Pharaoh Brings a Cool New Dining Experience to Athens 

Pharaoh serves wood-fire cooking, natural wines and music spun on vinyl – all tucked behind a striking emerald green curtain in edgy Exarcheia.

This new eatery has undoubtedly been Athens’ most celebrated restaurant opening of 2023 (technically, very late 2022) and it’s no surprise with a formidable team of food and wine experts at the helm including chef Manolis Papoutsakis (Deka Trapezia and Charoupi of Thessaloniki), wine merchant Perry Panagiotakopoulos and journalist Fotis Vallatos. 

The vibe

The space is warm and casual with an open kitchen, a few tables and a large bar that serves solo diners and sets of two. Front of house, the team of chefs, sommeliers and music curators work together to create an experience that sits somewhere between restaurant and wine bar. Walls are stacked with vinyl and firewood – a nod to the restaurant’s music and cooking philosophies.

Signature dishes

Chef Papoutsakis has created a menu of fresh, seasonal offerings as well as village-style dishes cooked exclusively using wood fire. Menu staples include the keftedakia, the braised beef with barley and the tight-wrapped dolmadakia served with xygalo yogurt.

My fave dish

The menu is frequently modified to celebrate seasonal flavours. Every visit garners a new favourite dish (the most recent was the summer salad of monk’s beard with cherries, avocado and apricot). The perfectly whipped taramosalata topped with bottarga and the wild greens are dishes you’ll keep going back for.

Leave room for dessert? 

The galaktoboureko is steadily gaining a cult following.  

Something to drink…

There’s an extensive wine list of over 400 Greek and foreign wines, with a strong leaning towards natural varieties. Greek craft beers and select cocktails round out the drinks menu nicely with something for everyone.

Why I’d come back…

An evening at Pharaoh goes beyond the menu of classic dishes with thoughtful, seasonal modifications. It’s the curated music offering, the exciting beverage list and the modern decor that add texture and layers to the dining experience. 

Perfect for…

Solo dining at the bar, date night, or a fun meal with your foodie friends. 

Price range: 40-60 € per person

Opening hours: Opening hours vary, and reservations can be made online

Location: Solomou 54, Exarcheia

Ultimate Events Guide to Athens in October

Discover the best events taking place in Athens during the month of October. 

As autumn sets in, Athens comes alive with a variety of cultural events to relish. From open-air music concerts under the starry sky to marvelous art exhibitions and festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace the season and immerse yourself in the cultural richness with our top picks for this month.

Vegan Life Festival Athens 2023
Insights Greece - Ultimate Events Guide to Athens in October

Europe’s most popular vegan festival is back! Since 2016, Vegan Life Festival has been drawing crowds from all over the continent. With two days packed with exciting stuff- you’ll have the opportunity to attend hands-on cooking workshops, insightful panels, a vegan products bazaar, live music, and even a speed dating event for a chance to make some new pals who share your passion for cruelty-free eats. But Vegan Life Festival isn’t just about having a good time – the organisation also has a strong focus on animal rights and initiatives that collect food for those in need.

Entry: Free

Date & Time: 1 October, 11 am- 11pm

Αddress: Peiraios 100, Athens, cultural venue of “Technopolis”

“Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”
Insights Greece - Ultimate Events Guide to Athens in October

This theatrical play is part crime, part thriller and part comedy. The new production of the iconic Complicité theatre group is based on the multi-translated novel by Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Olga Tokarczuk. Created and directed by Simon McBurney, it questions why is the killing of animals a sport and a hobby and that of humans a murder. A thought-provoking, wry, and otherworldly murder mystery tale about the cosmos, poetry, and the limitations and possibilities of activism has audiences captivated. The performance is in English with Greek surtitles.

Entry: €10-€60

Date 4-7 October, Wednesday-Friday 8.30 pm, Saturday 2.30 pm & 8.30 pm

Tickets: tickets.onassis.org

Αddress: Onassis Stegi 107-109 Syggrou Avenue 1745 Athens, Greece

Website: onassis.org

Seong-Jin Cho at the Athens Concert Hall
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For the talented Seong-Jin Cho, winning the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition most important piano competition in the world – was just the springboard to begin his brilliant career, gaining global fame and becoming the first pianist from his country to do so. The South Korean classical pianist begins another new season at the Athens Concert Hall for a highly acclaimed solo recital that is dominated by two benchmark works of the piano repertoire: Ravel’s imposing Miroirs and Liszt’s explosive Dante Fantasia.

Entry: Ticket prices: €11 – €60

Date & Time: 25 October, 8.30 pm

Address: The Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), 115 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens, 115 21

Website: megaron.gr

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Dmitri Shostakovich
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The Greek National Opera is bringing back one of the most outstanding productions to have graced its stage in recent years. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, an iconic opera of the 20th century and a breathtaking Dmitri Shostakovich masterpiece– is returning to the Stavros Niarchos Hall this month. Conducting is Fabrizio Ventura, while the production’s staging is by Fanny Ardant, working with an all-star international creative team. This timeless masterpiece distinctly sets itself apart as it tackles the place of women within pre-revolutionary rural Russia and captures the audience from start to finish.

