10 Coziest Winter Bars in Athens

The rain may be slamming against the window but you’re lost in the warm buzz, cool tunes and beautifully-mixed drinks. The pandemic may not be over but we’re going out to the city’s cozy bars and we’re not coming home early!

Galaxy (10 Stadiou St, Laimou Arcade, Syntagma)

A really, really old-school ‘cafeteria’ bar that served its first drink in 1970. It’s still visited by loyal clientele of old mixed with eclectic youngsters, and known for its late night, dimly lit chatter.

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Wine Point (2 Porinou & Athanassiou Diakou, Makriyianni)

A two-storey bar with low lighting, live jazz bands every so often and a dedication to – as its name suggests – over 200 wine labels, from around the country. Try menus themed around wineries that combine grapes with bites.

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Tiki Bar Athens (15 Falirou, Koukaki)

Leopard-print and neon, live gigs and cool DJ sets combine with Tiki cocktails that raises the spirits and may even get you boogeying along in a timeless spiral.

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Convento Del’ Arte (Virginias Bekani 7, Metaxourgeio)

An atmospheric space that seems to belong to a different era and wine labels from over 650 winemakers with a jazz, tango or classical soundtrack and modern Greek dishes. 

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Brettos Bar (Kydathinaion 41, Plaka)

Famous for its rows of liqueur bottles lit up by coloured lights and benches with barrel seats, this old Plaka haunt serves potent homemade spirits as well as wine and beer and is known to keep punters in til the wee hours.

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Drupes and Drips (Misaraliotou 14, Makriyianni)

A tiny place with a big personality and early closing hours, this is a charcuterie/juice bar by day and the best place to enjoy a very decently priced spritz cocktail from the afternoon till night-time.

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Baba Au Rum (6 Klitiou, Monastiraki)

A hip vintage-style bar with world-acclaimed mixologists and some of the best rum cocktails you’ll ever drink – indeed that’s cocktails plural because it’s near impossible to stop at one.

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The 7 Jokers (7 Voulis,Syntagma)

Come here for a beautifully mixed ‘I can’t cope with reality’ Bloody Mary in the afternoon or that last glass of wine late, late into the night, after wandering around the historical centre’s less classic spots.

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O Kyrios (Mavili Square, Ambelokipi)

A long marble-top bar, mirrored walls and checkered floors with aproned servers, a French-Italian-Greek inspired menu and elegant cocktails sweep you into art deco style glamour and a stylish social buzz.

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Upupa Epops (7 Alkiminis, Petralona)

A patchwork of spaces – all of them very welcoming and decorated with a unique style – and an impressive cocktail menu that is definitely designed to tantalise the tastebuds.

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Main Image by O Kyrios 

Hundreds of Christmas Festivities & Events Kick Off Across Athens

Hundreds of exciting Christmas events are taking place throughout 52 locations in the Greek Capital, giving locals and visitors the chance to celebrate the festive season with a huge program that’s been designed by the Athens Municipality.

Taking place between December 7, 2021, and January 13, 2022, the Christmas and New Year program involves more than 120 activities for people of all ages, including 25 music and theatre performances, as well as seven open-air film screenings.

“This Christmas, Athens will be celebrating each day, with special events created to make people of all ages smile. Due to the challenges faced by the prolonged pandemic, the municipality of Athens has responded with music, theatre, and Christmas surprises for everyone,” announced Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis.

Among the highlights is the opening of the biggest ice skating rink in Athens. Located in Kotzia Square (opposite City Hall) and covering 400 square metres, it’s set to open on December 10. Admission to the rink is free but visitors are required to book via this link here

There will also be six Christmas “villages” set up in various neighbourhoods, including the suburbs of Acharnes, Kypseli, Pangrati and Goudi, where there will be a range of arts, crafts and hand painting taking place; as well as Santa and his elves, plus other activities and spectacles (including stilt walkers, jugglers, puppets, animateurs, magicians) bringing joy to the streets of Athens.

Commencing on December 11, the city’s museums, libraries, galleries, art centres and other venues will also host various workshops for art, narration, theatre games and dance, children’s pantomimes, puppet shows, tours and much more. 

The events will also include seven popular Christmas films selected by the Athens Open Air Film Festival and Premiere Nights, that will be screened outdoors in seven different locations in the city between December 17 to 30.

Images Courtesy of Culture is Athens

15 New Train Stations Coming to Athens

Work has commenced on the latest extension to the Athens underground train line, in a project set to make getting around the Greek capital a whole lot easier for locals and visitors; while also reshaping Athens’ real estate market.

Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis said in a tweet that work has commenced on Line 4, which will add 15 stations to the underground train network, serving some of the city’s most densely populated areas.

The extension to the Athens metro took 15 years to prepare, held back by the country’s decade-long economic crisis and legal disputes. Originally built in 2000, the subway currently has three existing lines, providing 64 stations across the city, and is considered to be one of the cleanest and safest in the world.

Line 4 will snake through the northern suburbs to the city centre and then extend eastward in a U-type shape.

The new stations to be added from line 4 are: Alsos Veikou, Galatsi, Elikonos, Kypseli, Courts (Dikastiria), Alexandras Av., Exarchia, Akadimia, Kolonaki, Evangelismos, Kessariani, Panepistimioupoli, Zografou, Ilissia and Goudi.

Separately, Greek authorities are also planning to add more stations to the Athens metro in the western suburbs.

This article was first published here.

For more Real Estate News & Views on Greece and Europe’s South, head to The Greek Guru.

7 Best Bakeries in Athens

From traditional to modern bakeries, if you are in the Greek capital and looking for some freshly baked bread, pies, biscuits, or any Christmas sweets, we have rounded up the Top 7 bakeries in Athens that will satisfy all cravings.

Takis Bakery

One of Athens’ most famous and oldest bakeries; just be prepared to wait as there is always a queue of people trying to get their hands on the freshly baked goods. From traditional sourdough to sweet honey bread, muffins, carrot cake, and other handmade pastries, Takis’ sells around 50 types of bread including prozimi, multigrain, baguettes, and koulouri. 

A: 14 Misaraliotou, Koukaki

Mama Psomi

This fantastic bakery in Koukaki sells freshly baked bread, pies, and pastries. From wholewheat, prozimi and rye, to koulouria, melomakarona and croissants- there is a huge variety of baked goods on offer each day. 

A: 42-44 Zaharitsa & Zinni Street, Koukaki


This traditional Greek bakery is located at three spots throughout Athens centre. Here you will be able to find a huge range of bread including white, wholegrain and buckwheat. You can also pick up a box of your favourite Greek cookies- perfect for the festive season. 

A: 13 Pratinou St, Pangrati,  24 Petraki St, Syntagma,  26 Tositsa St, Exarchia

Kora Bakery

This sourdough and viennoiserie bakery in Athens uses long fermentation methods, which makes their products more nutritious. Using the finest ingredients Kora sells a delicious and creative range of artisan bread, pastries and cakes.

A: Panagiotou Anagnostopoulou 44, Athens

Betty’s Bakery

If you are looking for a place that offers a wonderful range of artisan bread from traditional right through to seasonal bread for every special occasion ( Easter, Christmas loaves of bread, etc) this is the perfect spot! 

A: Kassandras 10 St, Athens

Queen Bee

This all-day bakehouse is set in a stylish 1940s art deco building and has been given a major redesign with a focus on the sleek open kitchen. The elegantly displayed handmade products include sourdough, croissants, cinnamon buns, and pies. Tip: try the crunchy double-baked croissant with delicious almond filling! 

A: Patriarchou Ioakim 45, Kolonaki 

Tromero Paidi 

This French-inspired artisan bakery and patisserie uses 100% Greek grains. Every day there are about ten different varieties of bread each of which are matured and baked on the spot, so you can enjoy your fresh loaf straight out of the oven! 

A: Papadiamantopoulou 30, Athens

Main Image: Queen Bee by K Studio 

12 Places to Get the Best Coffee in Athens

Finding the best coffee in Athens can be a bit of a gamble, as there’s no shortage of coffee shops, welcoming in customers with frothy cappuccinos and friendly conversation.

But if you are as serious about your coffee as we are, there are a standout selection of cafes and roasters in the city that are worth seeking out for expertly brewed cups of coffee paired with delicious pastries, as well as warm service and a cool vibe. Below, we’ve rounded up a list of exceptional coffee shops (close to Athens centre) that are perfect for that caffeine hit any time of day!

Peek a Bloom

Following the success of their popular cafe Mind the Cup in Peristeri, this talented team opened up a conveniently located cafe close to Syntagma Square, inside an open-air alley just off Lekka. This bright space with huge windows that double as outside seating next to the coffee bar. This cool cafe starts you off with a delicious breakfast in the morning accompanied by their great coffee. 

A: Lekka 14, Athens

The Underdog

Set in a charming street close to Thissio metro station, this award-winning all-day cafe/ bar is located in an airy, warehouse-style space. Also featuring a courtyard, they serve specialty coffee that will no doubt please any coffee lover! The team is most known for their flat white and espresso, which are made using quality beans that arrive regularly from South America and Africa.  

