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Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
The Acropolis is, for most people, the "can't miss" site. Because of its popularity it can be very busy, and the hours seem to change constantly. There's also the possibility that the workers might go on strike, which can mess with your plans as...
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Athens 105 58, Greece

You can’t miss the Parthenon, the majestic ruin towering above Athens. Originally painted in vivid hues, this feat of architecture, engineering, and artistry is still as awe-inspiring as it was almost 2,500 years ago. Le Corbusier, pioneer...

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Athens 105 58, Greece
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. According to legend, the ancient gods battled it out to become Athens' patron deity. The showdown came after the Phoenicians founded a city at a giant rock near the Aegean some two and a half million years...
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Athens 105 58, Greece
Acropolis is one of the world's most famous landmarks and Greece's center of history and culture. The Parthenon is the largest structure of the Acropolis and is admired by the entire world. The temple was complete in 438 BC and was dedicated to...
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Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina 105 58, Greece
Many who climb the stairs are only thinking of seeing the Parthenon and the Erechtheum, but I like shooting the Propylaea simply for what it is, an interesting work of columns and walls. If I didn't mention what I shot, then one could think of a...
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Pl. Sintagmatos, Athina 105 63, Greece
Syntagma Square is most notoriously known for its political demonstrations in front of the Parliament Building. All the major events in Greece over the past century have been mourned or celebrated here, and it's a hub of activity. Grassy areas...
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Athens 105 57, Greece
In front of the Parliament House in Athens, the Evzones, an infantry unit of the Greek Army, guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Evzones wear traditional Greek red and blue uniforms. The changing of the guards takes place every hour and...
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Athens 117 41, Greece
Climb up here to see the Philopappos Monument, an ancient Greek mausoleum dedicated to Philopappos, and you'll be treated to one of the best views of the Acropolis. This whole area is surrounded by rare green space in Athens, so take some time to...
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At 300 meters, Mount Lycabettus is the highest peak in Athens. Every half an hour a funicular whizzes up to the summit. Among other attractions, there’s a restaurant with sky-high prices and views to match. On a clear day, you can see the...
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Polignotou 3, Athina 105 55, Greece
Slave-traders and shoe-menders, jewelers and moneylenders haggled and gossiped at this ancient marketplace the history of which spans five millennia. The Agora was also the stomping ground of rival philosophers Plato and Socrates—the latter...
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Frinis 1, Athina 116 34, Greece
Pangrati is my neighborhood. Outside of the first Olympic stadium, there are few tourist attractions. Most of this area's energy just comes from Athenians going about their daily lives. You'll find grocery and clothing stores—slices of real Greek...
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Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 1, Athina 105 57, Greece
I always like to point out how there is more to Greece than just beaches, shopping, islands, and ruins. The National Garden of Athens is a gorgeous green walk filled with different breeds of trees, flowers, and plenty of sculpture that differs...
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Likavittou, Athina, Greece
On my way down from Likavittos, I noticed this is the bench to sit and take in Athens. The view of the city below can't get any better. I had seen the church on the top of Likavittos Hill through the lens of my camera from the Acropolis and was...
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Take a walk up Pnyx Hill, simply to appreciate where the Democratic Assembly once took place. The crowds here tend to be sparse, so you'll be able to enjoy a little respite from the Athens havoc. Take note of the path: it's paved with ancient...
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Polignotou 3, Athina 105 55, Greece
Often overlooked for its glorious Classical past, Athens offers a unique perspective into Ottoman architecture. The Fetiye Tzami is located in the Roman Agora. Until 2010 it housed artifacts from the Roman Agora and nearby excavations. Although...
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Anafiotika, Athina 105 58, Greece
Anafiotika is best described as a tiny village planted in the middle of a major city. I still think anyone visiting Athens should make an effort to venture away from the usual sights and explore this hidden gem. You'll find scenic walkways such as...
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Exarcheia, Athens 106 81, Greece
Exarcheia is the most unique neighborhood in Athens, by far. It's not for everyone. It's gritty, graffiti-laden, and crawling with punk rock kids who are far more harmless than they appear. But behind its rough exterior you'll find a dozen...
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Athens 106 81, Greece
The Exarcheia District in Athens is home to artists and cool, small businesses such as music and book stores, art galleries and even a pop-up basement Comme des Garçon shop. The district was once a hotbed of Greek anarchist activity and is also an...
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Kallidromiou 94, Athina 114 73, Greece
If you tire of the crowds of tourists in Athens, wander a mile or so from the noise into Exarcheia. You'll find loads of cool bars, bookstores, and coffeeshops along with local punkish types in leather with mohawks. It's rough around the edges and...
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Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
Athens is an incredible city to visit but can feel busy and overwhelming, especially during peak tourist season. Escape the hustle and bustle with a visit to the resort town of Vouliagmeni on the Attica coast. I took this photo from a café right...
