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Things to do in Athens

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“The Acropolis Museum is a jewel of architecture and is full of treasures of antiquity. Unique exhibits that captivate you, beautiful location, opposite the rock of the Acropolis and ideal location accessible by metro.”
  • 454 locals recommend
Hill
“What to describe about the Acropolis? It is a timeless classic beauty, with wonderful views and enchanting energy.  A 2,500-year-old monument of perfect architecture worth visiting at least once in your life.”
  • 371 locals recommend
History Museum
“Founded in the 19th century, Athens' National Archaeological Museum is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the greatest antiquities museums in the world. Ticket price: 6€ per person (winter season) or 12€ per person (summer season)”
  • 275 locals recommend
Park
“The National Garden is a public park of 15.5 hectares (38 acres) in the center of Αthens, behind the Greek Parliament building. The Royal Garden was commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 and completed by 1840. It was designed by the German agronomist Friedrich Schmidt who imported over 500 species of plants and a variety of animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles. It is open to the public from sunrise to sunset.”
  • 285 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The "district of the gods", Plaka probably owes its name to a large stone slab found in the area of ​​the church of Agios Georgios Alexandria, next to the ancient theater of Dionysus. Together with Monastiraki it is one of the most touristic areas of Athens and certainly the oldest districts. Walking through its alleys, the walker enjoys images of another era. A large part of our history was written here ... The sacred rock of the Acropolis has been shading the area for 3,500 years. The first university, a multitude of churches and museums. Wherever you look, a piece from the past is waiting to meet you ....”
  • 317 locals recommend
Track Stadium
“Imposing and beautiful monument, a sample of culture and a symbol of sportsmanship worldwide. It is truly a jewel for Athens. Wonderful imposing beautiful. If you close your eyes you may hear the sounds of the world. You may feel a little of the glamor of the time. You have to go and sit in the stands and let the space enchant you.”
  • 235 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“If you start at the top of Syntagma Square and walk down the steps and past the fountain, at the bottom of the square is the beginning of Ermou Street, a paradise for those who live to shop. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Once the largest temple in Greece, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, now lies near the center of the town, still offering a majestic sight.”
  • 143 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“flea market, antiques market, open market, historical sights, playground for children, small football playground for kids, restaurants, cafes, everything !”
  • 193 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“At the highest point of Athens and the best panoramic view! You can't write much to touch something of the beauty that this place offers! Experience that I highly recommend to all those who have not climbed !!”
  • 200 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek Agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Museum
“Former family mansion of an art collector, with displays on Greek culture from prehistory onwards.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Views of Athens & the Acropolis attract hikers to this small peak with an ancient monument.”
  • 135 locals recommend
Plaza
“If you love antiques and hunting for treasure this market is perfect for you! Record stores and memorabilia are common to find at great prices”
  • 121 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The fully preserved temple of Hephaestus is a must see and the area is full of places to have a coffee a refreshment or something to eat, with stunning views of the Acropolis.”
  • 115 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“Erotic, nostalgic, romantic, loving, warm and lively. A place with a unique aesthetic.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Ama Laxei on Kallidromiou is also a local favourite. With an outdoor courtyard that is always packed in the summer, as well as a vibrant indoor space, this historic spot is an essential Exarchia bucket list. Serving up a range of traditional Greek cuisine, the menu is a flawless mix of delicious meze and succulent meat plates. If you’re in a big group make sure to book in advance.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy your drink in a cool terrace with a view to the Acropolis and a wonderful sunset.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Kebab Restaurant
“The kebab is known as an Eastern food tradition. Trust me Greeks cook it and they do it great. A great cheap lunch that is something that you must taste. And is it is located in monastoraki area of Athens that you can enjoying shopping sightseeing and art galleries. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Café
“All day cafe with good savory and sweet pies. It is a very cozy place, a meeting point for locals in Plaka, the old town of Athens.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Great vegetarian and vegan restaurant. We usually go for lunch. Everything on the menu is yummy! ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Gastropub
“For all kind of flavors and dishes located in the heart of the historic center of Athens.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“An awarded greek restaurant nestled in the neighborhood of Koukaki. Serves original traditional flavors in a refined way. Most of their products are brought by small producers from Mani (Peloponnese). Try their mouthwatering pasta with rooster.”
  • 51 locals recommend

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