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Things to do in Athens

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
“Acropolis museum consist of the most precious elements of Acropolis monument.”
  • 448 locals recommend
Hill
“OPENING HOURS FOR THE ACROPOLIS AND OTHER SITES: During summer months (starting 1 April) the archaeological sites are open daily from 8:00 am until 19:00 pm. During the winter months between 8:00 am and 17:00 pm. WHERE TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE ACROPOLIS? The main ticket office for the Acropolis is below the main entrance to the Acropolis itself (ie to the wet, marked with a yellow pin on the map below). You can also buy online from etickets.tap.gr”
  • 364 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of the greatest museums in the world, that encompasses the glory of the ancient world. And it’s right next door.”
  • 272 locals recommend
Park
“The National Garden is easily accessible, as its’ main entrance is located just a few meters away from Syntagma (Constitution) Square and the Parliament. Although the 15,5 acres of lush vegetation (to which one can also add the 13 acres of Zappeion) it occupies, where used already since ancient times as fields, the area was formed to a huge private (Royal) Garden in 1849 under the instructions of Queen Amalia. About the same year, 15000 plants, from all over the world, including Sounio and Evia in Greece, where planted.”
  • 284 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Pláka (Greek: Πλάκα) is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the Neighborhood of the Gods due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.”
  • 308 locals recommend
Track Stadium
“The Panathenaic Stadium is 40' away by car, you can visit the same day with Acropolis, in the center of Athens.”
  • 230 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“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. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Historic Site
“They are known as the columns of Olympian Zeus, but they relate to the remains of a majestic temple in honor of Zeus. The temple was the largest in ancient Greece and was completed after a long adventure by Andrianos. Of the 114 columns today 15 are saved. The space is clean with proper supervision and fills you with a positive aura. From many parts of the site one can see the Acropolis with the Parthenon and one view of the Andrian Gate. Prefer hours without strong sun.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“A lot of local shops with souvenirs, perfect restaurants to taste greek dishes.”
  • 186 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos, is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters above sea level. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant”
  • 195 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The fully preserved temple of Hephaestus is a must see as well as the whole area of the ancient market of Athens”
  • 111 locals recommend
Museum
“The Benaki Museum is a great place to unfold in front of your eyes the whole history of the Greeks. Exceptional chronological exhibits arranged on three floors. The representation of the Kozani mansions is particularly impressive. The visit is sure to be unforgettable. Stunning collections, ticket only € 8, great cafeteria and restaurant and gift shop for your souvenirs”
  • 153 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Views of Athens & the Acropolis attract hikers to this small peak with an ancient monument.”
  • 134 locals recommend
Plaza
“This is the place where local and tourist meet. You can find all your heart's desire while walking through the flea market situated around Monasteraki metro station.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron”
  • 91 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The fully preserved temple of Hephaestus is a must see and the area is full of places to have a coffee a refreshment or something to eat, with stunning views of the Acropolis.”
  • 114 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“Erotic, nostalgic, romantic, loving, warm and lively. A place with a unique aesthetic.”
  • 75 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.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy your drink in a cool terrace with a view to the Acropolis and a wonderful sunset.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Kebab Restaurant
“The kebab is known as an Eastern food tradition. Trust me Greeks cook it and they do it great. A great cheap lunch that is something that you must taste. And is it is located in monastoraki area of Athens that you can enjoying shopping sightseeing and art galleries. ”
  • 50 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.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Great vegetarian and vegan restaurant. We usually go for lunch. Everything on the menu is yummy! ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Gastropub
“For all kind of flavors and dishes located in the heart of the historic center of Athens.”
  • 39 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.”
  • 49 locals recommend

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