10 different things to do after a visit to Acropolis

Acropolis from Apostolou Pavlou Street

Acropolis is a place, which anyone visiting Athens would want to be at least one time. It is the symbol of the city and one of the most famous monuments in the world. In this article we are going to suggest ten truly unique things you could do after your visit to Acropolis, besides the obvious visit to Monastiraki or Plaka (around Kydathinaion street).

Areios Pagos

1. Admire the view from an ancient court : What today looks like a rocky hill opposite of Acropolis, it was during the years of the Athenian Democracy, the seat of one the highest courts, called Areios Pagos. Murders, arsons and religious crimes were put on trial here. Also around 51 Α.D. Apostle Paul taught here for the first time the word of God to the citizens of Athens. Today it is a wonderful place to sit, especialy during sunset and admire the impressive view of Acropolis, Lycabettus, Monastiraki and the whole city.

2. Relax at the yard of an iconic church : Just across the entrance of Acropolis and on your way to Pnyka, you will meet the beautiful and historic church of Agios Dimitrios Loubardiaris. Its construction took place during the 9th century and it suffered great damages during the Turkish Occupation. In 1955 it was restored by the famous Greek architect Dimitrios Pikionis by using parts of ancient buildings. Pikionis was responsible for the reconstruction of all the areas surrounding Acropolis. Today you could relax and take a breath, in its always quite and peaceful yard (not during summer weekend evenings, because it is a very popular place for weddings).

Street in Anafiotika

3. Discover the “secret” neighbourhood : Anafiotika is a “secret” neighbourhood, part of the old historical neighbourhood of Plaka. It lies in the northerneast side of Acropolis. The first houses were illegaly built during the reign of King Otto, when workers from the island of Anafi, which were considered the best builders in Greece, came to Athens in order to work to the construction of the new king’s palace. The workers built their houses in the architectural style of Cyclades Islands. Get lost in the small maze of its streets and feel that you are walking in the streets of a Greek Island. For more info and where this neighbourhood is located check our previous article about Anafiotika.

4. Have a coffee at the stairs :  While wandering at the usually crowded streets of Plaka, you probably come across the buzzing stairs of Mnisikleous. It is one of the most photographed spots in Plaka, it is always crowded with tourists but at the same time it is a favourite place of the locals. At the cafes on the stairs, the tourists and the locals mingle together and become indistinguishable. The most famous cafe here is Giasemi, with excellent sweets, homemade pies, tea and many more delights. Sit at a table, ignore the noise and have a truly Athenian experience.

Cine Thision

5. Watch a movie under the stars : Athens is one of the few European cities that you could watch a movie in an open air cinema. This kind of cinema is called in Greek “θερινό” (therino) which means summer and could be found in many neighbourhoods of the city. It has always been a favourite place of the Athenians for a summer night out . The movie is not always important, as long as you sit and watch while drinking a cold beer and eating a snack. Two  of the most picturesque open air cinemas are located not far from Acropolis : Cine Thision (Θησείον) on Apostolou Pavlou Street in Thisio and Cine Paris on Kydathinaion Street in Plaka. They both offer a superb view of Acropolis hill.

To Steki Tou Ilia in Thisio

6. Taste the best lamb chops in the city :  If you feel hungry after your visit to Acropolis, head to Thisio and search for Eptachalkou Street. On this street at number 5 you will find the tavern To Steki Tou Ilia, one of the best places in Athens to eat grilled meat and especially lamb chops. The tavern was established in 1981 and since then Ilias with his family serves his customers and keeps always the same quality. During the summer the small garden opposite of the tavern is a welcoming oasis, away from the ongoing traffic of Thisio, while during winter you could sit inside under the big wine barrels. The tavern has and a second location at number 5 Thessalonikis Street, just a few meters down the street.

Little Tree interior

7. Get lost in the world of books : Just a few meters from Dionisiou Areopagitou Street and near Acropolis Museum, you will discover a small cafe named Little Tree : Books and Coffee (5 Kavalotti Street). A group of friends created this cosy cafe and bookstore, as a gathering place for the inhabitants of the area. Books are everywhere in this place, which is always well informed about new editions. At the same time you could find here excellent coffee, tea, sweets, snacks and a carefully picked variety of wines. The secret is spreading in the city and now during peak hours it is sometimes difficult to find a table.

Takis Bakery

8. Surrender to the smell of fresh bread : Takis Bakery (aka Artopoiotis o Takis) is something like an institution for the citizens of Koukaki neighbourhood. With a family tradition of baking bread since 1961 and actually being  the first to introduce the “Koulouri Thessalonikis” to Athens, it is no wonder the people are lining up every day to buy bread (almost 30 different types) but also sweets, cakes and sandwiches. The interior is relatively small but well organized and the selves and baskets filled with all these delicacies are a sight for shore eyes. Some people consider it as the best bakery in Athens. It  is located at number 14 Misaralioutou Street just a few meters from Acropolis.

Drakou Street in Koukaki

9. Take a stroll around Koukaki : Just a few steps from Acropolis and its museum and beside Sygrou Avenue, one of Athens busiest roads, lies the neighbourhood of Koukaki. Known until the 1980s as “Little Paris”, Koukaki was a midde class neighbourhood with a strong cultural identity, because many artists (musicians, actors, writers etc) were born, lived and worked here. The last decade the area has been gaining its lost charm and transforming into a lively neighbourhood, which many Athenians choose to live, due to its proximity to the city center and its neighbourly authenticity. You could find many original and cosy shops, cafe and restaurants here but the epicenter is the pedestrian Drakou Street. Our favourite places on Drakou Street are : Kalamaki Bar (for probably one of the best kalamali-souvlaki in town) and Riza – Riza (a cosy all day cafe restaurant).

10. Grab the best  sandwich in town : If you are strolling around Koukaki and real feel hungry, come to Guarantee (41 Veikou Street), to taste the best sandwich in Athens. Mr Yiannis serves for the last 26 years the citizens of the city with big, tasty and extra fresh sandwiches. The difference here lies in the quality and the big variety of choices. There over 150 different things to choose from and make your own sandwich. The service is always friendly and extra helpful. Don’ t hesitate to grab one of these, because a visit to Acropolis could be quiet tiring.

Acropolis view from Cine Paris in Plaka

After the almost obligatory visit to Acropolis and depending on the hour of the day, choose to continue with one of these ten things, you won’t regret it.

Related post: Is Anafiotika (still) Athens best kept secret ?

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Outosego says:

    Wonderful article, and proposals, dear. The pictures are, also, awesome. I miss the breeze on my face during a summer night somewhere next to the places of your wonderful suggestion. I like and I share. Take care.

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    1. tony tsap says:

      Thanks again for your words and your support. I really appreciate it.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Great ideas!! I can’t wait to go back to Athens in September!!! Love your pictures! Thank you for sharing!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. tony tsap says:

      Thank you so much. Your words give me power to continue.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. I also love your pictures on Instagram!! Keep up the fantastic job!!!

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