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as you know by now, I planned another surprise trip within my travels to Beirut. And it has been to…
Short trip also means shortish blogpost, but I still hope you like it!
Let’s begin 🙂
You can explore almost everything by foot if you have the time.
We first arrived at Syntagma Square with the bus from the airport.
From there on, before putting our things into our AirBnB which was a 20 minutes walk from Monastiraki Square, we went eating breakfast at ‘iFeel‘, one of my TOP 2 recommendations.
On that note, we booked our accommodation through AthensBnB and paid around 80€ per night!
Definitely explore the area around iFeel (see map at the bottom) as it has this old city flair with loads of cute little stores (also where I bought 2 pair of shoes 10€ each).
Keep your eyes open for little alleys with graffiti and street art or cats.
YES, you read right. I’ve seen so many cute cats around the streets of Athens. See for yourself!
When you’re around the Monastiraki area already, you will probably come across the flea market which you absolutely should take a walk through, but not to shop (although you obviously can, although I think they sell at typical tourist prices).
Instead make a visit to ‘TAF – The Art Foundation‘ which is a complex in the backyard featuring a café, art galleries and small designer stores.
After that, I’d recommend eating some ice-cream at Fullspoon which offers not only dairy, but also vegan ice-cream made out of coconut milk with tastes like ginger, fig or chocolate.
But if you aren’t in the moodfor ice-cream as a dessert, try eating a slice of the delicious cakes and originally Greek pastries at ‘Ta Serbetia Stou Psyrri’. You won’t regret it!
Our second day we did a tour south of Monastiraki Square.
From the Ancient Agora, you can walk towards the Church Agios Spyridon and then you’re very close to Anafiotika which isn’t the easiest to find, because Google Maps sends you wrong when you type it in.
Anafiotika in Plaka is the one you’re searching for when you want to see these cute white small neighbourhood houses and valleys.
A little more towards the south is the Theatre of Dionysos very close to the Akropolis.
If you want to save money seeing and taking a picture of Akropolis, head to the South entrance where you already get a very clear view on it 🙂
Now it’s probably time for some refreshment, so I’d definitely advise you to make pit-stop at the oldest distillery of Athens.
I’ve never seen such a variety of liquors or other spirits in my life. And even if you don’t drink alcohol (just like me at the time), it’s worth to take a look!
Maybe you’re wondering, if there is a good place to shop in Athens besides the typical tourist streets and I can tell you, yes, here is.
I found this little boutique by accident, after eating at ‘Avocado’.
It’s called ANAMESA concept store and had a huge sale where I not only went out owning 50% off pieces from ‘Free People’, but also made a huge Schnapper(steal) for some cute bordeaux booties!
Fun Fact: There weren’t actually for sale. I just saw them in the fitting room and asked if I could buy them. They only used them for shootings and all their shoes(in the fitting room) are 35€ if a costumer would like to take them home 😀
Other than that, I received a free fashion consultation from a fashion stylist.
She saw me and picked out some clothes based on my personality and they were absolutely spot on.
At the end, your clothes are packed into a parcel and their combo tips for styling are written onto it.
I’ve never had such a personal shopping experience and bonus, there’s a café in the store too!
Men’s and women’s clothes 🙂
Enough shopping, now off to some more sight seeing.
Very close to Anamesa is the Zappeion, an event venue which looks stunning from the outside as well as I imagine it looks on the inside (only saw pictures). There’s a park with a fountain you can cross to walk to the Panathenaic Stadium.
If you close to closing time maybe you get lucky and get in for free 🙂
As a last stop for this day, if it’s manageable for you, is driving or walking up Mount Lycabettus at sundown.
We missed this due to having dinner, but took a taxi (very cheap) up there at night.
It’s really one of the most beautiful views of Athens!
The time we were around Athens, we were lucky that the ‘Athens Photo Festival’ was held at the Benaki Museum in Pireos.
Also we walked by a music festival. So, definitely consider looking up if there’s a concert, festival or other cultural event you might like.
This leaves us with revealing my TOP 2 restaurant recommendations!
The first one is ‘Lime Bistro’ which is a 100% vegan restaurant and where I had the best replica of Gyros ever. Oyster Mushrooms really have this meaty consistency, I’d never believe it if I didn’t try it.
It’s located near the Kerameikos station and close to the Benaki museum I mentioned above.
The second one is ‘iFeel‘ which serves, at least if you ask me, the best pancakes (and I ate pancakes on Athens every morning). Sadly they aren’t vegan, but vegan options are offered 🙂
Other than that, there’s a big breakfast, lunch and dinner selection for every diet.
This one is located in Gazi, a part of Athens featuring alternative clubs and loads of street art. So check that out, too!
So, that was it for Athens. And if you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment or write an e-mail.
I hope you like these new travel posts. They will continue to come once I’m going on traveling again.
While we talk about that, is there any cities I just haaave to put on my list?