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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.
History Museum
“One of the most noteworthy museums in Athens where you can see original findings from the Acropolis archeological site and enjoy amazing views of the Parthenon. ”
  • 437 locals recommend
Hill
“The word acropolis literally means in Greek "upper city," and though associated primarily with the Greek cities Athens, Argos (with Larissa), Thebes (with Cadmea), and Corinth (with its Acrocorinth), may be applied generically to all such citadels, including Rome, Jerusalem, Celtic Bratislava, many in Asia Minor, or even Castle Rock in Edinburgh. An example in Ireland is the Rock of Cashel. Acropolis is also the term used by archaeologists and historians for the urban Castro culture settlements located in Northwestern Iberian hilltops. The most famous example is the Acropolis of Athens,which, by reason of its historical associations and the several famous buildings erected upon it (most notably the Parthenon), is known without qualification as the Acropolis. Acropolis of Athens achieved its form in the fifth century BC and is currently an archeological site.Although originating in the mainland of Greece, use of the acropolis model quickly spread to Greek colonies such as the Dorian Lato on Crete during the Archaic Period.”
  • 349 locals recommend
History Museum
“The history of Greece. Great building, great museum, with ancient greek treasures. The neighborhood is not very safe.”
  • 269 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful public park in the centre of Athens, great way to walk between places and take in the scenery. ”
  • 276 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“The historic neighbourhood of Athens with preserved houses and cobbled streets, surrounding the Acropolis Rock and overlooking the Ancient Agora. Visiting is a must!”
  • 287 locals recommend
Track Stadium
“One of the main historic attractions of Athens, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. A stadium was built on the site of a simple racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) c. 330 BC, primarily for the Panathenaic Games.”
  • 224 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“If you start at the top of Syntagma Square and walk down the steps and past the fountain, at the bottom of the square is the beginning of Ermou Street, a paradise for those who live to shop. ”
  • 185 locals recommend
Historic Site
“1000 metres from the flat one can visit the temple of Olympian Zeus, a former colossal temple at the centre of Athens. It is also known as the Columns of Olympian Zeus and it is built 500 metres south-east of the Acropolis. During the Roman period the temple -that included 104 colossal columns- was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Located on the northwest side of the Acropolis lies Ancient Agora. It is home to various monuments such as Stoa Poikile, Temple of Hephaestus, Mitroo, Tholos, Stoa of Attalos, Vouleftirion and the Altar of the Twelve Gods.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Lively Monasteraki is known for its small shops selling traditional products, iconic landmarks including the ruins of Hadrian’s Library, the Ancient Agora and the rebuilt Stoa of Attalos and the Monastiraki Flea Market. The surrounding streets are crammed with traditional tavernas and restaurants, many with Acropolis views. It is located next to Plaka, Thiseio and the Ermou shopping strip. ”
  • 172 locals recommend
Museum
“Another museum worth visiting. Here you can admire a collection of Prehistoric, Ancient Greek and Roman antiquities as well as the Byzantine collection, which links the ancient Greek world to that of modern Greece.”
  • 146 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Well worth a visit any time of the year. A walk at Philopappou Hill is a fascinating experience: you will find here a magnificent park, important monuments.”
  • 134 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great viewpoint overlooking the city, nice walk up the hill, can access with a Funicular as well. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
Historic Site
“An architectural masterpiece of great renown. You will appreciate its splendor if you visit, and learn about the history and the secrets of the construction of the Parthenon.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Odeion of Herodes Atticus was built in 161 AD by the wealthy Herodes Tiberius Claudius Atticus, a teacher and philosopher. You may enjoy the beauty and charm of the Odeion in a morning stroll on the way to the Acropolis”
  • 102 locals recommend
Plaza
“Flee market for quirky finds from souvenirs to furniture, food & army surplus.”
  • 119 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“Here it is always Christmas! New chic vintage-style all-day bar restaurant. Famous for its food too! ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Ama Laxei on Kallidromiou is also a local favourite. With an outdoor courtyard that is always packed in the summer, as well as a vibrant indoor space, this historic spot is an essential Exarchia bucket list. Serving up a range of traditional Greek cuisine, the menu is a flawless mix of delicious meze and succulent meat plates. If you’re in a big group make sure to book in advance.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Café
“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
Bar
“Terrace all day bar with excellent view of the acropolis. 1” from our studios.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Kebab Restaurant
“Thanasis kebab is a traditional grill/restaurant where you can find the best souvlaki in Athens.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“One of the ‘original’ all-vegetarian spots in the city, still popular, great selection, casual dining - open for lunch & dinner.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“If you are looking for something a little more upscale to treat your significant other on a romantic date, be sure to book a table at 'Mani Mani' restaurant. This establishment was featured in the New York Times, and for good reason, as it has been rated 5* by over 1,300 satisfied customers. Serving traditional Greek food with a modern twist and using fresh ingredients mainly from the region of Mani in the Southern Peloponnese, this cozy kitchen is a great choice for good Greek food. Just keep in mind that on Sundays, they are open until 18:00.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Gastropub
“This is oposite our main entrance. All think of Mama Roux when it comes to a carefree Sunday brunch with friends in the always happening center of Athens. The last few years Mama Roux has been a big hit among cool Athenians looking for some London or Berlin-like place to have brunch, lunch or dinner in a bohemian cafeteria-style restaurant with international (both French & middle-eastern) cuisine. It was even listed among the Trip Advisor’s best.”
  • 38 locals recommend

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