A: Iraklidon 8, Athens 

Dope Roasting Co.

This cool espresso bar, coffee roasting store and bakery, is set in a stunning 19th-century neoclassical building in the heart of Athens. Located at the corner of Vissis and Athinas street in the center of the Greek capital, they serve some of the finest coffee you’ll find in the city; and there are delightful pastries and homemade desserts to choose from. 

A: Vissis 25, Athens


Just a short walk from Monastiraki, here you’ll find expert baristas that brew their own beans. By far a local favourite, Athenians from all over town head here to try premium beans carefully sourced from all around the world. This is definitely one for those who truly appreciate coffee. And we should mention, they make a pretty good traditional Greek coffee too! 

A: Emmanouil Benaki 7, Athens

Charlie’s Coffee Boutique

This great espresso specialty bar uses single origins from all over the world and has become another hit amongst locals since its fairly recent opening. The perfect place to grab a takeaway coffee and a delicious treat, or you can also sit outside and enjoy the cool buzz.  

A: Papadiamantopoulou 148, Athens

Faba Coffee Roasters

This specialty coffee shop near the Supreme Court of Athens serves freshly roasted specialty coffee and handmade sweets and savoury snacks. Boasting a retro feel, this is a great spot to sit back and read a book or a quick catch-up with friends. 

A: Kirillou Loukareos 43, Athens

A Tot

From great coffee to homemade treats, this amazing little spot serves fresh specialty coffee using exclusive espresso blends from around the world. Another local fave thanks to its delicious tarts, homemade cookies and gluten-free/vegan-friendly sweets.  

A: Lekka 28, Athens


Here you’ll find carefully selected specialty beans from around the world. Always freshly roasted and in a variety of tasty characteristics, depending on the season, you can enjoy your coffee inside or outside the cool little store. There’s also a great range of herbal tea, small meals, snacks and sweets to choose from. 

A: Emmanouil Benaki 20, Athens

Lot 51

This ultra-cool all-day cafe/ bar serves the perfectly made espresso and if you are looking for a place to hang out all day (and maybe get a bit of work done) this one is for you. Lot 51 also offers a great brunch menu that focuses on eggs and healthy morning options.  

A: Papadiamantopoulou 24Β, Athens

The Rabbit Punch

The Rabbit Punch offers delicious, seasonally-sourced coffees that can be enjoyed at the casual cafe or as a take-away. Here you can also choose from a great all-day brunch menu with creations that are based on fresh, seasonal produce. 

A: Eufranoros 40, Athens


This corner cafe stands out for its great coffee and its wide selection of croissants, pastries, tarts and other sweet treats- perfect spot to start the day, or for an afternoon pick-me-up! 

A: Solonos 36, Likavittou, Athens


Located inside ‘Stoa Bolani’ close to Syntagma, this “no-frills” take-away espresso bar is all about the coffee and great service. Offering a house blend and a great range of local roasters, this is the ideal place to grab a coffee in between exploring the heart of downtown Athens! 

A: Voulis 7, Athens

Main image: Motiv Cafe 

11 Best Places for Shopping in Athens

If it’s shopping you are after, Athens has something for everyone. From international labels and cool concept stores to colourful marketplaces, stunning boutiques in chic neighbourhoods, and shopping outlets located just outside the city- there are endless options for every style and budget. 

So, whether you’re a fan of window browsing, or prefer to buy as you please, here is our list of best places to shop in Athens!


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Luisa World in Kolonaki

Just a few minutes away from Athens centre is one of the best areas to shop in the city- especially if you’re looking for high-end stores. The charming streets are filled with beautiful boutiques that feature Greek and international designers. And if you love spending endless hours browsing, Kolonaki is a must. This fashionable neighbourhood has no shortage of luxury labels, stylish concept stores, cool cafes, trendy bars, and classy restaurants (plenty of places to sit down for a nice long lunch, or a quick bite to eat). Here you will find unique pieces of couture and ready-to-wear clothing, as well as a stunning range of shoes, accessories, beauty products, and more. 


About a 30-minute train ride from downtown, Kifissia is filled with elegant and classy boutiques. This is where you’ll bump into stylish Athenians from all over the city looking for the latest seasonal pieces. From high-end stores that stock clothing, handbags, jewellery; plus decor and homewares by both international and Greek designers- Kifissia stands out for its impressive range of shoe shops. 


Along the Athenian Riviera you will come across one of Athens’ most popular shopping strips in Glyfada, which is filled with boutique after boutique- stocking womenswear, menswear, and kidswear. Home to SOHO SOHO and Glyfada Centre, there are plenty of stores featuring local and international designers. It’s a long open-air shopping mall, so make sure you are prepared with comfy shoes and an umbrella if rain is forecast! 