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Epicharmou 1, Athina 105 58, Greece
Delicious Greek food? Check. Warm and friendly location? Check. Wood stove piping away in the corner? Check! If you're going to binge on mezethes (small plates of traditional food) and then indulge in some tsipouro (pomace brandy), Kafenio is the...
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Akadimias, Athina, Greece
Petrino’s Athens location was formerly a café where renowned Greek politicians, lawyers, and artists hung out in the 1800s. Inside the newly renovated restaurant, you’ll discover gorgeous stonework and numerous vibrant, tasteful paintings adorning...
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Ερωτοκρίτου και, Erechtheos 16, Athina 105 56, Greece
When in Athens, venture away from the typical sites and explore the neighborhood of Anafiotika. It's like a tiny quiet village was planted in the middle of a major metropolis. A relic of the old days, the area now is a maze of small decorative...
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Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
When I think of Greece, I don't think of great sushi but Matsuhisa Athens proves me wrong. In modernly appointed dining spaces overlooking the Mediterranean sea, they serve distinct dishes and seasonal specials. The natural ambiance and organic...
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Athens, Greece
Maybe the most ubiquitous dish in the capital city, but the window on the corner of Monastiraki and Metropoulos is where you go if you want the best souvlaki Athens has to offer.
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If you’ve had enough souvlaki and moussaka for the day, Puerta de España offers an authentic Spanish experience. Located in the heart of Athens, this restaurant and club offers nine kinds of paella (yep, nine!) and a plentiful wine selection from...
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Mitropoleos 69, Athina 105 55, Greece
have a gyro in monastiraki sq -- can you resist a sandwich with french fries inside? perfect as a pitstop while you're out on the town. open til 2 am, about 2 euros will get you this delicious treat. ask for it spicy if you like, but know that you...
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Mitropoleos, Athina 105 56, Greece
My new Greek friend introduced me to the "freddo cappuccino," something very different than anything found in Italy or anywhere else for that matter. I got scolded for slurping it up in under three minutes and was told the Greek way is to make it...
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Athens, Greece
Wandering through Omonia, my fiance and I came across this massive music and electronics store called Metropolis. Best way to describe it is a copycat of a Virgin Megastore. Up on the top floor they had a nice, quiet cafe that I believe many don't...
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Dionysiou Areopagitou 3, Athina 117 42, Greece
After a hot and crowded visit to the breathtaking Acropolis, I enjoyed a wonderful treat of fresh Greek yogurt with my choice of unique toppings. On that particular day, I selected candied bergamot, crushed biscuits, and almond slivers. If that...
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Apostolou Pavlou 27, Athina 118 51, Greece
Chocolate aficionados will find plenty to satisfy their cravings at Chocolat Royal Café. Serving up delectable chocolates, sweets, coffee, hot chocolate, cocktails, and a few salads and risottos, this chic café is a great spot to grab an...
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Kidathineon 41, Athina 105 58, Greece
While sitting outside at a café in Plaka, the historical neighborhood in Athens, a brightly colored wall across the way—filled with bottles—caught my eye. Ouzo was something I wanted to try, as it is for many first-time visitors to Greece, but...
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Athens, Greece
Rooftop bars abound in Athens. From the top of Bar 360 on a late spring evening you can watch the trajectory of the sunset from the walls of surrounding ruins.
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Kidathineon 41, Athina 105 58, Greece
We had a lovely time at Brettos as the finishing touch of our stroll through Plaka.
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Avramiotou 6-8, Athina 105 51, Greece
In the Plaka, there's an unassuming doorway leading to this underground event space. Six d.o.g.s. Cultural Space hosts events and has a bar, gallery, and outdoor garden area. Since opening a few years ago, it has become a focal point for Athens...
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Every summer, the Athens Festival brings world-class performances to an unorthodox range of venues across town. The most impressive is this Roman amphitheater beneath the Acropolis, where Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra and ballerina Sylvie Guillem...
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Themistokleous 66, Athina 106 81, Greece
Nosotros is a free social space in Exarcheia where the youth come to discuss politics or to participate in seminars on literature, theater, painting, music, dance, and more. You can even take a cooking or photography class. If you're a visitor,...
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Athens, Greece
Ergon’s aim is to redefine and promote classic Greek cuisine. They have restaurants and delis in Athens and throughout Greece. These are inspired by a traditional deli, but cast in a contemporary style, where products are sourced from small,...
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Tsocha 37, Athina 115 21, Greece
In North Athens, Sweet Alchemy, designed by Kois Associated Architects for celebrity chef Stelios Parliaros, offers magical delicacies in a beautiful presentation. The sugary treats are arranged like ingredients for potions inside this...
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Plaka, Athens 105 58, Greece
We picked up some gyros to-go during our stroll through the historic Plaka neighborhood below the Acropolis. Thespidos street was particularly memorable for the cafe we stopped at and discovering Brettos bar, which we decided to come back to enjoy...
