fancying a change of scene but not wanting to venture too far we decided on Athens for a few days away, having visited before and seen the main attractions we were looking forward to catching up with friends and trying some new places to eat, it is also a great meeting place for family travelling from the UK, we were lucky enough for my little brother to join us too.
We stayed in between Monastiraki and Psyri, not everyone’s cup of tea as a little rough around the edges but we loved it. We took the metro from the airport to Monastiraki station (around €11 one way) which took 40 minutes, it was then a few minutes walk to the apartment which from the outside was a little worrying, we were warned when we booked it to ignore the outside of the building but after a walk around the area we gathered this was the case for most places, the inside was incredible with the most amazing view of the Acropolis.
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We were able to walk pretty much everywhere, Syntagma was within 20 minutes where we enjoyed an afternoon of shopping and of course changing of the guard that happens every hour, well worth a look, the view from the top of the Public building is also worth a visit.
Food is definately my specialist subject and research on Instagram and Trip Advisor unearthed some fantastic places, a few recommendations below:
Cinque wine bar and deli on Agatharchou 15, 10554 Psyri was our first stop, a husband and wife set up, the bar is tiny but we sat outside under the heaters on the street and enjoyed a very good Santorini wine with the most incredible platter with meats and cheeses from the region, such warm and friendly hosts.
Breakfast is most definately my favourite meal of the day, what with a lazy start most days we woke and went on a brunch fest, do try these places:
Spitimas is located in Psyri and specialises in breakfast and lunch, they are open till 6pm. Again a cozy set up inside, the novelty being the bed, yes literally breakfast in bed. The owner is super friendly and passionate about what she does and they use fresh locally sourced ingredients.
On Saturday we ventured into the classy area of Kolonaki, designer shops adorn the streets on both sides but tucked away is a place called Philos, again specialising in breakfast and lunch, the building itself is worth a visit, a little pricey but worth it.
A final brunch on Sunday took us to Zampano, located in Psyri, on Sunday they have a jazz band play from 1pm, they were fantastic. The restaurant is very 1920’s decor wise and next door they run a hostel called The Circus.
Thankfully we did alot of walking during our stay, a browse around the many antique markets is a must, on a Sunday there are more stalls. A stroll through the national gardens is a great place to get away from the bustling city, it is so peaceful.
and just in case you need another snack! there are numerous souvlaki stalls at the side of the road, my little brother couldn’t resist
also worth the experience, the hop on hop off bus was a good way of taking in the sights if you’re short of time, they pick up from Syntagma on the hour and charge €20 each.