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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.
Neighbourhood
“White houses with blue windows, little piece of Aegean islands in the heart of Athens”
  • 96 locals recommend
Plaza
“Syntagma Square (Greek: Πλατεία Συντάγματος, pronounced [plaˈtia sinˈdaɣmatos], "Constitution Square") is the central square of Athens.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Museum
“Houses a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of modern art, sculpture, photography, architecture, theatre and more, in a beautifully refurbished building. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
History Museum
“Byzantine history buffs will be overwhelmed by the vast collection, focusing on the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods from the 3rd to the 21st Centuries AD. The Byzantine Museum houses more than 25,000 objects from several former provinces of Byzantium including Serbia, Bulgaria, Thessaloniki, Mystras and Crete. Located near the upmarket area of Kolonaki, the main museum building resembles a Tuscan villa set in a beautiful enclosed courtyard away from the busy main road of Vasilissis Sofias. It’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and you can easily picture yourself sitting in the nearby coffee shop with a good book. The building was built in 1948 in the Tuscan Renaissance style and is an architectural rarity in Athens.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bar
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“Terrace all day bar with excellent view of the acropolis. 1” from our studios.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Café
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“Beautiful spot, one of the best views in Athens with Acropolis just a reach away. Good cocktails, and food. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Landmark
“Map of temple of hephaestus DescriptionThe Temple of Hephaestus or Hephaisteion or earlier as the Theseion, is a well-preserved Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built. It is a Doric peripteral temple, and is located at the north-west side of the Agora of Athens, on top of the Agoraios Kolonos hill.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“The Hellenic Parliament in Greek known as Voulí ton Ellínon is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. The Parliament is the supreme democratic institution that represents the citizens through an elected body of Members of Parliament (MPs). Complimentary guided tours of Hellenic Parliament take place in June, July and September, providing fascinating insights into the history of the building. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the grand rooms such as the Assembly Hall and the debating chamber and learn more about Greece’s modern history. Greek guards or “Evzones” are members of the Presidential Guard found outside the Hellenic Parliament. They have become synonymous with the city of Athens and were originally founded in 1868 as a regiment of the Greek army. It is a high honour for a soldier to be selected to join the Evzones. They guard the grave of the Unknown Soldier that represents the common memory of all unknown soldiers killed at war. The changing of the Greek guards occurs every day at the top of the hour.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Landmark
“The Roman Agora (in the Plaka area) was an architectural complex, built between 19 and 11 B.C., consisting of a large rectangular court surrounded by colonnades (stoas). Behind the stoas were various shops.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“For the Greeks in ancient Athens, the Theatre of Dionysus was a very important part of their lives. Today it is considered to be the place where European theatre had its beginnings. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Café
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“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.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Kebab Restaurant
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“Thanasis kebab is a traditional grill/restaurant where you can find the best souvlaki in Athens.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Located next to the National Gardens, the Zappeion Mansion, or simply, ‘Zappeion’, as it is called by the locals, is one of the most impressive and important historical buildings in Athens. As early as 1859, the Greek government had been contemplating renovating the structure, using plans drawn up by Theophile Hansen and his French counterpart Boulanger. Although well funded by Evangelos Zappas, the project never quite got off the ground. Eventually, Hansen became involved and the project was finally approved. Its official inauguration took place in 1888. Ever since, the Zappeion has become a symbol of modern Athens. It has been home to a variety of functions, including exhibitions, official ceremonies, parts of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and Hellenic Radio in 1936. Today it serves as a press centre for political parties during elections.”
  • 32 locals recommend
History Museum
“The well-organised museum was founded with the purpose of housing the Goulandris private collection of Cycladic Art. It is one of the leading museums in Athens.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Café
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“The Gazi is the new cool place to be in Athens, full of restaurants, cafes, music, and art by the old city gas-works which has been turned into a museum-cultural center that may be unique in all of Europe.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Lycabettus hill can be reached either by car, simply follow the only road. On foot through the many footpaths and by the funicular. At the top there is an open air theatre that hosts a lot of cultural events in the summer. If you find yourself in Athens at this time of year watching a performance from up there is a unique experience. You can also visit the church of Ayios Georgios enjoy your coffee in the café or have dinner in Orizodes restaurant. Most importantly enjoy the incredible view of the city.”
  • 36 locals recommend