This classic guide to Athens city will let you find the best and cheapest ways around some of Athens’ best sights.
Included in this guide:
Ermou Street’s shopping
Acropolis and Parthenon
Psirri for dinner & bars
Having flown into Athens, either take a taxi from just outside Athens International Airport, or head up to the first floor to purchase a 3-day Metro tourist ticket. It’s the cheapest way of getting around on the efficient tube system and is also valid on the buses and trolleys in the city. Alternatively, if you want to walk around the city, then you can use Uber to get from the airport to the city centre.
3-day Metro tourist ticket price: €22 – inc. all modes of transport and round-trip to Athens International Airport. Approximate time: 45 mins
Uber: approx. £25. Approximate time: 25 mins
Eminently Excellent Ermou
Start the day with an easy breakfast and some of the best shopping in Athens. Ermou Street, one of the most famous shopping streets, is the perfect place to spend an hour or two picking up some presents for those at home or treating yourself. It’s pedestrianised so it’s especially nice for families who don’t want to be worrying about traffic and crossing roads with young children.
Healthy breakfast option: Yogolicious (Adrainou 48, Athina 105 55). Get on board with their 100% Greek frozen yoghurt and fresh berries. (If you’re feeling cheeky chuck some chocolate on top!)
Distance from Ermou street: 2 min walk
Average yoghurt price: between €6-10
Opening hours: 10am-2pm
Breakfast with a view option: A for Athens (Miaouli 2-4, Athina 105 54) is an urban hotel at the centre of Athens. With a top floor restaurant head up here for breakfast and some fantastic views of where you’ll be heading later; the Parthenon. Equally, these guys boast they’re a great place in the day for families.
Distance from Ermou street: 2 min walk
Opening hours: 11am-2:30am
Partaking of the Parthenon
Tip: make sure you wear decent shoes for walking
Now, before the heat of the day truly hits, head for the Acropolis of Athens. We’ve already chatted about this in our last post, so read there for an introduction. It’ll take you approximately 15 minutes to walk there from Ermou Street.
You can get a little side-tracked in the Monastiraki Flea Market (we won’t judge you for that) which is found on Ifestou street. After this, taking Visakiou, Pikilis and then Dioskouron street will land you at the foot of the Acropolis.
Booking a Segway tour on Viator is a brilliant way to enjoy all the sights of Athens, including the Acropolis, without wearing yourself out before the evening. Otherwise, getting involved either with a single ticket to the Acropolis or with a multi-sight ticket is the way to go – burn those calories walking but keep hydrated!
Viator Segway tour price: £47.13
Acropolis ticket: €20
Unified ticket: €30 (worth getting for history-buffs spending a few days in Athens. Gives access to 6 historical sites)
Acropolis Opening times: 8am-3pm (last admission 2:30pm)
Tip: If you can managed to wangle your trip into any of the days listed on this website then you can get into the Acropolis for free.
Tip: Get the famous Greek fast-food Souvlaki (spit-roasted meat either lamb or pork wrapped in pitta with tomato, onion and lashings of tzatsiki) for lunch from Thanasis Kebab (Mitropoleos 69, Athina 105 55).
Get to a Greek dinner
Head into Psirri for dinner so that you can easily carry on into the many bars and clubs in a place specifically designated as a nightlife area in Athens.
A locals’ taverna and one which is well-loved, Nikitas (Agion Anargyron 19, Psirri), offers very reasonably priced food for dinner if you get in before its early closing time. It even has a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
Prices: approx. €6-8 per main
Opening hour: 12pm-7pm
Krasopoulio tou Kokora (Aisopou 4 and Karaiskaki, Psiri) one of the oldest restaurants in Psirri offers a set menu for only €10, well worth it when it includes, salad, appetizers, main dishes and desert. Full of curiosities from bygone eras to look at while you relax and eat – you’ll enjoy this gem.
Partying in Psirri
Now the food part is over it’s time to head onto the bars of Psirri. If beer is your thing, head over to Beer-Time (Iroon Sq 1, Psirri, Athens), one of the few places you can find micro-brew beer in Athens as well as a massive selection from around the world. Get the real party started by stopping by The Party (31 Kariaskakis Street) where you can rock out to up-beat live music, dance endlessly and come back the next morning for an early coffee!
Beer-Time Happy Hour: 6pm-8pm
The Party live music genres: Grooves of soul, funk, Latin, Jazz and Rock
The Party’s beer list: Here