Are you a brunch enthusiast? Do you live and breathe for just-the-perfect-insta-story of your stylish & delish eggs benedict or maple syrup pancakes? If the answer is yes, you came to the right city! Athens, like many other metropolises in the world, has succumbed to the brunch fever and is not likely to let go anytime soon! Whether you are looking for a typical brunch or something with a Greek influence in it, we have done the research for you! These are the 5 places to brunch in Athens at the moment.
Athens. An enigmatic European capital that somehow has all the attributes of genteel-by-comparison Paris and Rome and also a healthy dose of chaotic charm, which quite honestly, at times is redolent of Beirut. As a city break destination, Athens -in our bias opinion!- is perfect and yet sadly many visitors see only but a modicum of what she has to offer. In this post, we aim to give you a few pearls of wisdom with which to arm yourself with before visiting our beguiling city of Athens.
Temporarily situated outside of the city centre (due to the renovation and expansion work done to the permanent building) and somewhat tricky to locate, the National Glyptotheque and a selection of the National Gallery's masterpieces lie hidden for the curious and persistent to discover. In fact, few Athenians know that, albeit limited, the Glyptotheque selection boasts works done by Rodin, Magritte, Calatrava and our very own talented but tormented by psychological illness, Yannoulis Chalepas. Art lovers can immerse themselves in a time travel through Greek sculpture from the early 19th century up to today's postmodernism movement while viewing pieces of neoclassical work and those forms related to realism and abstract art.
The only bad thing about visiting Athens is that time will fly, but the good thing is that you are the pilot of the flight! You could spend a lifetime and it wouldn’t be enough to discover all that Athens has to offer, however, that’s no reason to despair. if you’ve only got 48 hrs in our charming city, apart from the ivory-colored wonder that is the Acropolis, there are a lot of places to visit and things to experience that will make your trip unforgettable in just a short amount of time. From colorful markets to quirky neighborhoods, outstanding eateries, and an eclectic nightlife scene, Athens is, as she ever was, a city of warmth, vibrancy and indefatigable character.
Nestled on the edge between the busy commercial area of Kallithea and the bay of Faliro, stands a cutting edge, architectural homage to the symbiotic connection between nature and man. It is a demonstration of vision and philanthropy gifted to the Athenian people by a man who used his wealth to enrich the lives of others. The Stavros Niarchos Centre is beloved by many of the city’s people and, whilst largely unknown by tourists, it is absolutely worth the time taken to visit. By day or night, it is a truly breath-taking experience. A testimony to what can be achieved when those enterprising men and women of a nation acknowledge the responsibilities of great wealth, it recognises that education and culture act as the imperative back bone of any advanced society.
The Acropolis Museum in Athens is a beautifully designed exhibition of Athens’ greatest archaeological finds, magnificently displayed at the foot of the Acropolis itself. It is certainly not to be missed. However, what many visitors do not get the chance to discover, are a good number of other museums in Athens, each with their own fascinating collections, often housed in architecturally opulent buildings. In our on-going quest to help you discover Athens like a local, here are 3 + 1 museums we believe are absolutely worth taking the time to explore.
Athens is not short of iconic neighbourhoods and landmarks that are recognized the world over. However, like any great city, she is constantly evolving and areas that were once written off as unfashionable are now emerging as interesting and dynamic places to be. It would be a disservice to attempt to cover every neighbourhood that you should try to visit, so for today, let us introduce you to three up and coming stars; Metaxourghio, Petralona & Koukaki. It’s time to leave the tourist trail and discover Athens like a local!
Coming to the metropolis of Athens, sandy beaches and cerulean waters may not be the image that springs to mind. Yet, like so many things about this contradictory city, it is one of the many delights Athens has to offer. Whether you prefer to spend your days and nights in luxurious marinas, Tahitian-esque beach bars, and decadent spas, or you simply want to seek out a tranquil escape from the trappings of the city, the Athens Riviera awaits you.