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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
“A vividly curated trove of stunning sculptures, ceramics, and other treasures from the Acropolis.The 14,000 square-metre glass and concrete landmark, designed by the architect Bernard Tschumi, was completed in 2009.Beyond the obvious reason that it houses the treasures of the Acropolis, the museum has also consistently figured on lists of the world’s top 10 museums, both for its contents and its design.The grounds of the early 19th-century Weiler Building, which had been used in the 1930s as an army barracks and later gendarmerie. It now houses the Acropolis Studies Centre. Must-see: The Parthenon Gallery on the top floor is ingeniously designed to recreate the magnificent temple’s frieze, using cast copies of sections currently in the British Museum and other collections. ”
  • 460 locals recommend
Hill
“Even the most jaded of world travelers cannot visit ancient Greece's most iconic attraction without being awestruck. Crowning a dramatic limestone crag, the Acropolis stands high above modern Athens as a symbol of the city's former glory, recalling the culture that flourished more than two millennia ago. In addition to the Parthenon, you'll find many more things to see among these emblematic ancient ruins. While wandering around the many archaeological remains of the Acropolis, you follow in the footsteps of Socrates, Pericles, and Sophocles and discover the building blocks of Western Civilization.The main attraction at the Acropolis is the Parthenon, but there are several key sites. After entering through the main gate, you will pass the theater Odeon of Herodes Atticus, then walk through the Beulé Gate before reaching the Propylaia, which is the dramatic main entrance to the Acropolis. If you look to the right as you are climbing up to the Propylaia, you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike perched up high. When you exit the Propylaia at the top, you can immediately see the Parthenon to the right and the Erechtheion complex on the left, with the easily recognizable statues of the Porch of the Caryatids. The attractions below offer more detail on each of these highlights of the Acropolis, as well as several others.”
  • 376 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of the greatest museums in the world with the richest collection of Greek artefacts from neolithic to classical times.Construction began in 1866 to a design by Ludwig Lange and was completed in 1889 by Ernst Ziller.It’s one of the world’s top collections of Greek antiquities and certainly the richest, with the 11,000 items on permanent display comprising just half of the museum’s holdings.With some 8,000 square metres of exhibition space, it’s hard to take in this panorama of Greek civilisation and achievement in a single visit. So it’s best to either stick to the most celebrated exhibits or focus on a single gallery or theme. Must-see: There is so much not to miss that this truly depends on your interests. The ‘Mask of Agamemnon’, the Santorini frescoes, the bronze Zeus or Poseidon and the ‘Jockey of Artemision’ are among the most popular exhibits. ”
  • 278 locals recommend
Park
“Its first name for the National Garden until 1974 was "Royal Garden". The park is located next to the Greek Parliament and extends to the south where the Zappeion Palace is located opposite the Panathinaikos Stadium where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The National Garden is 15.5 hectares. It is located in the center of Athens and, adding the garden of Zappeion with an area of ​​13 hectares, the park has an area of ​​28.5 hectares, ie a total of 285 acres. The garden houses ancient ruins, columns, mosaics, etc. At its southeastern end are the busts of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the great Philelina Eynardos, while at its southern end is the bust of the national poet Dionysios Solomos and Aristotle.”
  • 287 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The most famous Athenian neighbourhood of Plaka is definitely a top attraction for visitors. Its picturesque streets, historic landmarks and lively shops make it a must-see. Just be prepared for the crowds.Hugging the base of the Acropolis, the area extends from Filomousson Square, roughly at the intersection of Kidathinaion and Adrianou Streets, down to Monastiraki. The best way to see Plaka is to simply wander its lanes, chasing glimpses of the Acropolis between the neoclassical buildings, Byzantine churches, cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The prime sights are, of course, the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum. But do give yourself time to visit smaller gems that highlight less familiar aspects of Greek culture, like the Museum of Greek Folk Art, the Folk Instruments Museum and the fine private art and antiquities collections at the Frissiras and Kanellopoulos Museums.”
  • 322 locals recommend
Track Stadium
“When Pierre de Coubertin’s vision of reviving the Olympic Games became reality in 1896, the stadium where they would be held was not a random choice. Beneath the marble stands of the 204-metre long oval stadium were the ruins of a 4th century BC arena used for the Panathenaic Games, one of the four major athletic competitions of antiquity, and later by Roman gladiators. A private benefactor, Georgios Averoff, paid to have the stadium beautifully refitted with gleaming white stone from the same Pendeli quarry used millennia earlier to build the Acropolis, thus earning the venue its Greek name—Kallimarmaron, or beautiful marble. If climbing some 50 rows to reach the top of the world’s only all-marble stadium is daunting, walk up Eratosthenous and turn onto Archimidous Street to the rear entrance. This leads to a track around the stadium’s upper rim, a popular training run for local joggers. Follow the path through the Ardittos woods for one of the best views over the centre of Athens and the Acropolis.”