Entry: €10-€90

Date 21, 24, 27, 31 October, Performance times: 7.30 pm, Sunday 6.30 pm

Tickets: ticketservice.gr

Αddress: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Syggrou Avenue 364, 17674 Kallithea

Website: nationalopera.gr

Homecoming | Cycladic treasures on their return journey
Insights Greece - Ultimate Events Guide to Athens in October

The highly anticipated exhibition “Homecoming. Cycladic treasures on their return journey” will include a display of 15 antiquities for the first time worldwide. Presented by the Museum of Cycladic Art in collaboration with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and this is the first step of the historic agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Museum of Cycladic Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The Met), that foresees the gradual return to Greece of 161 Early Cycladic antiquities of the unique archaeological value of the American collector Leonard Stern. Following this, the entire collection will be exhibited at The Met, before the final return of the entirety of these antiquities to Greece.

Entry: €6

Date & Time: 1-31 October, daily except Tuesdays

Tickets: cycladic.gr

Αddress: Stathatos Mansion Vasilissis Sofias ave. & 1, Irodotou str., Athens

Website: cycladic.gr

Image by Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art

Local’s Guide to Glyfada

Great eats, awesome drinks, designer boutiques– Glyfada has got it all! To discover the best places for brunch, lunch and fine dining, plus our favourite coffee spots, shops, and museums in this glamorous neighbourhood on the Athens Riviera- check out our curated guide!

The Vibe 

Glyfada is much more than a coastal suburb of Athens. It’s a vibrant central neighbourhood with lively entertainment, an amazing shopping scene, and a warm vibe that makes us feel as though we are on vacation all year round! 

Eat + Drink 

Brunch Time 

Blends Mix & Match– From scrambled eggs, pancakes, muffins, cakes, and tarts to tasty salads with quinoa; we recommend you try the incredibly fluffy carrot cake and the “Bougatsan” a flaky croissant with soft cream on the inside. (Fivis 19 & Laodikis)

Oh Mama– Found in a restored mansion with a nice courtyard, this place is famous for its hearty brunches (served daily till 6 pm) and cheerful atmosphere. Be sure to try the Nutella Sushi Rolls; sushi-shaped pancakes with banana, grated biscuits and icing sugar- all dipped in Nutella! Or the divine eggs benedict with poached eggs placed on fluffy English muffins, crispy onions, bacon, chives, and Hollandaise sauce. (Kyprou 48)

Charlie Dos– Vintage aesthetics paired with classic egg options including “Kagianas” (Greek-style eggs with tomato) and perfectly cooked omelettes- the best energy boost to start the day right. (Pandoras 14) 

Best Coffee 

Su Casa– a cozy space that’s found in a restored family house of the 1950s, it’s located right on Nymfeon Square. (Kyprou 82)

Vintage Tostou– with its vintage dining tables, beautiful crystal chandeliers, and pastel shades this is another warm and inviting little spot. (Lazaridi 8)

Casual Street Food 

Trelos Gaidaros– for delicious pita gyros. (Plateia Esperidon)

Ploutarxos– for the ultimate souvlaki maker. (Giannitsopoulou 1)

Long, Lazy Lunch 

Ramino– great Italian dishes served in an elegant space with unique aesthetics. (Angelou Metaxa 38)

Amigos– a colourful Mexican oasis that brings South America to life right before your eyes! (Kyprou 65) 

Bella Vespa– the absolute Italian-fusion restaurant in Glyfada. (Kyprou 11) 

Barbounaki– for authentic Greek seafood flavours; we suggest you try the sea urchin salad if it hasn’t sold old on the day, as it’s one of the most popular items on the menu! (Leof. Dimarchou Aggelou Metaxa 48)

Standout Dining 

Tartare– Original French cuisine in a cozy, bistro-like environment that’s located near the beautiful golf course of Glyfada. Tartare’s menu is filled with French delicacies such as bourguignon snails, entrecote café de Paris and steak tartare. (Al. Panagouli 52)

Ark offers signature dishes that are inspired by the Aegean Sea. Along with the masterly crafted menu, you can also choose from an exceptional range of wines, beers, and distillates from local producers.

A: Grigoriou Lambraki 2, Glyfada

Cocktail Hour 

Holy Spirit Cocktail Bar – the place to go if you want to grab one of the best drinks in the neighbourhood. (Laodikis 41)

Mosaiko– with regular DJ sets and an extensive lineup, you can enjoy your drinks listening to cool sounds. (Laodikis 30)

Treat Yourself 

Ourse– this elegant patisserie introduces us to a haute version of modern French pastries. (Mystra 39)

Ice Roll– where they form the most delicious ice cream using fresh coconut milk, in-season fruits, and all your favourite ingredients (without preservatives). (Giannitsopoulou 2)

Where to Shop 

Kiki Boutique, where you’ll find everyday clothing trends that will take you from day to night.  (Gr. Lambraki 16)

Zini Boutique is a must for anyone seeking uncompromised quality and innovative designs. (Angelou Metaxa 24-26)

For pre-loved items, try SWAP, a shopping destination for those seeking pre-owned luxury items. (Laodikis 34)

Culture Fix 

The Blender Gallery– A multi-functional art space; this contemporary art gallery also features unique event spaces. (Zisimopoulou 4)

“Street of Poets”– Running from the centre of Glyfada all the way down to the beach, along the way you’ll find Stanzas by Greek poets displayed on the pedestrianized street and benches. Allowing you to travel through time with Greek literature. 

