Athens is an interesting city. With what the country is going through currently, people are being inventive, entrepreneurial and sometimes desperate to make ends meet. Young people foremost are creative and inexhaustible to make a living. An Example is ATA – Alternative Tours of Athens, which is a team of (young) architects, photographers, artists and musicians who organize tours and workshops in Athens. I used them on a few occasions and was taken by the enthusiasm of the guides and depth of the tours. One tour took me around young designers in the Plaka and Koukaki area, I visited Sous Sol, Fabrika, Ploos design, Akira Mushi, and Pop-up reserveathens. I probably could have found it myself, but this tour of just 15 euros made it so much easier.
Other things to spend time on in Athens would be the Museum of Contemporary Art, not open when I was there, but the governmental efforts are expected to make this one of the ‘must visits’ of the city. The art foundation is another cultural hot spot. You can go there for a drink or bite in a lovely courtyard in the middle of the building, when popping out to the small galleries around. Athinais Cultural Center is a great place to check for performances, cultural events and theatre. I went there for an arty X-mas market and had the best time. And in the evening check out Music Venue Six Dogs a well-known place to keep you entertained during the night.
For food Greece is heaven! Check Psiri or Eirini Square and pick a restaurant to your liking. It will be hard to get a place where food is not good. I tested Manas Kouzina-Kouzina and Melilotos restaurant and loved them both. Other ones that were recommended but I didn’t have the chance to check out were Collage and Nice n Easy. If the latter is as good as the one in Mykonos I definitely missed something. For drinks Drunk Sinatra is the place to be, or go check Jasper’s Hall.
My Hotel was Emporikon Athens Hotel at Agia Eirini Square. An amazing historical building was turned around to facilitate approximately 10 rooms. We were the first guests and encountered some small hiccups, but it was such a treat that I would definitely stay there again.