bacchae. Producers from all over Greece meet for two full days of winemaking and works of art! The Wine Fair will be accompanied by a series of talented musicians performing live on stage at Romantso- lifting the mood and energy to help remind guests of ancient Greek Dionysian feasts, which were full of wine, music, and fun!

Entry: €20-30

Date: 1-3 March, 2024

Address: Anaxagoras 3 – 5, Bios Romantso – Athens, Attiki

Tickets: more.com

Website: Bacchae.gr

Whiskey Live Athens
Insights Greece - Athens' Best Cocktail and Wine Festivals in March 2024

Whiskey is not a “quick drink”. It’s a pleasure. And now more than 300 rare and special whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland, and America, as well as some “secret gems” from all over the world, will be offered at an exciting whiskey-tasting event in Athens, that’s designed to please all those who love the golden “king” of spirits. At Whiskey Live you will find unique ranges from small producers to limited edition bottles from well-known giant companies. And if you prefer clear spirits, head over to the Gin Garden where you’ll discover special gin labels offered for tasting. Whiskey Live, currently held in more than 30 cities worldwide, started in Paris and London in 2000 and is considered the world’s largest and longest-running whiskey event. Of course, there will also be a liquor shop where you can purchase the labels, as well as premium bottling at special prices, plus a cocktail section, where excellent mixologists will prepare well-known and beloved cocktails, and a street food corner with delicious delicacies to accompany your drink of choice.

Entry: Day ticket: €30, Daily combo (cocktail + food): €40, Two-day ticket: €50

Date & Time: 2-3 March 2024, 1 pm

Address: Technopolis, 100 Pireos, Gazi

Website: Athens-technopolis.gr

Oenorama: Largest Exhibition of Greek Wines
Insights Greece - Athens' Best Cocktail and Wine Festivals in March 2024

For all those who cherish wine, Oenorama is one of those can’t-miss experiences! Since 1994, this popular event has thrived, marking its 30th year as Greece’s premier wine exhibition. With 250+ exhibitors showcasing over 2,500 wines and spirits, it draws 10,000+ Greek and international visitors each year. The exhibition includes the Tasting Square where new releases can be sampled in optimal conditions, the Wine Bar of Wine Revelations where special wines are showcased, the Wine Revelations where future industry stars are spotlighted, and the Winemaking section where state-of-the-art wine equipment is displayed.

Entry: €12-40

Date: 2-4 March, 2024

Address: Zappeio Megaro, Vasilissis Olgas Avenue, Athens

W: hoenorama.com

Spoiled Bar- Show
Insights Greece - Athens' Best Cocktail and Wine Festivals in March 2024

Spoiled Bar, one of Athens’ best cocktail bars presents a cool event where bartenders from all over Greece are invited to participate in a fun and creative challenge. The theme is “The tour of Greece in 7 glasses” – aiming to highlight the unique raw ingredients of the country, which we either don’t know or have not been given the attention they deserve. It will highlight 7 unique trips, 7 destinations, 7 bartenders from all over Greece, and many more from well-known bars in Athens. So for all you cocktail lovers, on March 14, head over to one of the capital’s most popular bar shows that’s been created by well-known local bartenders Thanos Sideris and Panos Kallimanis.

Entry: Free

Date: 14 March, 2024

Address: 18 Megalou Alexandrou, Dafni

W: spoiledbar.gr

The Best Performances in Athens for Christmas

From singalongs on Christmas Eve to recitals that explore festive traditions, and shows intended for the whole family – these are the best Christmas concerts and performances taking place in Athens in the week leading up to Christmas.

The Night of Wishes – Christmas Revival in Kotzia Square
Insights Greece - The Best Performances in Athens for Christmas

“Wishing Night” has now become a favourite Christmas Eve tradition! On December 24th, Kotzia Square will “light up” with traditional biodegradable lanterns, which will travel to the sky carrying our wishes. On this magical Christmas evening, the atmospheric melodies will come from the van of the ATHINA 9.84 station, which will musically “dress up” the event with unique selections from its radio producers.