See + Do 

The Ellinikon Experience Park– Designed to create a new green oasis for Athenians, while being a model of sustainable living and recreation, it offers a range of fun for people of all ages and interests.

Chariton Square– Located near the shopping center of Glyfada, on Lambraki Street, this is one of the largest entertainment venues in all of Attica. 

The Archelon Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, is where you can visit injured turtles being nursed back to health.

Insider Tip:

Glyfada’s laiki (markets), is held each Thursday, on Lazaraki Street, it’s one of the city’s most popular and well-stocked editions of the freshest seasonal produce. 

How to get there? 

Athens Metro reaches Elliniko station at Vouliagmenis Avenue and from there, you have to continue by taxi. Alternatively, you can go by Metro to the stations Syggrou – Fix or Neos Kosmos, and from there you can continue by Tram until the center of Glyfada.

What’s on in Athens This Week: September 25

The last week of September in Athens is packed with amazing cultural events that you won’t want to miss.

From festivals to big productions, the Greek capital has something for everyone. Check out our collection of the greatest events happening throughout the city this week. 

“Return to Sender”
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The NEST Collective, a Nairobi-based art group, has created an installation “Return to Sender” addressing the important issue of textile waste and the consequences of fast fashion.  The project, commissioned by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens explores the impact of second-hand textile waste in Kenya and Africa. The project aims to highlight the importance of dialogue while examining key issues of our times, including democracy, governance, equity, economics, the environment, and the effects of globalisation. 

Entry: Free

Date & Time: 25-30 September, available for visit during SNFCC opening hours

Αddress: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Syggrou Avenue 364, 17674 Kallithea (Esplanade)

Website: SNFCC.org

Neos Kosmos Stegi Block Party 2023
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Are you in Athens around September 26th? If you are, there’s an invitation waiting for you. Stegi’s annual Block Party is happening in the cool neighbourhood of Neos Kosmos. There will be live concerts, DJ sets, performances, queer extravaganzas, and free beer. Stegi’s new artistic program focuses on social issues and features local and international artists. The season starts with Dimitris Karantzas’ new work, The House- which is his first original piece in twelve years!

When: 26 September 2023, 6pm to midnight

Where: Onassis Stegi, 107-109 Syggrou Avenue, Neos Kosmos

Entry: Free

Website: Onassis.org

Jo Nesbo in Athens
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One of the most notable Nordic Noir writers is Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian author who has achieved international fame in the realm of crime and mystery fiction. His creation, the unrelenting detective “Harry Hole”, has become a fan favourite, alongside the likes of Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot” and James Patterson’s “Alex Cross”. The Olympia Theatre will host an exceptional event dedicated to Nesbo, whose best-selling book The Snowman is a worldwide hit. During the event, he will discuss his creative process, promote his latest work called Killing Moon, and greet his readers, while inspiring them.

When: 27 September 2023, 7.30pm

Where: Olympia Municipal Music Theatre Maria Callas, 59 Akadimias, 106 79

Entry: Free entrance with priority tickets

Website: oly.gr

Classic Rock at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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Sixty classic musicians, rock icons and an amazing electric band are set to take Athens on a magical rock journey under the Acropolis! Classic Rock 7 returns to Herodion for a sixth consecutive year with remarkable ambassadors of the original rock sound, a string orchestra and the greatest rock hits. Among this year’s guests are notable artists like Justin Hayward the unsurpassed voice of Moody Blues, Maggie Reilly the lead voice of Mike Oldfield’s Band and the legend Dave Evans co-founder of AC/DC. The experience takes off with the powerful symphonic sound of the electric band of the Athens State Orchestra.

When: 27 September 2023, 9pm

Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street

Entry: Ticket prices: 25-85€

Find Tickets: ticketservices.gr

Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance
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The emblematic “Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance,” described as a landmark project in the history of the seventh art, will now be presented in its entirety at the Οdeon of Herodes Atticus. A dystopian, pioneering film of its time, it’s first presentation was in 1984 and to help celebrate 40 years since its realease, it will be shown on a huge screen at the Herodeo, alongside a live performance of the films’ soundtrack by Philip Glass. Koyanniqatsi is a form of “silent cinema” but manages to “speak loudly” with its striking content, music and images. The cinematic masterpiece by visionary director Godfrey Reggio deals with the alienation of humans, and the destruction of nature- making it more relevant than ever.

When: 30 September 2023, 9pm

Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street

Entry: Ticket prices: 30-35€

Find Tickets: viva.gr

International Rudimental Drumming & Marching Bands Music Festival 
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Athens attracts marching bands from all corners of the world this month with the International Rudimental Drumming & Marching Bands Music Festival. The city is set to welcome an array of military bands, philharmonic bands, traditional bands, samba percussionists, fife and drum groups, drumlines from many European countries and the United States, as well as from throughout Greece. The festival’s core is rudimental drumming, which involves the study of basic drumming patterns that function as the foundation for a variety of sequences. 

