The City

A Travel Guide to Athens, Greece

A paradise for history buffs or anyone with an interest in human history, Athens is the world's ancient capital and the perfect place for a sunny city break with a difference. As you stroll around the city, you will sense the powerful presence of the Ancient Greek civilisation that continues to live on through the remnants and ruins found throughout the city. But Athens is by no means stuck in the past. Despite a turbulent past few years, the capital is buzzing with excitement for the future. Enjoy the thriving food scene and vibrant nightlife within a spectacular setting of historical heritage and cultural grandeur.

Sleeping

Where to stay in Athens: AthensWas

AthensWas is a modern boutique hotel filled with warm spaces to make you feel utterly relaxed from the moment you walk through the door. Boasting a marble and wood interior, it is a haven of peace amongst the hubbub of the city while only being a stone's throw away from all the major sites (it’s situated two blocks away from the Acropolis). Head up to the stylish rooftop bar and enjoy a cocktail or two as you let the astounding views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus transport you through time.

Best Hotels in Athens

The New Hotel: A design-led five star hotel in the centre of Athens with quirky interior design inspired by Greek folklore.

Herodian Hotel: Combining contemporary style with historical heritage, the beautiful Herodian Hotel is just steps away from the Acropolis.

St George, Lycabettus: A well-designed family friendly hotel offering panoramic views from the rooftop pool and dining balconies.

Eating

Where To Eat In Athens: Nolan

For Grecian food with an exotic twist, a reservation at Nolan is a must. The menu champions innovative sharing dishes, creatively mixing Greek-Mediterranean food with Japanese cuisine. Proudly holding a Michelin star, the restaurant is intimate, comfortable and contemporary and offers an exciting selection of imaginative cocktails to pair with your meal. We recommend the delicious Cod Burger combined with Japanese korokke.

Best Restaurants in Athens

Psaras Taverna: The oldest restaurant in Plaka, this taverna is well-loved and serves classic Greek plates in an idyllic open terrace.

Aleria Restaurant: Located in a restored neoclassical villa, this stylish fine-dining restaurant serves contemporary twists on Mediterranean cuisine.

Tzitzikas Kai Mermigas: A relaxed and friendly no-frills restaurant serving hot and cold mezze – perfect for an easy lunch.

Seeing

What to do in Athens: Paraphernalia

Visiting Paraphernalia will give you a taste of the old and the new all in one hit. From antique collections of furniture to upcycled accessories, you can browse amongst the diverse craftsmanship not only from Greece but from all around the world. This independent design and lifestyle store is constantly changing. From jewellery to homeware, there is bound to be something to catch your attention. Lose yourself in imaginative and well-designed objects in a shop that is the first of its kind in Athens.

Best Things to do in Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center: A fascinating art and culture centre located in the bay of Faliro. Check ahead for upcoming exhibitions, tours and music events.

Walking Tour of Plaka: Walk through cobblestoned paths and discover one of the oldest and most picturesque neighbourhoods of Athens, right beneath the majestic Acropolis.

Stavros Mellisnos: Known as the Poet-Sandal Maker of Athens, the humble shoe shop of Stravos Mellisnos has attracted star-studded clientele from the Beatles to Sophia Loren – a trip to Athens isn’t complete without a visit.