10 great things to do in Athens: readers travel tips - Halong Junk Cruises

10 great things to do in Athens: readers travel tips

WINNING TIP: Alternative Tours of Athens

Walks organised by a collective of local photographers, artists, writers, musicians, designers and architects are the perfect way to see another side of Athens. There are tours on photography, street art, social movements, architecture – and on bikes.
+30210 322 6713, atathens.org, €10pp
Natasha Warburton

Food Str

Super range of options at this burger joint for both meat-lovers and veggies alike – the parmesan and mushroom burger is a particular delight. Perfect way to end a night out in Athens.
14 Kalamiotou Street
ID2492771

Cafe Avissinia

Cafe Avissinia, Athens

A great place to eat, whether it’s in the winter when it’s snug and atmospheric, or the summer when you can sit on the roof terrace with a spectacular view of the Acropolis. Prices are reasonable and the food is delicious, particularly the smoked pork with prunes.
Kinetou 7, avissinia.gr
Athena42

Lake Vouliagmeni

At this lake 20km from the city, underground hot springs keep the temperature at 24C and the mineral and salt in the water are said to cure almost anything from arthritis to skin complaints. Look out for early- and late-summer special events at the lake, such as jazz nights and theatre performances.
+30 21 0896 2237, limnivouliagmenis.gr
ID5587998

Gazarte

Gazarte, Athens

A venue that blends live music with a cinema, bar-restaurant and bookshop. The music is high-quality, with artists such as Eli Paspalla or Dave Holland. The cinema is non-mainstream, and the food and ambience very pleasant.
+30 21 0346 0347, gazarte.gr
Makz

Skoufias Taverna

Hidden in the Omonia area, this taverna is popular with local housewives and workers. It is terrific value and many dishes have a Cretan influence – my favourite is red rooster with ouzo.
Vasileiou Megalou 50
TheCapeCruiser

Thea Terrace Bar, Central Hotel

Thea Terrace Bar, Central Hotel, Athens

Panoramic views of Athens and the Acropolis from this rooftop bar. Time your visit to coincide with the sunset – made more dramatic by the gradual illumination of the Acropolis. Sip a cocktail and enjoy mezze served by friendly staff. Pure theatre!
Apollonos 21, +30 21 0323 4357, centralhotel.gr
CarolFerguson

The Art Foundation

Great space for drinks during the day and then even better at night, when the place is lit up. Grab a drink and explore the art exhibitions within the building. There is no roof in the middle so it’s a great place to admire the stars on a warm Athens night.
Normanou 5, theartfoundation.metamatic.gr
Ericmurf55

Kokkinos Lotos

Sip your favourite tipple lounging on comfy cushions round a rustic table or standing at the bar where you order, which helps keep prices very reasonable. The atmosphere’s buzzing.
+30 21 038 1380, Zoodochou Pigis 5,
Bourtzi

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