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Ermou St and Monastiraki

Ermou St

A paradise for shoppers, pedestrianised Ermou Street stretches over one and a half kilometres in the centre of Athens. Along the way, you will come across a variety of stores that stock international brands and local designers. From beauty stores such as Sephora and Mac through to the largest retailers in fast fashion- Zara, H&M, Pull & Bear and Bershka, you will find them all at Ermou. For those who love shoes, make sure you stop off at Migato, Mourtzo and Tsakiris Mallas, which are local brands. We also suggest you make time to check out the streets parallel to Ermou, for lots more stylish boutiques and designer wear.


As you make your way down Ermou St, you will arrive at the heart of Monastiraki, which is famous for its Flea Market. Here you will discover a variety of stores including souvenir shops, vintage and second-hand shops. It’s the perfect place to pick up all your bric-a-brac and on Sundays, the streets of Monastiraki welcome a colourful open-air market, which is well worth visiting as there is nothing here you can’t find. Tip: When you walk through the Flea Market make sure you stroll through the tiny alleys and check out the little antique shops.


One of the city’s busiest spots-  it’s home to several stores. Here you will find locally made jewellery, sandals, and clothes; as well as books, vinyl, antiques, and souvenirs to take home with you. Make sure you check out the good range of clay, copper, and ceramics that can be found on pretty much every corner of Plaka. 

McArthur Glen

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Awatara in Plaka

This was the first designer outlet in Greece, where you’ll find international labels with price reductions from 35 – 70%, all year round. McArthur Glen Athens Designer Outlet is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Athens International Airport and 30 minutes drive from Athens city centre. Open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm- there are over 100 stores including Hugo Boss, BSB, Diesel, Gant, Moschino, Ralph Lauren, Prince Oliver, Salvatore Ferragamo, Scotch & Soda and Toi & Moi.  

Factory Outlet

If you are around Piraeus way (maybe waiting for your ferry to depart) and you have some time to kill- head to the Factory Outlet where you can get heavily discounted prices on labels including Adidas, Ben Sherman, Boss, Converse, Diesel, Folli Follie, G-Star Raw, Karl Lagerfield, Nike, Pepe Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok and Ted Baker.

Golden Hall

If you’re in search of Athens’ leading shopping mall with a great range of stores then head to Maroussi, where you’ll find Golden Hall Shopping Mall. About a 20-minute drive from the heart of the city, the mall features both international and Greek fashion brands under one roof including Adidas, American Eagle, Benetton, Diesel, DKNY, GAP, Nike and Zara. 

The Mall

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Attica Department Store

The Mall is one of the largest shopping centres in Athens. Also located in Maroussi, this popular shopping centre houses over 200 stores that are spread through four levels. Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 8 pm here you’ll find Adidas, Calvin Klein, H&M, Intimissimi Uomo, Lacoste, LEGO Store, Migato, Massimo Dutti, Nike, Replay, Sephora, Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger, Tsakiris Mallas, Benetton, Victoria’s Secret, Zara and Zara Home.


Attica is Greece’s largest department store. Housed in a neo-classical building it’s located right in the heart of Athens and here you’ll find a range of high-end brands and personalised services. From womenswear, menswear, kidswear, sportswear, accessories, jewellery, and homewares; Attica is a one-stop-shop for designer brands including Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dsquared 2, Escada, Emporio Armani, Isabel Marant, Kenzo, Maje, Max Mara, Missoni, John Varvatos and Zeus + Dione.

Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens – A Cosmopolitan Classic Meets Modern Luxury

Ask any Greek about the Astir Palace, and you’ll likely hear stories about the glory days of the 60s and 70s, where legendary names like Frank Sinatra, Jackie Onassis and an endless list of screen icons frequented the Athenian luxury landmark.

Since its much-anticipated rebuild and re-opening in 2019 under the management of the Four Seasons, the Astir Palace Athens offers an elite holiday destination that celebrates its gilded past and presents a heightened sense of luxury and comfort, for the discerning traveller of today.


Located 25km from the center of Athens, the Four Seasons Astir Palace sits on the Vouliagmeni peninsula, with the beaches of Vouliagmeni, Varkiza and Cape Sounio’s Temple of Poseidon all within driving distance. Surrounded by pine trees and with sweeping views of the Aegean, the Four Seasons Astir Palace Vouliagmeni is undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of the Athenian Riviera.