Address: Kοtzia Square 105 51

When: 24th December, 2023

Ourania Gassiou- Ventus Ensemble Organ Recital
Insights Greece - The Best Performances in Athens for Christmas

The talented virtuoso organist Ourania Gassiou meets the brass ensemble Ventus Ensemble in this special recital, as they perform wonderful Christmas melodies from around the world. From Christmas favourites such as “Silent Night”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and others, as well as classical masterpieces – the artists will provide the ideal atmosphere for Christmas celebrations. It is a festive recital with 6,000 flutes and brass instruments that create special compositions and original orchestral combinations.

Entry: €7.5- €35

Date & time: 23 December, 2023, 8:30 pm

Address: ATHENS MUSIC HALL – Vas. Sofias & Kokkali 1, 11521, Athens

Tickets: megaron.gr

Cosmos: National Symphony Orchestra of ERT – Papageno and Papagena

Insights Greece - The Best Performances in Athens for Christmas

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) at the Stavros Niarchos Hall, presents the musical performance “Papageno’s Celebrations.” This is a collaboration of the ERT National Symphony Orchestra with the librettist Sofiaanna Theofanous, under the musical direction of Michalis Oikonomou. The Magic Flute, a work rich in symbolism, continues to this day to move young and old alike, as Mozart’s melodic music reaches a wide audience, while at the same time being a study for connoisseurs of the genre.

Entry: €5- €15

Date & time: 25 December, 2023, 8 pm

Address: Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Syggrou Ave. 364,  Kalithea 176 74

Tickets: ticketservices.gr

The Nutcrucker
Insights Greece - The Best Performances in Athens for Christmas

The Nutcracker is considered one of the most popular ballets to watch over Christmas. Drawing on a new era, by the director of the Ballet of the National Opera, Konstantinos Rigos, this wonderful performance highlights the dark but also the bright, ghostly side of the well-known fairy tale. “A strange new world is created on stage, in which Marie-Clara’s glass case of a room encounters the colourful, radiant objects that hover over the stage and the baroque portals that lead down into the subterranean depths of the Mouse Kingdom, but also the brilliantly-lit Christmas tree,” notes Rigos.

Entry: €10-€70

Date & Τime: 23 December-14 January, 7:30pm

Address: Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Syggrou Ave. 364,  Kalithea

Tickets: ticketservices.gr

Giselle Ballet
Insights Greece - The Best Performances in Athens for Christmas

The Ballet of the National Opera of Odessa, with seventy members, presents the masterpiece of Adolf Adam: Giselle.  One of the most beloved ballets in the history of dance, it was written in 1841 and is considered one of the first romantic ballets; one of the few of that period that is performed today with great success. Here you will see ballet dancers accompanied by the leading soloists, the Corps de Ballet of the Odessa National Opera Ballet.

Entry: €18-€49

Date & Τime: 18-28 December, 2023, 8:00pm

Address: Athens Music Hall – Vas. Sofias & Kokkali 1, 11521, Athens

Tickets: megaron.gr

100 Years of Disney
Insights Greece - The Best Performances in Athens for Christmas

A brand new concert created especially to celebrate 100 years of Disney and currently touring the world, will arrive in Athens on Christmas Eve. Excerpts from Disney’s most beloved films will be shown on a giant screen, while classic musical themes will be brought to life on stage by a 56-piece orchestra and the enchanting voices of West End singers. Starring Ben Forster (The Phantom of the Opera), Rachel John (Hamilton), Lauren Samuels (Cinderella), and Rob Houchen (Les Miserables), this special event is sure to entertain people of all ages.

Entry: €14- €60

Date: 24 December, 2023 

Address: Christmas Theater, 137 Ave.Veikou Athens

Tickets: tickets.public.gr