Real local gems! 85% of people polled has never heard of these places in Athens!
Updated: Nov 22
Noel Bar is a popular place among locals and gastro tour organizers and a real local gem.
You need to book a table, otherwise you simply won’t get in.
This is a very stylish establishment of 2 floors with extraordinary décor, filled with vintage furniture, beautiful floral decorations and baroque-style rooms. It offers great cocktails, food and non-alcoholic drinks are also available.
Strefi Hill can be found in the Exarchia area. Everyone knows about the hill of Philopappou and Lycabettus, but only a few visited this place.
It has a quiet small park and a perfect spot to take photos of Lycabettos.
The “inhabitants” of Lofos Strefi are Agave, cacti and various trees. There is a basketball court as well.
The alternative student area of Exarchia is considered as a "trouble" place, but in reality freedom lives here! The street walls are decorated with very interesting graffiti.
There are also good restaurants, bars and even bookstores. During your stroll around Exarchia Square you can find a lot of cool things.
Hadrian's Reservoir is a place that most tourists miss.
Pity since this is a real hydrological miracle! Its construction was completed in 140 AD and this is essentially a 2,000 year-old Roman cistern that supplied the water needs of the Athenians for over a thousand years!
TAF (The Art Foundation) is a unique atmospheric place, hidden in a side street next to the Monastiraki flea market. It is located in a neoclassical building from the 1870s. An unremarkable door leads you into a tree-lined courtyard with a bar. There are buildings around the courtyard: the second floor is divided into rooms where locals used to live, while other rooms are cells in which art pieces are exhibited.
Ideal for those who like to escape the hustle and bustle of the tourist area. The main contingent of the visitors are locals.
Open from 10:00 to 3:00 daily. Coffee and cocktails are worth trying. Sometimes there is a live DJ performance in the evening.
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