If you are already excited about your trip to Athens, get prepared to be even more! Read these must-do's in the city and make the most of your trip.
Things to do in Athens
1. Drink Frappe.
Or cappuccino freddo. Or espresso freddo. Or Greek coffee. Anyway, drink coffee like never before, cause if you' re a coffee lover -like we are- then THIS will become your favorite city. Coffee shops are everywhere and the variety of the “coffee cocktails” you can order is quite big. Two of the most famous coffee shops (cheap and good quality) are “Everest” (they are practically in every corner of the city and they serve the most amazing coffee) and “Mikel” (new brand, nice quality). A good coffee will power up your day to explore all the treasures of the city. Don't be afraid to experiment!
2. Go out late and explore Athens by night
Are you used to going out around 8.30 pm and then leaving from the bar by 2.00 am-because all bars close up by then? Then scratch off what you knew and welcome to the city that never sleeps! And by never, we mean NEVER.
Do you want to go out at 2 am? Great! Take your cab and hop off to one of the city's “naughty” neighborhoods like Gazi, Monastiraki or Kolonaki. Hundreds of people will be there to join you. Enjoy your drinks and, maybe, the sunrise:)
3. Drink ouzo & eat calamari by the sea
We can't have enough of this. We simply can't. When summer is coming close we daydream of being in a taverna by the sea eating delicious fried calamaraki (fried squid) and drinking sweet cold ouzo. The slight dizziness, the sound of the waves, the marvelous food...(I daydream right now). You don't need to be in an island to do so. Just spend your day in the endless coastline of Attica and choose your spot. We suggest you take the early bus (around 9.00 p.m.), go to Varkiza, enjoy your swim and then eat calamaraki, drink ouzo and feel like being in paradise.
4. Chat with the locals
We are known for our unpretentious hospitality. But you should also know that the majority of Greeks -even the older- speak quite decent English and will be more than happy to direct you or simply have a talk with you. We are truly social people and aways glad to meet and welcome the travelers in our country. So don't hesitate, ask your question, make your comment and be open to new acquaintances -or even friendships!
Oh, definitely dance! If you get lucky enough and go to a traditional taverna with live music you will notice the locals eating and chatting at first. But after the food is off the table, dance takes over. It is in our people's culture to express themselves by dancing. Either in a one-to-one oriental dance like tsifteteli or in a traditional circular dance like sirtaki, we never seat still. Do the same and join the circle, express yourself and have a nice time. The steps are easy, the night is long and...life is short.
In case you're planning your next trip to Athens, don't forget to join us into an unforgettable experience of Greek folk dance lesson, where you will have the chance to learn the steps of folk dances like Kalamatianos and Syrtos and then enjoy an authentic Greek feast!
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