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Top 5+1 places for a relaxing coffee in Athens

If you visit Greece, you will see plenty of cafés packed with people laughing, chatting and socializing around the city. For Greeks, drinking coffee is much more than just drinking coffee.

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Athens, Greece for Families

“Shadow Theater” in Athens

The “Shadow Theater” or “Karagyoz”, as it is called in the last two countries –Greece and Turkey- where it still survives is an ancient art form and a pretty unique experience for the whole family.

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Athens, Neoclassical Athens

Athenian Trilogy: National Library, University of Athens & Academy - Take a walk on the …Neoclassical Side

You are walking through one of the most hectic and intense traffic junctions of the city and suddenly two ancient Greek gods fly over your horizon! Relax; it’s neither the heat of the sun, nor the power of ouzo that hit you.

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Ancient Greek History, Athens

Why and when Athens got its name?

Many years ago, during a Rockwave live concert by the sea, on the south shore of Athens, rock band Garbage came up on stage for their first time in Greece. Their lead singer saluted the crowd and yelled out “Athena… born out of a man’s headache? I love this city!”.

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Athens, Greek Cuisine, Mediterranean diet

Greek breakfast

What do Greeks eat for breakfast? Well, it depends mainly on their age and the time of the season. For the over-30-something generation, breakfast is something they usually have to postpone as they are running late for work or school.

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Athens, Modern Greek History

How to coffee like a Greek

Warning Note: Always specify the level of sweetness you prefer; “Sweet” or “Glikos”, as it is pronounced, means (usually) 2 teaspoons of coffee and 4 teaspoons of sugar.

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Athens, Modern Greek History

Pikionis’ Athens

It was transformed to the landscape you can currently see by one of the most ingenious and influential Greek architects, Dimitrios Pikionis (1887-1968), between 1954 and 1958.

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Athens, Greek Cuisine

Greek and coffee; A love story

It is said, and perhaps not unfairly, that the Greeks have a serious case of icy coffee addiction. As a non-Greek friend remarked on his first visit to Athens, "everyone always seems to have a glass or plastic cup, a straw and brown and sparkling liquid!"

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Athens, Visiting Athens

Athens with a View: Up to Lycabettus Hill

It stands in the middle of the city, bearing the same name since the age of Pericles. Lycabettus – in Greek “Lykavitos” –  means “the path of the wolves” or "where the wolves go", indicating it was populated by wild beasts in the distant past.

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Athens, Visiting Athens

Athens neighborhoods, off the beaten track

Three must-see places in walking distance from Acropolis and the city’s center.

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Art, Athens, Greece, Epidaurus

Athens & Epidaurus Festival

If you enjoy performing arts, and especially theater, this is an opportunity like no other. Visiting Athens and central Greece offers the unique opportunity to experience a theatrical performance at the birthplace of this art-form.

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Art, Athens, Visiting Athens

Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre: (not) just another Day by the Seaside

Got a sunny day in Athens, but you are already fed-up with “ancient” stuff? We got you covered with a modern, state-of-the-art architectural jewel built on top of a park.

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Athens, Visiting Athens

Monastiraki Square & Monastiraki Area

There aren’t many places which showcase so perfectly the multi-layered mix of cultures which we call Greek civilization, like Monastiraki square. It is situated north of Plaka, the traditional neighborhood under the Acropolis, and right next to the busy junction of two central streets, Ermou and Athinas.

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Athens, Visiting Athens

Athens Vintage Bike City Tours

There are many ways to see Athens. The city with the many faces also has many different, themed tours on offer. But this one is brand new and as stylish as they come.

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Athens, Greece, Visiting Greece

Driving in Greece

Well that’s a tough one. We will try to warn you about driving on Greek roads and at the same time not scare you away from the wheel (or handlebars). After all, you will need a car to visit most of the places that are worth seeing.

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Athens, Visiting Athens

The Athens Insider’s Heat Wave Survival Guide

So, you want to come to Greece in the summer but you have heard a bunch of stories that revive scenes out of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ in your mind: you are being baked by the scorching sun, in a barren archeological site, dying of thirst, seeing mirages of oases and ice-cream-offering Karyatides girls, holding iced beer kegs on their heads...

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Athens

Koukaki Area

Athens, as a whole, is a culturally rising city after years of recession. But which neighborhoods carry this transformation on their shoulders? Which new districts of the Greek capital have become nurseries?

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Art, Athens, Greece

Open air cinemas in Greece

Its Greek name, “therina cinema” or “kalokairina cinema”, which means “summer cinema”, is a major part of Greek culture.

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Athens, Greece, Lesvos, Greece, Mykonos

LGBT Greece

Although having a rich history in Ancient Greece, homosexuality has had a controversial journey to today.

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How to get more time in your day in Athens

Athens is a city that is easily accessible by all means of transport, especially when moving around the city center, even when going to or from the Airport or Ports, you will see that it’s simple and pretty straight forward.

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Athens, Greek Cuisine, Visiting Athens

Clean Monday in Athens

One of the most iconic feasts all over Greece is just around the corner! Clean Monday or “Kathari Deytera” in Greek, is the starting point of a 40 day Great Lent period -called Sarakosti- that leads to the Orthodox Easter Sunday.

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Athens, Athens with kids

Kallimarmaro or Panathenaic Stadium of Athens

Interested in climbing marble stairs to get some of the best views of the Acropolis, Lycabettos, and  the city of Athens, while being swept away on a nostalgic athletic adventure? Look no further than the Kallimarmaro Stadium of Athens.

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Athens, Visiting Athens

The Athens Central Market

Being in business nonstop since 1886, the Public Market Place of Athens known as Varvakeios – named after one of Greece’s national heroes, gentleman pirate Ioannis Varvakis (1745-1825) – extends along both sides of Athinas street and consists of a fish, vegetable and meat market.

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Athens, Modern Greek History

Zappeion Hall

Between the National Gardens and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, lies a great place to wander around in Athens. The Zappeion Exhibition Hall or simply Zappeion has been around for the past 131 years.

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Visiting Athens, Athens

Beaches near Athens

A trip to Athens is mostly associated with visiting the Acropolis, digging into local culinary flavors and strolling through the picturesque streets of Plaka and Monastiraki; but enjoying the deep blue Greek waters isn’t actually at the top of your bucket list for your Athenian holidays.

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Athens, Visiting Athens, Mediterranean diet

Eating on the Go - The Koulouri

Rushing to work or your guided tour and no time for breakfast? Feel the need to satisfy a midday craving? Not a problem.

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Athens, Ancient Greek History, Visiting Athens

The Excavation Site Under the New Acropolis Museum

The remains of streets, houses, bath houses, public latrines and workshops have been painstakingly brought to light.

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Art, Visiting Athens, Athens

TAF / The Art Foundation

TAF / The Art Foundation is an independent, hip cultural center located on a side street (Normanou 5) off Ermou Street in the area of the Monastiraki flea market.

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Visiting Athens, Athens

The Oldest House in Athens- the Venizelos Mansion

The Benizelos Mansion also known as the Arhontiko (wooden mansion) of Agia Filothei is the oldest surviving house of the Ottoman period in Athens

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