When: 30 September-1 October 2023, 10am to 5pm

Where: War Museum, 2-4 Rizari, Athens 106 75

Entry: Ticket prices: 25€, 2-day pass

Website: rudimentaldrumming.gr

Greece Race for the Cure
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The Greece Race for the Cure is a symbolic annual event and walk against breast cancer, and it returns this Sunday, October 1, 2023. You can participate if you love running, if you like walking, and above all if you want to contribute to the fight against breast cancer. Ultimately, the Greece Race for the Cure is an event for everyone and aims to highlight the fact that by uniting and supporting each other we are able to beat this disease.  

Race information 5K Road Race: 9:30am / Zappeio – Athens or 2K Walk: 10:30am / Zappeio – Athens

Date & Time: 1 Οctober, 9 am.

Registration: raceforthecure.eu

Website: greecerace.gr

What’s on in Athens This Week 

On the hunt for the best things to do in Athens this week? The capital has heaps of cultural events, exhibitions, festivals and live music taking place all over the city and we’ve rounded up some of the best! 

Hauser Live “Rebel with a Cello”
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The founding member of the musical duo 2Cellos, known simply as HAUSER, is inaugurating the reopening of the historic Municipal Theater of Lycabettus, with not one but two concerts. As part of this “Rebel with a Cello” tour, crowds in Athens will no doubt be mesmerised by his explosive performances that feature romantic and soulful sounds. With a diverse repertoire that will include music as diverse as Lady Gaga to Tchaikovsky and Shakira to Shostakovich – HAUSER is a dynamic cellist who captivates his audience.

Entry: €49,50

Date & Time: 19 & 20 September, 21:00

Tickets: ticketpublic.gr

Αddress: Municipal Theater Lycaberrus

Website: hauserofficial.com

Louis Tomlison “Faith in the Future World Tour 2023”
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Famous British singer and musician Louis Tomlinson, former member of One Direction and co-creator of hits such as Story of My Life, Midnight Memories, Perfect and History will perform in Greece for the first time, in a concert that will feature favourite hits, as well as material from his new album Faith in the Future – out November 11th.

Entry: €39

Date & Time:  20 September, 21:00

Tickets: ticketpublic.gr

Αddress: Plateia Nerou, 2616 Posidonos Ave., Kallithea 

Website: https://louis-tomlinson.com

Μonsieur Minimal
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This talented composer/ song writer was born and raised in Greece, with his music mainly defined as vintage pop – mixed with a lot of electronic elements that are expressed through sensual vocals. With six albums already under his belt and plenty of live performances in Greece and abroad, Monsieur Minimal is sure to please the crowds in Athens on September 21!

Entry: €12

Date & Time:  21 September, 21:00

Tickets: ticketpublic.gr

Αddress: Gazarte  34 Voutadon Street, Athens 118 54

Website: gazarte.gr

Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev
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“You live as long as you dance,” once said Rudolf Nureyev, the one-of-a-kind ballet dancer with an immortal and timeless reputation. Thirty years since his passing, his legacy lives on at the Paris Opera Ballet, which continues to dance the great classics created by the man who revitalised the ballet scene. Top soloists of Opera De Paris will take centre stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus showcasing the most popular roles that Nureyev ever performed.

Εntry: €30-125

Date: 23 September 2023, 21:00

Tickets: ticketpublic.gr

Address :Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Acropolis

Landscapes of Energy: Photography Exhibition
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“Landscapes of Energy” is Natalia Tsoukala’s ongoing photography series documenting the imprint of energy network on the landscapes of Greece. How do we produce and consume energy, and what imprint does that leave on the landscape? A selection of 29 photos from this series will be presented by the photographer as part of SNFCC Green Weekend 2023, on the Great Lawn of Stavros Niarchos Park.

Entry: Free

Date & Time: 24 September-29 October, 18:00

Αddress: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Syggrou Avenue 364, 17674 Kallithea, Grean Lawn

Website: snfcc.org

Opera Gala – Tribute to Maria Callas
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Thanks to their riveting performances – Russian soprano Elena Stikhina and Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias are both highly sought-after by the world’s greatest opera houses. And this week they will display their musical talent and powerful voices at Megaron Athens, with a tribute to the one and only Marias Callas.

Entry: €11.00-€60.00

Date & Time: 24 September, 20:30

Αddress: Megaron Athens Concert Hall

Website: megaron.gr

Experience Art Athina 2023

If you are in Athens this weekend and want to experience an art event that’s both enriching and culturally immersive, make your way over to the amazing grounds of Zappeion Megaro for Art Athina 2023, which is celebrating its 30th edition this year! 

Featuring a diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions – art lovers are invited to view 67 art spaces from around Greece and nine from abroad – Germany, France, Netherlands, Cyprus, Britain, Switzerland, Uruguay, Poland, and Romania. 

From Friday the 15th of September through to Sunday the 17th, Art Athina will be hosting a great program that spotlights the art world, artistic processes, and the contemporary art scene. 

This year visitors will have the chance to explore unknown corners of Zappeion Megaron with a range of inaugural performances, including “Live Encounters.” Curated by Panos Giannikopoulos, this segment explores multiple aspects of visual performance, while at the same time highlighting the Greek connection, its relationship with theatre, choreography, sound practices, social activism and space. 