Style and Feel

The grounds of the Four Seasons Athens cover 75 acres and house 2 hotels, 3 beaches, 2 pools, 61 private bungalows, spa, gym, restaurants, eateries and bars. While the grounds are large and impressive, they manage to retain a chic, intimate experience and, upon stepping foot on-site, it’s clear that everything has been designed to maximise the sprawling sea views. The resort has been designed to honour the natural elements around it and manages to seamlessly blend into its rocky, pine-clad surroundings. Most notably, the staff at the Four Seasons Athens are dedicated to offering the impeccable service you’d expect from the hotel group, coupled with the signature warmth of Greek filoxenia.


With 21 varieties of rooms, suites and bungalows, there are accommodation options for singles, couples, families and groups to enjoy. The Arion –  a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa – offers guests an elegant and sophisticated environment. Rooms and suites in the Arion have a sense of warmth to them, with plush furnishings that are made for ultimate comfort. The Nafsika hotel boasts sleek rooms and suites in a grand building, with family-friendly amenities nearby.

The Bungalows are tucked away in the surrounding pine trees for privacy and are a piece of history in their own right, having been home to names like Brigitte Bardot and Aristotle Onassis. The bungalows retain aesthetic nods to their vintage glory days yet boast every modern luxury one could need in a cabana that overlooks the Aegean.

No matter which room or suite you choose, the in-room facilities and service are consistently thoughtful and unobtrusive. It’s the details that remain with you long after leaving the Four Seasons Athens, like smart lighting with settings for morning, afternoon and evening, Four Seasons signature bedding that was seemingly designed for you to have the perfect night’s sleep, and thoughtful touches like afternoon ouzo and olives. With rooms this luxurious and comfortable, it’s worth staying in a little and enjoying the in-room service. 

Food and Drinks

With 10 restaurants, eateries and bars on-site, the dining options at the Four Seasons Athens will entertain even the most demanding foodie. Breakfast offers buffet and a la carte dining options, featuring a mix of healthy (think smashed avocado toast with poached eggs and detox juices) and decadent choices (the array of freshly baked cakes and pastries will satisfy any sweet tooth).

Once you’ve worked up a post-swim appetite, the dining options just keep getting better. Taverna 37 is perched upon Arion beach and serves up an elevated take on taverna fare, including the note-worthy salad of compressed watermelon, feta and mint and seafood kritharoto. Poolside restaurant Helios offers Peruvian/Nikkei cuisine with a playful selection of ceviches and raw dishes, as well as tacos, burgers and a cocktail menu that will have you enjoying your afternoons by the pool more than you could have imagined. 

The pinnacle of dining options at Four Seasons Athens is undoubtedly Pelagos. With chef Luca Piscazzi at the helm, this forward-looking interpretation of fine dining uses fresh seasonal produce with a focus on fish and seafood. The tasting menu boasts signature dishes like caviar pasta and dry-aged wild sea bass, as well as mind-bending amuse-bouche bites like sea urchin tiramisu. 


The outdoor hotel pool is the centrepiece of the grounds and boasts uninterrupted views of the peninsula. Olive trees are seemingly magically planted around and within the pool, creating a poolside scene out of your grandest Grecian dreams. If the pool gets a little too active for your liking, you can always stroll over to the Arion “quiet pool”, where guests aged 12 and over are welcome to enjoy the facilities. 

Often, staying at a hotel means giving up the beach for the pool. Not so at the Four Seasons Athens, which boasts three pristine on-site beaches. If the sea is your Happy Place, you can access the best of the crystal-clear Aegean waters, just steps away from your room.

All beaches and pools at the Four Seasons are staffed by the pool club, with amenities such as watersports lessons, complimentary water and towels, lunch bites, beverages and treats throughout the day like frozen fruit and iced tea shots. 

The Four Seasons spa and gym both provide plenty of wellness options, including morning pilates classes and massage therapy that is nothing short of heaven-sent. Parents, worry not, Kids For All Seasons has a range of activities to keep the young ones entertained while you follow your bliss.

Ideal for…

Four Seasons Athens is ideal for those who desire rest and relaxation in luxurious surroundings that honour the natural beauty of the Vouliagmeni peninsula. If comfort, impeccable service, luxury and gastronomy are what you value in a getaway, then the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens is the sanctuary you’ve been seeking. 

Facilities and Services

  • Airport / Port Transfer Service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bars 
  • Restaurant
  • In-room service
  • Towels for pool area
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Tennis Academy
  • Basketball Court
  • Boat Trips
  • Concierge
  • Garden
  • Laundry & Ironing Service
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Gift store
  • Clothing boutique
  • Event Spaces

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 

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Glyfada’s Stylish New Bistro Bar

Brunch by day, elegant bar by night, Nuera Athens stays up late mixing artisan cocktails in the glamorous seaside neighbourhood of Glyfada.

