Shopping, Gastronomy & Nightlife
While visiting Athens it is well worth to take some time and explore its diverse and unique city center. Above Syntagma (the Constitution Square) one can indulge in luxurious treats in shops like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel and more in one of Athens finest districts, Kolonaki. In addition to the multitude of shops, cafes and restaurants in Kolonaki and Syntagma, for those seeking quality with less time on their hands, the Attica department store offers everything one might need to buy from various price ranges promising to satisfy all budgets.
Just south of Syntagma, lies Ermou street and the Monastiraki square. Long roads full of fun, fresh and funky brands, flee markets of clothes, food, antiques, books and souvenirs bursting with life on a daily basis for those who enjoy a more bohemian life style and wish to explore the more cultural and casual side of Athens.
Plaka and Monastiraki are located just around the Acropolis and are part of what is called “Old Town”. The streets are mostly cobblestoned and are decorated with various ancient monuments. Souvenir shops are in almost every corner as well as local jewelry parlors and shops with hand-made items.
Greek gastronomy has recorded a history of around 4,000 years, with especial characteristics based on pure and unique quality goods produced on Greek soil. In fact, it was Archestratos who wrote the first cookbook in history (330 B.C.). In truth Greek cuisine has four secrets: good quality fresh ingredients, correct use of flavorings (herbs) and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and simplicity.
Olive oil, honey, salt and cheese may be the signature tastes one remembers after having a meal here but there are many more ways to impress your palette and satisfy your cravings. Due to the ever generous Mediterranean sea, a Greek table is almost never complete without various delicious fresh fish.
Finally when it comes to drinking, wine has been imbedded in the Greek culture since the ancient times and is still taken and drunk very seriously by Greeks today as there are hundreds of wineries around the country and countless wine bars in all cities and islands. Other famous Greek drinks include Ouzo, Raki and the mysterious Mastic that can only be produced in one island in Greece as the plants of its origin are unable to grow successfully anywhere else in the entire world for reasons still unknown to this day.
Athens Nightlife, Cultural Life and Entertainment
One of the main characteristics of Greek Culture tourists notice is the vibrant lifestyle and unique hospitality of Athenians.
From jazz bars to pubs and the clubs to the traditional Greek Bouzoukia, Athens is a vibrant city offering a wide range of options that appeal to all sorts of lifestyles and tastes.
Dinner in Greece is served relatively late compared to other countries, reservations are rarely booked before 9 pm and bars never close before 2 am. Clubs in Athens can stay open until the morning hours making every night into a special occasion where one can meet new people, as Greeks have a tendency to meet, greet and include people when they are having fun.
As a night starter, Greece is one of the few countries in Europe where all cinemas play films in their original language with complimentary subtitles, therefore allowing our visitors to enjoy the pleasure of a movie the same way they would at home country.