Presenting independent art spaces “Projects” curated by Olympia Tzortzi, is another special segment this year that introduces visitors to those with unique voices, including: ALKINOIS, igni, KORAI PROJECT SPACE, MISC, One Minute Space, Sealed Earth Gallery, Space52 and the Thermia Project. 

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For those wanting to learn more about how the visual arts landscape is evolving, you can catch renowned guest speakers as they share their views during a panel discussion titled “Talks.” The conversations will place an emphasis on the field of hospitality, publications, and commissions of new works of art.

Additionally, a moving video “I miss you more than I remember you” curated by Akis Kokkinos, and showcasing creators from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Palestine and Lebanon, explores the complex relationships between land, vulnerable communities, and the deep history of the southeast Mediterranean and the Middle East. The production aims to bring its audience in contact with innovative visual material. 

In terms of design, visitors are taken on a journey via “The chair” – an ordinary object – that is transformed into an exhibit and brings visitors closer to Greek tradition, design and craftsmanship. While showcasing more than 100 years of history, it bears the signature of Greek artists. 

Constantly investing in its educational role, this year Art Athina has also included a Kids’ Educational Program– designed for children and teenagers aged four to 15 and their companions. The program aims to familiarise young people with art, in the hope of contributing to a new generation of art enthusiasts. 

Finally, to celebrate its 30 years of success, a specially designed “Booth” space can be found honouring important moments, historical figures, artists and personalities of visual and political life that have been present during Art Athina’s outstanding three decades.  

DETAILS 

When: 15-17 September, 12:00 – 21:00

Where: Zappeion Megaron, Leof. Vasilissis Olgas, Athens

Entry: 10€ for adults 

Website: aavirtual.gr

Images by Marina Tsekoura ©

5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

We’ve put together a list of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Athens’ centre, where old meets new, and every corner reveals a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

The heart of Athens is a tapestry of lively neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct character and allure. From the colourful streets of Metaxourgio to the bustling energy of Exarchia, the city is a melting pot of culture, history, and urban flair – we recommend you try to explore as many as you can! 

1.

Pangrati

Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

If you want to hang out with locals, make your way over to Pangrati, which has become one of the most popular spots in the city.

REASONS TO VISIT 

1. Best brunch. Need I say more? Athenians flock to Pangrati on the weekends to eat at one of the many hip brunch spots scattered throughout the neighbourhood.

2. Fabulous museums that highlight both historical and modern art.

3. From here you can explore the Panathenaic Stadium, National Gardens and Zappio.

2.

Koukaki

Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

Situated beneath the Acropolis, Koukaki really deserves a visit when heading to the capital.

REASONS TO VISIT 

1. Lively nightlife with numerous bars and buzzing taverns.

2. Great restaurants that serve both authentic and more international-inspired cuisine.

3. After a long day exploring the city, take a seat at Materia Prima, one of the city’s best wine bars that is located in the heart of Koukaki!

3.

Kolonaki

Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

Known as the Upper East Side of Athens, Kolonaki is the chicest neighbourhood on this list. And if you love luxury – make sure you spend some time here.

REASONS TO VISIT

1. Boutique after boutique showcasing every designer brand imaginable.

2. One of the best places in Athens to do coffee

3. Close to Lycabettus Hill, you can take a stroll up there (a must-do) when you visit this part of town.

4.

Exarchia

Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

Recognised as one of the most unique neighbourhoods in Athens, Exarchia is becoming more of a hot spot. To the east of Omonia, Exarchia is known for being a student hangout, and also for its great bookshops, and delightful small-plate restaurants that line the streets.

REASONS TO VISIT

1. Amazing food and drinks scene that also creates a great nightlife – many restaurants have live music playing almost every evening.

2. Amazing finds at the many vintage stores.

3. Lofos Strefi, one of the best parks in the centre of Athens, also offers amazing views of the city.

5.

Metaxourgio

Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

Just west of Omonia is the cool neighbourhood of Metaxourgio, with its colourful streets and cool vibe. Make sure to check out the impressive street art that lines many of the buildings.

REASONS TO VISIT

1. Inviting coffee shops and restaurants – varying from authentic to more modern cuisine.

2. A range of unique stores that will impress most fashion aficionados.

3. Discover its rich history in the silk industry.

Featured Image  | μe Kolonaki 

5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

Discover our picks for some of the best brunch spots in Athens that are always a hit with both locals and visitors!

With a thriving food scene, the capital is home to some excellent brunch spots that cater to every taste. From poached eggs with smashed avocado to French toast topped with fresh berries- these fabulous menus match the Instagram-able decor!

1.

Acera The Brunch Spot

Insights Greece - 5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

Located in Kallithea, Acera offers the perfect variety of sweet and savory dishes. Just make sure to get there early on the weekend, as there are queues of people waiting!

REASONS TO GO 

1. A relaxed open dining space at the front of the café, that’s buzzing with locals.

2. Savor fluffy Banoffee pancakes topped with ice cream.

3. Pair your croc monsieur with a signature cocktail. 

Open: All week | 8 am to 10 pm

A: Mantziagriotaki 105, Kallithea 

2.

Lollobrigida Italian Experience

Insights Greece - 5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

This chic find is conveniently located in the heart of Piraeus, so if you have a few hours to kill before boarding your ferry- this is for you! Oozing style- what stands out most is the stunning views of the marina!