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Athinas, Athina 105 51, Greece
The noisy, smelly, chaos of Athens Central Market is an experience no foodie (or photographer) should miss. The colours, shapes and patterns are a compositional dream, but the market is not for the squeamish. You can find every conceivable...
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Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece
Centered around a flea market, Monastiraki Square is busy with musicians, beggars, street performers, and tourists. Sometimes you'll hear fireworks going off here, for no particular reason. Sometimes there'll be full-on drum circles. The...
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Pl. Dexamenis, Athina 106 73, Greece
“Laiki Agora” translates to “People’s Market,” and Athen’s laikes are very similar to American farmers' markets. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables harvested locally, along with meats, olive oils, spices, yogurt, honey, wine…the list goes on. ...
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Keramikou 28, Athina 104 36, Greece
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In the Metaxourgio, possibly the least touristy area of Athens, is the Kunsthalle Athena, where temporary exhibitions are mounted. Everyone here works for free. Since the Kunsthalle Athena opened last year, it has already had...
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Athens, Greece
Two traditional dishes found in Greece are the famous "Giros", which can be made of beef or chicken and dressed with the fresh white "Tzatziki" sauce. then we have "Souvlaki" which are skewers of meat (pork, lamb or chicken) seasoned with...
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Corinth 201 00, Greece
If you visit Athens you may choose to escape the city for a day and explore some of the surroundings areas. The popular choice in Greece for travel is the islands, and if you have 5 days or more it can be a lot of fun. If you really want to visit...
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Glyfada, Greece
Most people assume that from Athens, going for a swim in the Mediterranean is a simple task. This isn't completely true. The closest beach from downtown Athens is about a 30-minute drive, and this beach is not that great. If you're taking public...
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Mitropoleos 69, Athina 105 55, Greece
I was once walking through the back streets of a tourist neighbourhood when I heard a woman on her cell phone explaining how she had discovered a “secret out of the way" restaurant. Seeing as she was in one of the main tourist areas in Athens, I...
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Kolonaki, Athens 106 75, Greece
Kolonaki is Athens's affluent and posh neighborhood, and the access point to scaling Lycabettus Mountain. Kolonaki is a stunning contrast to nearby neighborhoods like Exarcheia and Omonia; this is where the elite hang out, and instead of graffiti...
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Κ Μιαούλη, Ermou 84, Athina 105 54, Greece
Monastiraki square is my favorite square in all of Athens. This is truly the place where many aspects of Greek culture mix together. It is located on the boarder of a very touristy area the Plaka and a very local area Psiri. It's also in an area...
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Adrianou 24, Athina 105 55, Greece
Most people assume that if you visit one place in Athens, it has to be the Acropolis. I can't argue with the sentiment, but I can argue that the Agora is a much nicer place to visit, and it has some of the best spots to see the Acropolis. Once you...
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Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece
Built in the 4th century B.C.E., rebuilt for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and refurbished for the 2004 Athens Olympics, this horseshoe stadium now serves as the finish line for the Athens Marathon. For centuries, nude male athletes...
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28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece
Vast and glorious, this is the largest archeological museum in Greece and considered one of the most important institutions for antiquity anywhere. Inside its collonaded neoclassical building are collections dating to prehistoric times and...
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Mitropoleos, Athina 105 56, Greece
While you won't find a wide variety of churches in Athens, you will find many Greek Orthodox churches. In fact there are several squares with multiple churches all around them. Feel free to wander in, but be respectful of the dress codes, and of...
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Athens 105 55, Greece
Pnyx and the Filopappou hill are located right next to the Acropolis with then main entrance being near the entrance to the Acropolis. Both of these hills have some ancient ruins on them, Pnyx has an ancient theatre and Filopappou has a monument...
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Athens 105 55, Greece
Hadrian's library is one. Of the easiest sites to find in Athens, and a great way to slow down the pace of a frantic day of touring around the city. Only 20 meters from Monastiraki square in the heart of the old neighborhood. To the untrained eye...
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Leof. Vasileos Alexandrou 2, Athina 161 21, Greece
If you want to go shopping with the locals there is really only one way to do it, the laiki agora. The laiki agora, or just laiki as most people call it, translates to the people's market. In the olden days this was a weekly market where all of...
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Ag. Panteleimonas, Athina 104 46, Greece
While most neighbourhoods in Athens are safe particularly around the tourist areas, there are a few places that can be a little bit sketchy. Some neighbourhoods are only dangerous under particular circumstances, while others aren't really that...
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Athens 105 57, Greece
The Temple of Olympian Zeus was the largest of all the known temples in Athens, around twice the size of the Parthenon. The Parthenon still stands fairly close to its original size, whereas the Temple of Olympian Zeus is now just a...
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Ermou, Athina 105 53, Greece
The location of the Kerameikos graveyard is fairly off the beaten path, and there's basically no signs or anything to tell you how to get there. There's also very little information about this site in most guidebooks or maps. Having said all of...