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Best kept secrets in Athens

Athens ● 12 December 2017

Vacation in Greece can be really exciting if you know some tips from locals that make the journey fascinating and interesting. If you are the type of traveller, who wants always to explore something new in every destination and go off-the-beaten-path, then these hidden gems of Athens can show you something really unique, the feeling that you have discovered the best kept secrets of Athens and its amazing aura, which impresses every traveller. Since you have booked the accommodation in Athens, read this article in order to understand the character of the Greek capital and why it is a must destination the last years.

The streets around Monastiraki Flea Market

Monastiraki Flea Market is a renowned spot in Athens, where you can shop local things and walk around a big area that reminds of the oriental bazaar. What you may not know is that around the Flea Market, you can find many small pedestrian streets that are definitely worth visiting. They have small traditional shops with every ware you can imagine, but there are also alternative bars and cozy taverns you will discover only if you stroll around and watch every detail and corner of this vivid area.



Metaxourgio is the new talk of the town concerning the nightlife of Athens. What makes Metaxourgio so interesting is that you can find there various spots. Rock bars, Thai and Hawaiian restaurants, ouzeri and Greek taverns, boutiques with vintage clothes and live stages are only some of the places that you will explore when walking around Metaxourgio during the day or the night. 

Dexameni Square

Dexameni Square is located in Kolonaki district, just under Lycabettus Hill. It is a marvellous summer spot in Athens with an open-air cinema and a Greek tavern with mezedes and tables in the middle of the square. It also has a luxury hotel with cocktail bar and Peruvian restaurant. The view of Acropolis, the lush greenery, the well-preserved buildings and the different spots make Dexameni Square an elegant hidden gem of Athens only some locals know.

Ano Petralona, the other side of Filopappos Hill

On the other side of Filopappos Hill, Ano (=Upper) Petralona is an upcoming district in Athens with various bars, Greek taverns and alternative restaurants and cafés in neoclassical buildings. If you prefer to go off-the-beaten-track and explore not only Thiseio but also the lesser known other side of Filopappos, spend the day in Petralona, eat brunch or have a drink and then walk around the hill and enjoy the view of western Athens.

The pedestrians in Koukaki

Take the subway and stop in Syggrou Fix station. From there, you have to walk only 5 minutes to reach the district of Koukaki under Acropolis Hill. Koukaki is also an upcoming district with many pedestrian streets, such as Drakou, Falirou and Olympiou, where you can find many bars, elegant restaurants and cafés to spend the day, discover the place where young Athenians hang out at weekends and feel the aura of Acropolis, which is located just a breath away.


Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Diethnes Hotel
8.4 10
Diethnes Hotel
52, Peoniou str.(Larissis Station), 104 40 Athens, Greece

Diethnes Hotel is located in Athens, just a 3-minute walk from Larissa Metro Station and Athens Railway Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 metro stops away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elikon Hotel
7.9 10
Elikon Hotel
3, Dorou str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Located in the centre of Athens, Elikon Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro station, making transport easy throughout Athens. Piraeus Port is only 20 minutes away using the metro.