REASONS TO GO

1. Shareable platters filled with sweet and savoury delights. 

2. Great coffee that tastes even better with freshly baked cookies that are served straight out of the oven.

3. DJ sessions every Sunday from noon.

Open: All week | 10 am to 2 am

A: Akti Koumoundourou 62, Piraeus

3.

Jardin All Day Stories

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Enjoy signature brunch plates, while taking in the great atmosphere at this modern, boho-botanical style lounge found inside the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre.

3 REASONS TO GO THERE

1. Lush indoor and outdoor garden seating.   

2. Organic eggs, perfectly made any which way you like.

3. €5 cocktail hour on select days. 

Open: All week | 8 am to 2 am 

A: Navarchou Votsi 1, Kallithea

4.

Sisinely All Day Gastro Bar

Insights Greece - 5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

This meticulously designed space is nestled in the heart of trendy Thissio, a neighbourhood luring in the creative crowd.

REASONS TO GO 

1. Indulge in casual yet sophisticated brunch dishes.

2. Warm, cozy, and laid-back atmosphere. 

3. Did we mention the stunning Acropolis views?   

Open: All week | 9 am to 12 am

A: Adrianou 23, Athens

5.

Katsioulis Bakery and Patisserie

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A bakery that not only specialises in fine baked goods and desserts, but also a fabulous brunch!

REASONS TO GO 

1. Serves a mix of European, Asian, and American flavours. 

2. Dishes are all made using high-quality, local produce. 

3. Grab an irresistible slice of your favourite pastry on the way out, which you can enjoy later!

Open: All week | 6 am to 10:30 pm

A: Titanon 4, Elliniko

5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

With so many hidden gems stretching along the coastline, we’ve rounded up Athens’ best beaches to sink into on a hot summer’s day! 

The Greek capital has great beach spots within a relatively quick drive from the city, that make you feel as if you have just arrived on an island. Here, we’ve put together five of our favourites where you’ll be tempted to spend the entire day.  

1.

Astir Beach

Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

This prestigious private beach resort located in Vouliagmeni, has always been a regular haunt for celebrities (we are talking Bridget Bardot, Jackie Onassis, and Frank Sinatra), and who could blame them? 

REASONS TO GO

1. Pristine waters to dip into, plus fine, soft sand to walk along as you lap up the luxurious surroundings. 

2. Rows of elegant sunbeds and lounges (featuring Astir’s signature striped umbrellas) to choose from. 

3. After a long day at the beach, make your way over to one of the award-winning restaurants at FS Athens. Our pick: Michelin-star-rated Pelagos. 

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 

2.

Krabo

Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

Also set in the southern suburb of Vouliagmeni, here, not only will you discover a stunning beach, but also an upscale and award-winning seaside restaurant!

REASONS TO GO

1. Blue waters and rustic surroundings- you’d be forgiven for believing you’ve just arrived on an exotic island!

2. Boho-chic all-day beach restaurant serving fresh, modern twists on seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. 

3. Laid-back vibe where you can soak up the sun and then also stay to catch the sunset. 

A: Thespidos, Vouliagmeni

3.

Varkiza

Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

Conveniently located just 25 kilometres from the city, this affluent neighbourhood is home to Yabanaki Beach, Coyoacan Playa, as well as Athens Riviera’s landmark Island Club!

REASONS TO GO

1. You’ll get to hang with locals and catch fishermen in their little wooden boats making their way across to the nearby open-air fish market. 

2. Perfect spot to jet ski, join a game of beach volleyball or practice yoga by the sea.   

3. Relax with a cocktail in hand or enjoy a professional massage while listening to international DJs playing summer tracks. 

A: Varkiza, Vari 

4.

Sounio

Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

About an hour’s drive from the city (absolutely worth every minute) this is a picture-perfect place to spend an entire day at! Not only is it a top beach destination, but also home to the historic Temple of Poseidon. 

REASONS TO GO

1. Dive into clear blue waters as you take in views of the Temple. 

2. In between swims enjoy brunch or a long, lazy lunch at one of the nearby taverns.   

3. Stay to catch the magical sunset, which will undoubtedly be a memorable experience. 

A: Leof. Athinon, Sounio

5.

Anavyssos

Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

Located close to Cape Sounio, Anavyssos is slowly becoming a new hot spot amongst Athenians who are leaving their inner-city life behind to call this seaside town home.

REASONS TO GO

1. Clean and shallow waters make the beaches around here perfect for those with young kids.

2. Just drop your towel down on the sand- no need to hire a sunbed, as there are both organised and non-organised sections.

3. Order a Freddo or club sandwich from one of the cafes/ beach bars- or walk across to one of the nearby restaurants for sit-down dining.

A: Anavyssos, Attica

Main image Courtesy of Astir Beach 

Your Ultimate Guide to Athens in September

Summer may be officially over but there are still plenty of events taking place all over the city!

Here at IN+SIGHTS GREECE, we are welcoming September with open arms, and to help you do the same, we’ve rounded up all the best events taking place in Athens throughout this entire month!

