Athens Travel Guide

Parthenon

Where to Eat

Greece is a country best known for unrivaled Mediterranean cuisine. In Athens, you will find a wealth of options to satiate your appetite and imagination. Here are some of our gourmet picks to tease your taste buds.

1) Strofi

Restaurant Strofi

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Traditional Greek cuisine is Strofi’s specialty, and they are experts at producing the best and most delicious Greek dish. Reserve for a table by the terrace and be entertained by the sunset view. The pleasing atmosphere and great service are the reasons why locals and tourists flock to this restaurant.

Address: Rovertou Galli 25, Athens, Greece

2) Thea Terrace Bar

Find yourself at Thea Terrace Bar sipping a refreshing cocktail on a stylish rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Have access to delicious food and beverage and to one of the most privileged views of the scenic city streets.

Address: Apollonos 21, Athens, Greece

3) Oroscopo

Oroscopo is the perfect restaurant if you are looking for a great meal and a wicked wine. Find your gastronomic pleasures from an array of Greek, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisines. Service is matchless and everything is priced reasonably.

Address: 42-44 Antinoros Street, Athens, Greece

4) Damigos (The Bakaliarakia)

Get your dose of the Greek fare at Damigos. Sip the traditional retsina from the family vineyard while you wait for your mouthwatering menu of bakaliaros (deep-fried codfish) and eggplant, skordalia (garlic sauce), chops, and stews. Main courses start from USD8 to USD13.50.

Address: Kidathineon, Athens

5) Akanthus

Hear the surf while you take a bite on succulent Greek and seafood fare at Akanthus. The coastal breeze and appetizing combo meals of large shrimps, grilled octopus, caviar and smoked salmon will surely make you hungry. Main courses start from USD33.50.

Address: Leoforos Poseidonas, Athens

Where to Stay

Greece Hotels

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The hotels in Athens are in perfect harmony with the city’s exquisite aura. You won’t regret any from these top choices listed hereunder. Choose one which is friendly to your budget and considerate of your needs.

1) AVA Hotel

Ava Hotel is your ideal home when you wish to be only a few steps away from the Parthenon, the Plaka. Its location allows for a relaxing walk around the magnificent views before hitting the bed in the hotel’s luxurious suites. Choose one overlooking the colorful streets of Athens, and see how the imposing structures of the past and the present come alive together from your window. Room rates start at USD205 a night.

Address:  9 – 11 Lyssikratous Street, Athens, Greece

2) New Hotel

Most of Athens’ best sites are within the walking radius of The New Hotel. Its staff gives attention to the tiniest details that make your trip special. You’ll find snacks at the reception and a restaurant that makes sure your continental breakfast makes you cheerful every morning. Room rates start at USD195 a night.

Address:  16 Filellinon Street, Athens, Greece

3) Centrotel Hotel

The Centrotel Hotel is strategically located near a museum and the subway. It has comfortable and stylish rooms, with Jacuzzi to boot. The hotel is a great option in Athens and is known among tourists for its great service and affordable room rates. The spacious parking lot is very convenient for those renting a car to get around the city. Breakfasts are simple yet hearty. Room rates start at USD 77 a night.

Address: Peoniou 11, Athens, Greece

4) Andromeda Hotel

This quiet boutique hotel looks out to a beautiful garden and is situated near Park Vlassis and Baraonda. There are 42 elegantly decorated rooms. Rates range from USD167 to USD200 and include breakfast.

Address: 22 Timoleontos Vassou, Athens

5) Athens Art Hotel

This hotel has been fully-booked since the day it opened in 2004. Housed in a dramatically constructed building, Athens Art Hotel showcases beautifully-crafted interior and exterior designs. The price for a double room starts at USD113 to USD140, quite cheap, actually. You will find the staff friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable about your concerns as a traveler in the city.

Address: 27 Marni, Athens

There are not many places in this world where you will encounter the richest conglomeration of history and culture being perfectly preserved even eons after, and Athens stands proud to be one. Its streets and edifices were built based on the Greeks’ love for mythology, ingenuity, creative imagination, and religiosity, among many other exceptional qualities. You will see your fascination for Athens growing after each bite you take of that perfectly-prepared Greek salad or dish at a terrace cafe, with every step you take while trekking to Mount Lycabettus, or with every piece of history that you encounter in the city’s sites. That fascination will eventually turn into a decision for a future visit. You can’t go wrong.

 


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Marv Perez

Escape Hunter - January 22, 2014

Athens has some of the worst slums I’ve seen in the entire EU. Quite shocking to see even in downtown Athens.
That was years ago, before the crisis. I reckon it must be a lot worse today.

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