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Where to Eat, Stay and Explore in Athens

Sip strong Greek coffee at a book-lined cafe, watch the sun set from the Wyndham Grand's rooftop restaurant and more.



Photo: AF/The Art Foundation


This tented gallery and bar are located in an old courtyard behind an obscure door in the touristy Monastiraki neighbourhood. It’s like stumbling on a yurt in the middle of the desert, only to find it stocked with art, cold beer and friends.

Poems and Crimes

Order the strong Greek coffee and be ready to stay up all night at this book-lined coffee joint, which doubles as the offices and shop for Gavriilidis Editions, publisher of the crime fiction of Petros Markaris – Greece’s Grisham. Markaris can often be found at his table near the door.

Eat & Drink



Not your average bouzouki bar, the cozy, tall-ceilinged Nolan fuses Greek and Asian cuisine in dishes like bean noodles with octopus, steamed buns with pork cheeks and cauliflower with anthotiro from the island of Naxos.


Wyndham Grand

Wyndham Grand

The mid-gentrification Metaxourgeio area feels like SoHo in the 1970s – full of promise. Kick your feet up on the comfortable bed with a minibar G&T in hand after a day in the ruins.

What we loved Watching the sun set on the Acropolis from Above, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant.

Electra Metropolis

Electra Metropolis

Find an oasis of luxury and calm (complete with lush rooftop gardens) in this former Ministry of Education building on a street that might just take the prize for combining traffic and cramped corners.

What we loved The impeccable room service, which delivered ice for our apertif in under two minutes.



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