Social Ballroom Festival 
Insights Greece - Your Ultimate Guide to Athens in September

This beloved Athenian dance festival returns to the Agora of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, where visitors can catch an unforgettable three days of impressive dancing! The event includes dance lessons, dance shows and DJ sets, inviting everyone to put on their “dancing shoes” and to get moving! It is undeniably a dance/music experience not to be missed!

Entry: Free

Date & Time: 8-10 September 19:30

Αddress: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Syggrou Avenue 364, 17674 Kallithea (event takes place at AGORA)

Website: snfcc.org/en

Tribute to Maria Callas at the Herodium
Insights Greece - Your Ultimate Guide to Athens in September

The Greek National Opera’s tribute program marking the centennial anniversary of Maria Callas’ birth will reach new heights with a major opera gala, Callas at the Herodium. Four acclaimed sopranos of global standing (Anna Pirozzi, Catherine Foster, Vassiliki Karayanni, and Nina Minasyan) and the Greek National Opera will be performing arias, which were firstly performed by the outstanding soprano as part of her historic appearances at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in 1944 and 1957. This will be an experience for opera (and not only) lovers!

Entry: Ticket prices: €15 – €55 | Students: €12

Available to buy from the Greek National Opera Box Office at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. PH: +30 2130885700& online via ticketservices.gr

Date & Time: 16 September, 20:30 pm

Address: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street

Website: nationalopera.gr/en/herodium/h-concerts

29th Athens International Film Festival
Insights Greece - Your Ultimate Guide to Athens in September
Image by Ioannis Stefanidis

Every year the Athens International Film Festival and cinemagazine.gr organise a huge cinematic event that aims to link life in the city with the seventh art. Film screenings are held at unique cinema spots around the city.

With the intention of highlighting lesser-known aspects of independent cinema, audiences will be introduced to some of the best productions of the year, as the film festival presents a handpicked selection of independent productions from all over the world.

Entry: Ticket prices depend on each movie.

Date : 27 September-8 October

Website: aiff.gr/

Athens Coffee Festival
Insights Greece - Your Ultimate Guide to Athens in September

The Athens Coffee Festival is a great celebration of coffee and culture! It’s the biggest coffee festival in Greece, and is perfect for coffee connoisseurs searching for excellent quality varieties, for those who want to get to know well-known coffee brands up close, or for anyone who would like to get their hit of caffeine from the hands of award-winning baristas.

Entry: One-day ticket costs 5 euros, a 3-day ticket costs 12 euros. Admission for children under 12 is free.

Date & Time: 23-25 September 2023, 11am to 8pm

Address: Peiraios 100, Athens, cultural venue of “Technopolis”

Website: athenscoffeefestival.gr/

15th International Dance Festival 
Insights Greece - Your Ultimate Guide to Athens in September

Unfolding in various venues across Athens and culminating in the Municipal Theater of Piraeus at the “Arc For Dance Festival ” you’ll be able to catch seven original dance works: three making their world premiere and four debuting their first presentation in Athens!

Entry: Free, Pre-booking is required to watch the performances and parallel activities.

Reservations: Roes Theater telephone: +30 210 347 4312 

National Museum of Contemporary Art Telephone: +30 693 145 9880 (12:00pm – 18:00pm)

Dance Cultural Center (DAN.C.CE) telephone:+30 693 145 9880 (12:00pm – 18:00pm)

Piraeus Municipal Theater & www.ticketservices.gr

Date: 17 September- 2 October

Αddress: “Dance Cultural Center”, Peiraios 76

Μunicipal theater of Piraeus, 32 Iroon Polytechniou Avenue

Theater Roes, Iakxou 16

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kallirrois  Avenue and Ambr. Fringe

Website: arcfordancefestival.gr/

9th Burger Festival
Insights Greece - Your Ultimate Guide to Athens in September

Greece’s first and largest food festival that’s dedicated to burgers, returns for the ninth time – promising a tasty and juicy four days!

Over 15 burger houses, sweet treats and cocktails await visitors at Gazi, for a gastronomic experience including challenges, cook-off battles, games, photo opportunities and as always explosive live musical acts!

Entry: ticket for each day costs 6 euros

Buy tickets online: more.com/music/burger-fest-2023/

Date & Time: 21st of September- 1st of October

Address: Old Train Station (Gazi), Peiraios and Ermou Street

Website: burgerfest.gr/

European Heritage Days 2023
Insights Greece - Your Ultimate Guide to Athens in September

Greece is celebrating the European Heritage Days 2023 with the shared European theme “Cultural Heritage and Tradition: Testimonies of the Past in the Present” (European Heritage Days 2023: Living Heritage) with free entrance to archaeological sites and museums for all visitors in Athens!

Date: This year’s celebration will last from September 22-24, 2023

Εntry: Free entrance to all of Athens’ archaeological sites, museums and monuments of the state.

Website: culture.gov.gr

Exploring Athens’ Southern Suburbs With the Family

Year-round there are exciting options for amusing the entire family in Athens’ southern suburbs.

Village Cinema Especially for Kids (Old Poseidonos Avenue 1 & Moraitini 3)
After a successful launch in the northern capital of Thessaloniki, VKids Cinema by Village9 Cinemas has opened in Faliro, designed especially in honour of tiny viewers. With 12 large, colourful, super comfy reclining seats and even a slide in the entrance for pre and post-movie fun, the cinema screens all the latest children’s films throughout the year. 

