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5 Must-See Athens Neighborhoods & How to Visit

5 Must-See Athens Neighborhoods & How to Visit

There’s much more to Athens than ancient ruins—venture away from the Acropolis and you’ll find a warren of vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive character. Book a walking tour or hop on the metro to experience Athens like a local in the city’s coolest districts.  See below for some ideas. 

Plaka

A maze of narrow streets stretching east of Acropolis Hill, Plaka is Athens’ oldest district. Largely pedestrianised and undeniably touristy, Plaka feels like a village within a city; its cobblestone lanes are crammed with shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts while leafy plazas are encircled with café terraces. Stroll down the central Adrianou Street, admire the picturesque old buildings of Anafiotika, or visit museums such as the Children’s Museum, the Music Museum, and the Jewish Museum.

Monastiraki

North of Plaka and the Acropolis, Monastiraki boasts a number of ancient monuments; among them are Hadrian’s Library, Tzistarakis Mosque, and the Stoa of Attalos. Best explored on foot, it’s most atmospheric on a Sunday when the Monastiraki Flea Market is in full swing, but shoppers can find a myriad of shops, galleries, and artisan workshops to browse any day of the week. 

Kolonaki

East of downtown Athens, Kolonaki is the neighborhood where well-heeled Athenians meet to shop, drink, and dine. In the shadows of Lycabettus hill—which affords panoramic views over Athens—Kolonaki’s wide avenues are lined with designer shopping boutiques, elegant bistros, and chic sidewalk cafés. Visit in the evening hours to enjoy some of the city’s most sophisticated nightlife.   

Psirri

Once a rundown residential area, Psirri (or Psyrri) has been given a new lease of life in recent years, reinventing itself as one of Athens’ most youthful and dynamic districts. If you’re looking to party, Psirri is the place to be; a diverse selection of bars, live music venues, and nightclubs offer events every night of the week. 

Exarcheia

Once the center of Athens’ political riots, Exarcheia was off-limits to travelers, but these days the neighborhood is a hub of alternative culture and a favorite hangout for students. You can browse vintage stores, admire street art, or watch a band play at a  bar. While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to visit the National Museum of Archaeology, home to some of Greece’s most important artifacts.

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Acropolis of Athens Segway Tour

Acropolis of Athens Segway Tour

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Journey around ancient Greece on a Segway! This thrilling Segway tour is the ideal introduction to Athens, taking in historic highlights like the UNESCO-listed Acropolis, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestous. Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then follow your guide on a scenic tour around the neighborhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki and Thiseio, stopping to take in the views from Mars Hill. Best of all: this small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Athens Street Art Walk

Athens Street Art Walk

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Venture off the tourist trail and discover a different side to Athens on this 3-hour street art walking tour led by a local artist. Explore the city’s colorful local neighborhoods; admire unique graffiti art and murals; and see for yourself why Athens’ bold street art has made a name for itself worldwide. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring an authentic local experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Get Lost in Athens with an Insider

Get Lost in Athens with an Insider

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Experience the delights of eclectic Athens on a tour that includes bustling markets, ancient marvels and traditional coffeehouses. Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Psiri and Kolonaki; browse the stalls at Monastiraki flea market and Athens Public Market; and admire ancient sites like Kerameikos Cemetery and the Temple of Hephaestus. Along the way, discover bold street art, foodie hotspots, handicrafts workshops and secret local hangouts.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.41
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Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

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Escape the well-trodden tourist track and discover a quieter side of Athens on this leisurely walking tour. With a local guide, explore the tucked-away areas around the slopes of the Acropolis and uncover their ancient and recent past. Stroll around the cobbled Plaka, Athens’ Old Town; and delve into Anafiotika, where the sugar-cube houses mirror a whitewashed Cyclades village. Discover the ancient sites of Mars Hill and Philopappou Hill, and savor a delicious Greek picnic and glass of wine as you gaze over Athens sprawled below.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.63
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Private Greek Evening Like a Local: Drinks and Tavernas

Private Greek Evening Like a Local: Drinks and Tavernas

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Learn to drink like a Greek on a private evening pub crawl just for you and your friends. Take a break from being a tourist and spend the night mingling with locals at four different bars, from a retro-hip cocktail lounge to a traditional Greek ‘taverna.’ Sip Greek beer, wine, and ouzo paired with typical bar snacks, and get personalized tips on the best places to party during your stay in Athens.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$61.76
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Withlocals Off-the-Beaten-Track Private Covid-19 Regulated Tour in Athens

Withlocals Off-the-Beaten-Track Private Covid-19 Regulated Tour in Athens

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Discover a side of Athens beyond the ancient monuments and crowded tourist spots with a private guide well-versed in the Greek capital’s counterculture. Check out hip cafes, art galleries, bookshops, and public spaces tucked into lively neighborhoods that most tourists miss. Learn about the social and political movements that inspired vibrant street art, enjoy the views from a secret lookout point, and taste a treat from a favorite local bakery.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.85
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