This sophisticated new place has a cool atmosphere and friendly staff to match. The idea behind the modern bistro was to create a relaxed yet polished atmosphere using vintage chic décor.

Architect and interior designer Zisis Papamichos has filled the open space with colourful patterned tiles that are mixed between wooden floorboards. The room also boasts a range of mirrors, alluring chandeliers, plush lounges, and soft velvet chairs; as well as green splashback tiles (featured on an arch behind the bar) and lush plants that create warmth. 

Brunch or lunch here pairs perfectly with a morning or afternoon shopping spree along Metaxa Street, which is lined with boutique after boutique.

Morning options include Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon; Avocado Toast with grilled bread, avocado, cherry tomatoes, home pickles, and flax seeds; or a healthy Breakfast Bowl of yogurt, oat, bio honey, walnuts, almonds, bio tahini, chia, fresh fruits, and bitter chocolate.

Choose from a selection of salads such as Mesclun Salad of grilled goat cheese, Parma’s ham, apple, pear, walnuts and raspberry vinegarette; or the Buffalo Burrata. Mains include Creamy Black Tagliatelle with salmon, pepperoncino, parmesan and rocket pesto; Beef Fillet Medallions with potato foam, mushrooms, asparagus and marsala wine, as well as Seabass with celery cream vegetables and sauce with citrus-zest olive oil.

The talented team in the kitchen have also created a delightful dessert menu with the standouts being the Lemon Crème Brulée of biscuits, meringues, red fruits, and lemon ice cream; and who can resist a good Pavlova made with fresh meringues, mascarpone cheese, strawberries, pistachios and raspberry ice cream?!

Given the cocktails are designed by The Clumsies award-winning mixologist Nikos Bakoulis, it comes as no surprise that Nuera’s drinks list is a main feature. Skilled bartenders mix cocktails that complement the Mediterranean flavours on the menu. We recommend you try the Olive Negroni made of Tanqueray Ten London dry gin, black olive, vermouth and cocoa bitter; or the Chios Sour with Skinos Mastiha, Elderflower, Basil and Salted Honey.

The bistro’s prime location means it fills up fast with locals from the southern suburbs, other Athenians who come here to shop, as well as international visitors- creating a pleasantly varied ambience.

Address: Kiprou 57, Glyfada

Opening Hours: 9 am to 2 am (Monday to Sunday)

Photos by George Fakaros and Nuera

GB Spa Named Greece’s Best Hotel Spa for 2021

Athens’ Grande Bretagne Spa was named Greece’s best hotel spa 2021 at the 7th World Spa Awards 2021, an international event that celebrates and rewards excellence in the spa and wellness industry.

Like entering another dimension, one where the lavish décor and top-notch pampering expertise is truly unparalleled, the GB Spa is by far Athens’ best (and one of the most expensive!).

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GB Spa Indoor pool

Guests are encouraged to relish the essence of the spa (‘salute per aqua’ or health by water) experience by connecting to the water element first – starting with a leisurely dip in the ozone-rich pool with curative thick sea salt and following that with an excellent choice of around five steam rooms, such as the Herbal Suite, where you can meditatively inhale the essences of Greek organic herbs like thyme, oregano, and lavender, or the Amethystos Grotto, where the walls are covered in a mosaic of amethyst stones and the steam is infused with pure eucalyptus oils.

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Ice fountain

Outside the steam rooms are showers with six different settings, from Tropical Rain to Summer Shower, as well as two marble foot baths with hydromassage. ESPA products are used in all treatments, such as high-tech facials and massages, among which are deeply restorative, two-hour-long Ayurvedic rituals, the hot-stone Balinese massage, salt scrubs, and slimming, detoxifying or soothing body wraps.

For instant beautification, the  Spa Manager recommends the Signature GB facial, Prickly Pear Luxury Facial inspired by the 15th-century Japanese Kobido lifting massage.

A: Hotel Grande Bretagne, Vasileos Georgiou A 1, Syntagma Square 

Opening Hours: 11 am to 8 pm (Monday to Sunday) 

The Ultimate Guide to Athens for Foodies

Athens for food lovers can be one of the best travel experiences ever! And we suggest you bookmark our Ultimate Guide to Athens for Foodies as it will certainly please all your senses! 

Many visitors to the Greek capital tend to wonder: what are the spots every foodie shouldn’t miss? From three-level stores to tiny hole-in-the-wall shops, we’ve put together an unmissable itinerary of edible adventures for a DIY food tour in Athens. 

