A British travel writer, Rough Guides author and debut novelist of Girl Gone Greek, Rebecca Hall loves to showcase her adopted country. “Athens has so much more to offer than just its famous ancient sites. The many hidden bars, regenerated gasworks and rich street‑art culture make Athens stand out as a place that successfully interweaves the ancient past with a contemporary European city.”
Varvakeios Central Market and Diporto Taverna
One of the best places to immerse yourself into Athenian life, the meat and fish stalls at Varvakeios engage your senses as vendors shout out their wares. You will find a hidden treasure just opposite the market: One of the oldest tavernas in Athens sits in the cellar of a graffiti‑stained neo‑classical building. Diporto’s exterior is misleading, but those of us in the know come to enjoy the daily specials – like the fava dip that comes with housemade bread. With wine barrels lining the walls and the locals sitting at the old tables shooting the breeze, it’s also an excellent throwback to 1960s Athens.