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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

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
8 10
Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis Square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Exis Boutique Hotel is located on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens and the historic part, Plaka, can be reached within 10 minutes using public transportation. Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is at 35 km. Piraeus Port can be reached within 20 minutes with an electric train.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
48, Syggrou Ave., 11742 Athens, Greece

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the historical center of Athens, just a few steps from Acropolis and Plaka, next to the new Acropolis Museum. Athens International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Galaxy Hotel
Galaxy Hotel
39, Posidonos Ave., Alimos, 17455 Athens, Greece

Galaxy Hotel is located in Alimos, a southern suburb of Athens. Piraeus port is just a 15-minute drive away, offering easy access to the Greek islands. Athens city center is 8 km away.