These are our picks of distinctive stores that will guide you to the best cheese, coffee, olive oil, spices, herbs, seafood, bread, and wine in town—surefire hits to taste while you are there and also some great gifts for yourself or others when it’s time to go home. 

Ergon Foods

Ten thousand square feet of pure bliss where you’ll find urban farmers harvesting a vertical orchard; and where bakers, butchers, fishmongers, and greengrocers bring the best and freshest of everything to market. Here chefs are at hand to prepare your purchase for you to enjoy on the spot or even takeaway. 

A: 23, Mitropoleos Street, Athens

Varvakeios Markets

Open every day, except Sunday, from early morning till late afternoon (around 8 am to 6 pm), at Varvakeios Markets you will find people in search of the best cuts, cured meat products, endless herbs, aromatic spices, nuts (of all kinds), olives (in every size), varieties of Greek cheese; and an array of legumes, fresh fish (and other seafood), colourful fruit and vegetables; as well as traditional Greek sausages like soutzouki and pastourma (plus lots more). 

A: Athinas 42, Athens

Insights Greece - The Ultimate Guide to Athens for Foodies

Ariana Olives

This year, 2021, marks a century since this warehouse-like shop (Ariana’s Olives) has sold almost nothing but olives. Open to the street, this hole-in-the-wall store invites you to taste the contents of 23 large free-standing barrels as well as smaller containers poised on shelves along the side walls. This wide collection features the fruit of some 20 varieties, with emphasis on the big oval greeny ones from Amphissa, the famous olive grove below Delphi.

A: Theatrou 3, Athens


This is the city’s oldest coffee store, serving freshly ground coffee the Greek way: strong and poured into mini white cups. Beyond the classic blends, Loumidis sells flavoured coffee including almond, hazelnut, cinnamon, orange, and amaretto. The utensils needed to prepare strong Greek coffee—such as the traditional Briki and grinding mills—can be bought at Loumidis.

A: 106 Aiolou, Omonia Square

Karamanlidika tou Fani

 In 2014 Evripidou St, the “spice street” of Athens, became even more sensorily exciting with the opening of the restaurant-deli Ta Karamanlidika Tou Fani, located in an old lovely stone house with a pretty, naturally-lit courtyard. Here you will find cold cuts and cheeses from all parts of Greece and you can sit in or take away. 

A: 119 Ermou, Monastiraki

Insights Greece - The Ultimate Guide to Athens for Foodies


An authentic dairy store that dates back to 1931, here you can try traditional yogurts, made from cow and sheep milk, which have been awarded a certificate of authenticity, as well as a gold medal in the International Food Exhibition of Thessaloniki. You can also taste rice pudding and cream, especially enriched with aromas, along with other fresh pastries such as galaktoboureko (Greek custard pie.) 

A: 10  M. Kotopouli str, Omonia


If you would like to taste traditional Cretan delicacies in the heart of Athens, head to Zouridakis, where you’ll find authentic Cretan products including meat, olive oil, cheese, herbs, rusks, and pasta. The story of Zouridakis deli goes back to 1930 when the family opened their first bakery in Chania, Crete. Over the years, they have expanded their business and range of products.  

A: Evripidou 25, Athens

Pantopoleio tis Mesogeiakis Diatrofis

A local favourite, this is a store where you can stock up on products that allow you to follow a true Mediterranean diet. From olive oil and herbs to teas and handmade pasta, there is also a great selection of organic wines to choose from. 

A: Sofokleous 1, Athens


If you would like to stock up on some local Loukoumia, Koufeta (sugar-coated almonds), mountain tea, spoon sweets, oregano, and legumes, head over to Matsouka, where you can also purchase locally produced dried fruits, nuts, and irresistible confectionery. 

A: Nikis 4, Athina; Kanari 8, Kolonaki


With a four-storey flagship store in Kolonaki, Yoleni’s is the ultimate Greek Gastronomy centre showcasing the best of Greece’s goodies under one roof. Stock up on wines, oils, herbs, and sweets from the Aegean, as you try the freshly baked pita (pie) of the day. There is also a great steak bar where you can choose your favourite cut and have it cooked just the way you like it, or arrange to have a private wine tasting session on Level 3! 

A: Solonos 9, Athens


Did someone say cheese? If you love dairy, add Kostarelos to your list as this institution dates back to 1937 when the family began making cheese and yogurt using milk from their farm. Fast forward to 2021 and now you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this specialty store that allows you to sample all their famous goods on-site. The irresistible menu includes Greek cheese fondue and a tailor-made platter, featuring 20 different cheese options such as their specialty Feta, Graviera, Kefalotyri, and Maestyri.

