From the awe-inspiring Acropolis rising dramatically above the city to bustling grandeur squares, mesmerizing art galleries and chic bars, vibrant Athens is a dive into opulence, a city where magic unveils. Tourists are lured in by ancient monuments soaked up in enigmatic light, but it’s Athens, bewildering creativity that ignites the senses.
After being moved by the Imposing ancient wonders, it’s time to experience some local flair. Here’s our pick of the downtown localities of the Athens and their serene cafes amidst the hush and rush, delightful restaurants, shopping lanes and the hangout places.
Monastiraki and Psyrri
The hurly-burly of Monastiraki’s central square open to its brimming and clamoring market, a smorgasbord of antique shops and euphoric forum for people watching. And towards the south Ancient Agora which was the official conference place of the metropolis, retains it mystical charm. And just north lies Psyrri where tumbledown faced swarm the old quarter and lively bars and restaurants live in perfect harmony with warehouses and shackled workshops.
Syntagma and Plaka
Syntagma is the lifeline of the modern day Athens, with the pleasant Plateia Syntagmatos, its iconic meeting point and ceremonial capital. The National Gardens are a heavenly refuge from the chaotic streets, or it’s a short stroll to Plaka, which has an irresistible charm. Plakas’ narrow, cobbled streets crosses historic sites, restores neo-classical villas, entrancing museums and byzantine chapels.
Kolanki is a state of mind as much as a noun; it best prompts the Athenian enamor. Flamboyant Kolanki is where older money embraces the nouveau-riche. Kolonaki extends from Syntagma to the slopes of Lykavittos Hill. It is home to numerous enchanting cafes, sumptuous eateries, soothing galleries, and chic apartment blocks.
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