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Design and Art Tour of Athens

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I was unsure what to expect when I recently traveled to Greece, my native homeland. My family moved to the US when I was seven and I haven't been back to Greece in 20 years. What I found surprised and enchanted me: Even as austerity measures were being put into place, I discovered a vibrant design scene and scrappy creative spirit on the streets of Athens. There are so small ventures filling the cultural and social gaps in the city that it is truly inspirational—and definitely worth a visit!
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Iasonos 45, Athina 104 36, Greece
The Breeder Gallery's top-floor "Breeder Feeder" is mostly defunct these days. The upper story of the gallery now hosts shorter art residencies and features fun shows or interactive "happenings" by the gallery's younger artists, like Zoë...
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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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Filellinon 16, Athina 105 57, Greece
Owned by the world-renowned art collector Dakis Joannou and smartly decorated by quirky Brazilian designers the Campana brothers, the New Hotel is the city’s coolest upscale design-centric property, with 79 rooms (including seven suites) and...