A: Patriarchou Ioakim 30-32, Athens


For healthy and delicious delicacies enter the doors of Carpo, where you can purchase handmade pasteli (sesame seeds with honey), dried fruits (such as dates, figs, and apricots), premium nuts (roasted, unsalted, sea salted, and coated) homemade chocolate (pieces, slabs, pralines, and truffles), plus a range of Greek honey and state of the art coffee beans, which are all beautifully packaged- making it the perfect spot to pick up some edible gifts. 

A: Kanari 6, Kolonaki; 1 Dimitriou Vassileiou Ave, Athens; Panepistimiou 9, Athens

Insights Greece - The Ultimate Guide to Athens for Foodies

7 Best Places for Dessert in Psirri

The culturally rich, historic, vibrant and cool Athenian neighbourhood of Psyrri is packed with precious antiques, talented local artisans, authentic Greek tavernas, boho bars, charming cafes and loads of visitors who come here time and time again to enjoy a spot where the modern world blends in beautifully with old-time charm. 

With so many amazing dessert places to choose from, we’ve rounded up our favourite spots to enjoy some delicious sweets in Psirri, for your next visit to the Greek capital! 

Ta Serbetia Stou Psirri  

One of Athens’ most loved patisseries, Ta Serbetia Stou Psirri is a family-run shop that first opened its doors in 1997. Since then, they have been serving mouthwatering homemade sweets created using family recipes that have been passed down through generations. From traditional Greek classics to cheesecakes, there is something here to satisfy all tastes.  

A: Eschilou 3, Psirri

Marika Tarts

For some of the most delicious handmade tarts in Athens, head to Marika’s, who bakes sweet and savoury tarts each day, using seasonal and fresh products. Here you’ll taste traditional Greek flavours through to more modern variations- including pumpkin, lemon meringue and banoffee tarts. 

A: Pallados 4, Psirri  

To Serbetospito Tis Nancys

Otherwise known as Nancy’s Sweet Home, here you will find big servings of desserts that are mouthwatering. From rich chocolate cake to traditional Galaktoboureko (custard pie), it’s a local favourite that’s always packed, so make sure you go early. 

A: Iroon 1 Square, Athens

Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki

For traditional Bougatsa, like you would find in Thessaloniki (where this famous dessert originated) head to Bougatsidiko, where you can also watch the masters open their filo by hand! 

A: Iroon 1 Square, Athens


Serving some of the most authentic Greek desserts in Psirri, including Baklava, Kataifi and Ekmek, (drenched in their secret syrup), this stylish patisserie is the perfect spot to catch up with friends. 

A: Eschilou 4, Athens 

Crepa Holic 

Who doesn’t love a good crepe? Specialising in crepes and waffles, Crepa Holic is open seven days a week, until 3 am in the morning- so if you are searching for something sweet after midnight, this one is for you! 

A: Pallados 17, Psirri 

To Koulouri Tou Psyrri

Most famous for its Koulouri (a round bread sprinkled with sesame seeds) this hole in the wall bakery also serves a sweet version, which is fried dough dusted with sugar, as well as homemade muffins and cakes. 

A: 23 Georgiou Karaiskaki, Psirri


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Panepistimiou St, Athens Set to Receive Major Makeover

By the end of the year, Athens Municipality will begin working on the redevelopment of central Panepistimiou St, located in the heart of the city. 

According to the City of Athens, the renovation is part of a general urban redevelopment plan and will cost around 3 million euros. It is scheduled to begin at the end of 2021, and is expected to take up to 15 months to complete, the municipality announced.

Panepistimiou St, covers a great part of the city’s centre including all the major banks, ministerial seats, universities, and a variety of stores. 

Insights Greece - Panepistimiou St, Athens Set to Receive Major Makeover

Some shopping arcades are found along its length, as well as several museums and historical buildings such as the National Library, the Greek University and other well-known sites. The long road starts at Amalias Ave and ends at Alexandras Ave.

The new eco-friendly project is said to create an additional 19,360 m2 of public space and 2,260 m2 of green areas, which will include 87 new trees, as well as bike routes and recreational areas. The project has been influenced by similar urban plans that can be found in other European cities including Paris and Berlin.  

Insights Greece - Panepistimiou St, Athens Set to Receive Major Makeover

According to the municipality, the aim of the project is to enhance the standard of living in the urban centre and to make it more accessible and friendlier to locals and international visitors. Authorities also said that they have been mindful of the need to complete work in stages, to try and minimise disruption to the capital.

Athens’ general urban redevelopment project also includes a major upgrade to Syntagma Square, with works already commencing on park projects, pedestrian walkways, and renovations to city squares.