  • 238 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. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Temple of Olympian Zeus was actually built by the Romans in an attempt to gain favor with the Greeks they had just taken over. This was their attempt to show an appreciation for the Greeks and their culture and history. The Romans had such a respect for what the Greeks had achieved that they let them worship their own gods such as Zeus. This temple was built in the Roman Corinthian order of architecture and has suffered a lot over time. One of the fallen columns fell due to an earthquake not too long ago.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Monastiraki a central neibourghood part of the old city of Athens, colourfull, with many antiquity shops. Here, freind Chaba at the entrance of childrens Pary Poppins where he had a wonderfull time!”
  • 196 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“this place is only two kilometers from Byron and has a very nice view to see all of Athens and has nice restaurants”
  • 203 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Absolutely brilliant place, very tasteful restored. One can walk along the streets and sit beneath the trees amidst the ruins and imagine how life had been there some 2500 odd years ago. There is a good museum and decent ruins of one of the temples. The Acropolis and Aeropagus are very close.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Museum
“A one-stop panorama of Greek history and culture from the prehistoric era to the 20th century. The original building dates from 1860. Additional wings were added in 1930 and the 1990s. The Benaki Museum offers an ideal overview of Greek culture for the visitor in Athens with just a few hours, but has enough depth to be equally rewarding for the connoisseur. The story: Originally the Harokopos family residence, it was bought and renovated by Emmanuel Benakis in 1910. After his death in 1929, the building was turned into a museum by his son, Antonis Benakis. Must see: Two 18th-century parlours from northern Greece, complete with carved wood panelling and gold trim ceilings.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Filopappou Hill as well as the neighbouring Hill of the Nymphs and Hill of the Pnyx form a large recreational area away from the crowds in the streets below. Be sure to see the Filopappopu mausoleum which is a set of tall ruins. Carved into the hillside is the jail where Socrates was held in captivity. Also visit the open-air Dora Stratou Theatre.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Plaza
“This is a really fun, colorful and busy area. Lots of shopping options. It's actually a Flea Market with a lot of second-hand products (in stores), but there are also a lot of shops selling first-hand stuff as well as a good number of restaurants (mostly fast-food counters). It's fun to roam the area, checking out the clothes, accessories, gadgets, and more. But you either need a lot of time finding some good quality stuff or you just need to be lucky. Many many shops have the same kind of products, for similar prices. Ok, the cheap souvenirs are a bit cheaper here. But it's more of an area I'd stroll around and do window shopping rather than actually buy something. And the food is just your regular (greek) fast-food fare. Head elsewhere for good meals. Nonetheless, we'll come back next time when in Athens. Because it's fun just for what it is.”
  • 121 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Parthenon is the ultimate symbol. It is the universal symbol, the symbol of the civilization of civilizations and from this symbolism UNESCO chose it in the most absolute way as an emblem of the world, as an emblem of the common history of the human species. And rightly asked an unprecedented question, not to be answered but to always remain a question of reflection and reflection. "Can a unique monument serve as a symbol of both nationality and international culture?" (M. Beard).”
  • 95 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Crawling in bars!! Participate in a bar tour. In this way you have the opportunity to 􀃓nd authentic bars and dance until morning hours in night clubs. A night out in Athens is a unique experience no traveler should miss out. You pay 10 euros per person at the meeting point and that is all. From that time the tour begins! You will go in three di􀃔erent bars and clubs without paying any fees for the entrance and drink free welcome shots. In addition you will have discounts in your drinks. The tour takes usually around 3-4 hours.Amazing experience!! If you like to crawl please inform me,to tell you the meeting point and to arrange it”
  • 116 locals recommend

Top-rated experiences

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“Erotic, nostalgic, romantic, loving, warm and lively. A place with a unique aesthetic.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“For an original culinary experience, head to Ama Lachei for lunch or dinner. Walk through the gate of this converted primary school and you immediately get an idea of what an old Athenian courtyard used to look like. On a sunny day, you can soak up the relaxed atmosphere watching the locals gesture their way through endless conversations, as they occupy the tables for hours. You can try a variety of meze dishes that use local delicacies. There’s a good selection of wines and it all comes at very reasonable prices.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Bar
“Couleur Locale was the best-kept secret last year. An all day venue close to Monastiraki station, where you can admire the Acropolis from their rooftop terrace with great views of old Monastiraki. Guest DJs and live music gigs on Sundays has attracted a local following. Cool cocktails and casual bar food on offer as well.”
  • 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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