A new week has started (and spring has sprung) and I am taking you a second time back to the Greek capital, to Athens. Today I want to share a few tips with you should you ever consider a little getaway to Athens.
For many, Athens is just a transit stop on the way to the sunny islands. Mostly, people manage to climb up the ancient Acropolis and dine in the busy tourist quarter Plaka. The rest seems like a giant, grey unattractive sea of buildings. But there is more to Athens than it seems. Last Monday I showed you some of my favorite spots for fabulous bird’s eye views. Today, let me take you to some other cool spots in town.
For a relaxed coffee I recommend the tucked away cafés of the Plaka, many of them are located just behind the Old Agora like the Café Yasemi. For a fine dinner I can recommend the swanky ‘Eat at Milton’s’ in the Plaka area or for a more traditional Greek feeling, the hillside placed ‘Old Fisherman’s Tavern’ (I Palia Taverna Tou Psarra – it’s depicted here in the blogpost). And while strolling through Plaka and Monastiraki, don’t forget to buy a pair of handmade Greek leather sandals – they are super comfy, last for like ever and look fabulous.
For a vibrant and lively night out head to the Gazi district close to the Kerameikos metro station – eat, drink, stroll and dance all at once in places like the cool Gazarte! During day time, don’t forget to head down to the seaside quarters such as Glyfada or Voula for a coffee on the beach.
So don’t be afraid of the giant, grey city. Athens is a charming place and definitely a great option for a sunny weekend getaway.
Sunshine, blue skies, white washed buildings…and coffee on the beach. It looks idyllic and I could jump on the next plane to spend time there 🙂
You know what I never got a pair of these leather sandals and I am even Greek, which means they are practically under my nose summer after summer! It is never too late right, I might give it a try this year-ha!
Thank you Igor! It is so uplifting to see the beauties of our citye from a third point of view, especially during these harsh times where even us Athenians sometimes forget all about them…
I’m so glad you like it, Andriana! Even in this tough times I love Athens for its spirit and beauties!
I captured some more of Athenian beauty during a gastronomic / cultural tour we did a couple of weeks ago if you want to have a look: http://lifelikes.blogspot.gr/2013/03/made-in-greece-6.html
as you know already – I really share your love for this wonderful city, watching your pictures and reading your text let me feel as being there again – on the lycabettos, best place in and especially on top of the town * all the best julia
You’re making me want to board a plane to Greece…right now!
OMG I’m dying over here, for a bit of that Greece – I’d love to visit – your photos are fab Igor, so cool. Travel /interior blogger now – what’s not to love :)))
Have a great day,
Bisher war ich noch nie in Athen, aber wenn ich so deinen Reisebericht lese, dann bekomme ich schon Lust darauf 🙂 Wobei Paris oder auch endlich wieder die Bretagne weiterhin schon noch ein bisschen höher auf meiner Reisewunschliste stehen!
Danke noch einmal für den schönen Workshop! Wie du gesehen hast, versuche ich bereits das Gelernte umzusetzen!
A très bientôt
Excellent, Béa!! Freut mich, dass es Dir gefallen hat. Und ich fliege schon am Freitag nach Paris und am Samstag geht es in die Normandie. Also gibt es bald wieder einen Reisebericht aus Frankreich hier auf dem Blog:-)
Woah! You can take me on a trip like this every day, Igor! So refreshing and just what I needed! And ohhhh those frappés! Hmmmm 🙂
I will try my best, Judith. But for the next few time I will be sharing some French trips again:-)
Totally fab sunshine, fab photos and fab city! Thank you….
Dont forget to have your coffe at the little terrace (the view is wonderful) of Vrisaki art caffe in Monastiraki (near Adrianou str.)!
I knew your part 2 post was waiting for me. Luckily the sun is shining and spring has also sprung in my part of the world, otherwise I would be weeping over here, haha.
I think I will have to find a way to blend together a trip to Athens and Mykonos one day. Or, as I said to my husband the other day, “just move to a Greek island!”
Now I need a latte after that coffee talk!
Kisses from Athens … υπέροχες οι φωτογραφίες σου γεμάτες ήλιο και φραπέ 🙂 … wonderful photos full of sun and frappe 🙂
Geia sou Stella apo to Monaxo!!
Were I to visit Athens anytime soon, I would be using your two blog pieces as my tour guide 🙂 Fab!
Glad you liked it, Mr. Grey:-)
These photos are sensational!!!!!