Many places I used to know seem to have been renovated recently for the Olympics. Here's what I'm looking at now, but feel free to email me with your favorites!
7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos 10558
6 Makri, 11742
AVA Hotel Athens
Lyssikratous Street, Plaka, 10558,
Magna Grecia Boutique Hotel
54 Mitropoleos, Athens, 10563,
011-30 210 324-0314-5
18 N Nikodimou Street, Athens 10557
Pireos 78, Athens, 10435,
Lissikratous 6, Athens
Diogenous 4, 011-30-210-322-0666. "mouthwatering giouvetsi."
80 Piraios, 011-30-210-522-8400. Terrific seafood. Reservations required. Closed Sunday.
23 Ap. Pavlou Thisio
Galaxy Bar & Barbecue
on the roof terrace of the Athens Hilton
46 Vassilissis Sofias Ave.
Off the Beaten Path
(on Athens) often has excellent tips on unusual sights, as well as places
to eat and sleep.
One thing that's cropped up since the
Olympics is the new Pireos district, west of the Acropolis. It includes many new museums and art spaces built for the Olympics
and connects to the older part of the city via Ermou Street.
Since I was a small child, we've always
visited the amazingly well preserved Temple of Hephaestus on the hill northwest of the Agora.
Though you can no longer go inside, as you could when I was a kid, in some
places you can still see the paint on the wooden roof of the porch.
the poet sandalmaker of Athens, is in new digs in the Monastiraki district
at 2 Aghias Theklas. He now does much of the sandalmaking, together with
Pick up a 10-euro transit pass on the Athens Metro for unlimited use on all public transportation for up to a week. Get it at the Syntagma metro station.
Open Apr-Oct daily 8:00-19:00; Nov-Mar daily 8:00-16:30.
Open 8:00-19:00 daily, Oct-Mar 8:30-15:00 daily.
National Archaeological Museum
44, Patission Str. , 011-30-210-8217717.
Open Apr-Oct Tues-Sun 8:00-19:00 & Mon 12:30-19:00, Nov-Mar Tues-Sun 8:00-15:00 & Mon 10:30-17:00.
1, Koumbari Str & Vas. Sofias Ave.,
011-30-210 367 1000
Museum of Cycladic Art
Neofytou Douka 4, metro: Evangelismos
011-30-210-72.28.321-3. Open 10:00-16:00 Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, 10:00-15:00 Sat.
Syntagma Square & Changing of Guard
Every hour on the hour, with a full ceremony, complete with marching band, at 11:00 on Sunday.
Stoa of Attalos & Museum of the Agora
Kastorias 34-36, Votanikos
011-03-210 348 0000
- Fodor's Guide to Athens