Now that's something you don't hear everyday.
We've noticed recently that a lot of people who have travelled through Athens, wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. Why? Because it's not your typical picturesque holiday destination? Well, if you think that... You're doing it wrong! Athens has so much to offer. From sight seeing, relaxing, eating to partying. Athens has it all. (And if you're a cat lover, there are plenty of them to go around too!)
Let me give you some hot tips on places to go in Athens. Try hating it, I dare you!
The bar scene is crazy in Athens. There are literally bars in every street, corner, alley, hill... Name any place in Athens and yup! there's a bar there. Here are a couple of my favourites, in no particular order.
This place is ah-mazing. I was taken here by my friends from Lost Athina one night. We walked from one alleyway to another, I had no idea where they were taking me, I even thought maybe we were lost. We finally got to a door and entered. We walked down a couple of stairs and then boom! The beauty of SIX D.O.G.S hit me square in the face. It took my breath away. An open terraced courtyard that you'll have to see to believe.
Set in an early 20th century Athenian apartment, Clumsies is an internationally known cocktail bar run by two finalists of the prestigious Diageo WORLD CLASS bartender of the year competition. By that alone, you know you're in good hands!
Become one of the locals in this neon lit rooftop bar in central Athens. Whether you're enjoying a coffee during the day or a cocktail at night. Couleur Locale will transport you out of the hustle and bustle of the modern city, and leave you breathless with the amazing views of the ancient Acropolis.
I don't know if you've heard, but Greece does a mean souvlaki. But did you also know there's more to Greek cuisine than a souvlaki and salad? Here's a couple of my favourite places to eat. Again, in no particular order.
This traditional deli/tavern specialises in Greek cuisine from the region of Asia Minor. Ta Karamanlidika have generations of family experience in producing top quality cured meats, smoked cheese, famous for their blends of exotic spices. Enjoy a mixed platter of cold cuts or dive right into their hot platters. Oh, and their on the house dessert is to die for!
Located in the eclectic Exarchia area, Oxo Nou is a great place to sample the rich Cretan cuisine. Upon being seated, you will be given a shot of traditional Cretan alcohol called Raki which is meant for sipping with your food. (Warning: Raki is very potent, so don't try sculling it!). Crete is known for its extremely healthy foods which are full of flavour. And if you're brave enough, you can even try their snails.
Now if after these recommendations you're still craving a souvlaki, we beg you try one with a twist. Kostas at platia Irini in Monastiraki is truly a local experience. This hole in the wall shop is easy to miss, especially with a common name like Kosta! But, here you'll find a specialty souvlaki which has spicy tomato salsa rather than tzatziki. A real explosion of flavour!
Well of course, this isn't the entire list of best places to go. We'll have to do another blog post soon of more places we love and placed we find while we're here. If you have any other suggestions on places to go in Athens, let us know! x