Flisvos Marina & Park (Poseidonos Avenue, Paleo Faliro) 

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Top to Bottom: Flisvos Park, Neraida Museum, Olympias Trireme, Benaki Toy Museum

At Flisvos Park you’ll find large playground areas as well as a cafés, a TGI Friday’s and other places to stop for a mid-play bite. The Latsi Foundation’s floating Neraida Museum (open Friday to Sunday), is also worth a visit as it organizes creative and educational programmes for kids aged 6-12 years. Also in the Flisvos Marina is the historic Battleship Averoff, built in 1908, which is the world’s only armoured cruiser and one of the Hellenic Navy’s most treasured gems. Apart from the fun of exploring the boat itself, you can visit the Naval Museum which honours Greek naval history and the ship itself. For an even deeper historical experience, go to admire the Olympias’ Trireme a beautiful reconstruction of an ancient Greek fast attack, light displacement vessel that in ancient times had a crew of 200. At Flisvos Park you can also visit the open air Flisvos Cinema where they screen films suitable both for adults and kids with a side of beautiful sea breeze. (Call: 210 9821256 to find out about screenings.)

Benaki Toy Museum (Poseidonos Ave. 14 & Tritonos St 1, Paleo Faliro)
Fascinating for children and adults alike, this former neoclassical mansion-turned-museum presents a collection of over 20,000 toys and games from ancient times until today. The Benaki Museum created the museum when Maria Argyriadi offered it her collection, which she had put together throughout her life and include toys and games from all over the world. All the toys are made of natural materials and remind today’s parents of the incredible creations toy-makers came up with before the age of cheap plastic. The gift shop has some great reproductions of exhibits as well as novel games and ideas to excite and inspire. 

Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre (Syngrou Ave. 24, Kallithea)
Throughout the year there are endless options for entertainment at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC). From roller-skating and scootering to cycling zones and yoga, children’s theatre workshops and a massive playground-park, this is a great place to spend several hours strolling around. The SNFCC organizes regular educational, creative and sports activities for people of all ages, not to mention the pleasantness of expanse of greenery, lovely visual features like dancing fountains and free pedalo rentals in the lake from 16:00-sundown daily and several food options. 

Athens’ New Michelin Star Restaurants for 2022

The MICHELIN Guide Athens 2022 has just been revealed, with one new Two Michelin-star restaurant, two new One Michelin-star restaurants, and plenty more receiving a high distinction in various categories. 

“The Greek capital features one new Two Michelin Star restaurant as well as two restaurants receiving a Star for the first time. Two restaurants stand out with their commitment in terms of sustainability and thus receive the Michelin Green Star. Seven new establishments have been referenced, thus bringing the selection to a total of 27 restaurants,” announced the Michelin Guide. 

First new entry to the 2022 Michelin Guide with a Two Star edition is Delta, which “stands out with its breathtaking avant-garde esthetics, at the heart of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Chefs George Papazacharias and Thanos Feskos, who both boast experience in Northern countries, offer gastronomic suggestions that combine Scandinavian concepts and culinary techniques with local products, with the common theme being environmental sustainability,” says the Michelin Guide team. 

Two Newly Awarded Restaurants That Received One Michelin Star 

Soil, which is located in the Pangrati district and “offers a charming terrace, harbors the cuisine of Chefs Tasos Mantis and Alexandros Mouridis. The name “Soil” is a clear indication of the philosophy behind the establishment, which aims to be close to its territory, mindful of food sustainability and a fervent supporter of the “Farm to table” approach.”

Along with The Zillers, “without a doubt a highly unique restaurant, since it is located on the rooftop of the Zillers Boutique Hotel, meaning guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation. With its flexible offer, one can enjoy a light, casual lunch or a full-fledged gastronomic dinner from Chef Pavlos Kiriakis.”  

Retaining their Stars for yet another year are Botrini’sCTCHytraPelagos and Varoulko Seaside, which had all already received a MICHELIN Star last year, along with Bib Gourmand recipients Cerdo Negro 1985, Nolan and Oikeîo, which were once again acknowledged for their focus on good value for money.

Four Restaurants Added to the 2022 Selection of the Athens Michelin Guide

Hervé’s, “the culinary offer focuses on a single tasting menu which includes 15 courses and is based on Greek traditions combined with cosmopolitan inspirations from France, Asia, Latin America.”

Linou Soumpasis k sia “stands out through its aesthetics.. it has a casual bistro vibe where you can enjoy simple, authentic Greek cuisine, with a few surprising modern touches and a strong commitment towards using organic products.” 

Merceri, “a classic, authentic bistro, serves the cuisine of Maria Dioudi and Melina Chomata…their cuisine, which is modern and features international influences, pays tribute to Greek recipes.”  

VERi TABLE, “a French-style bistro where you will be welcomed by a cheerful couple, you will find suggestions that pay tribute to Provençal cuisine… along with the great standards, you will find weekly recommendations as well as made-to-measure menus.”

The MICHELIN Guides are a series of guide books that have been published by the French company Michelin since 1904. The Guide awards up to three Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments.

The full selection of the MICHELIN Guide Athens 2022 is available free of charge on the MICHELIN Guide website and app