What to visit in Athens

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The new Acropolis Museum.

This is Athens: If you throw a rock in a random corner, you’ll probably hit a museum. Or an open archaeological space waiting to be explored.

Enlist the help of the experts for free, by leveraging one of the complimentary weekend tours the municipality of Athens is offering.

Price: Free

2. Weigh your fashion choices at Kilo Shop.

At Kilo shop, you pay by the pound — or kilo. 

The pay-by-weight trend that first started in France is a novel concept for Athens, but one that caught on like wildfire.

In Kilo shop you get to pick any clothes and accessories you like and then weigh them in to see what you’ll actually be paying.

What this means: You can snag vintage treasures for 2 or 3 euro. No joke.

Price: From 1€ (~$1.10)

3. Find your Muse with a free tour guide app.

Clio Muse app. Clio Muse App

A Greek startup has created a nifty application called Clio Muse, a tour guide app that will be your best friend while you make your way from exhibit to exhibit.

She narrates interesting, real-time stories that give you a much more thorough understanding of what you’re seeing — without boring you to death.

She’ll also let you voice your opinion and vote for your favorite exhibit. Because, democracy.

Price: Free

4. Take a stroll through history at Aristotle’s Lyceum.

The Lyceum is right next to the Byzantine Museum, shown here. Shutterstock

Aristotle was famous for a lot of things.

One of them was his (completely misguided) view of the solar system. Another was his “Peripatetic” school of Philosophy, where he urged his disciples to take long strolls with him while conversing.

Get a taste of the latter at Aristotle’s Lyceum, which opened very recently to the public: from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. you can stroll through the archaeological space, touch the monuments or even have a picnic on the lawn. Just make sure to stay immersed in serious conversation.

You know, for propriety’s sake.

Price: Free

5. Drink more for less at Drugstore Bar.

The Drugstore bar. Photo courtesy of The Drugstore

Nested among the bohemian neighborhood of Exarcheia, Drugstore bar has created quite the ripple effect in the Athenian nightlife.

And for good reason: In this black-and-white tiled haunt, every drink you have is cheaper than your previous one. So if you consider yourself a heavy drinker, you may end up paying practically nothing for your poison of choice.

We urge you to exercise caution. Or not.

Price: From 2.40€ (~$2.63)

6. Feel like a royal at Antonis Tritsis park.

Antonis Tritsis park is now dedicated to ecology and a wildlife refuge within the city. Google Maps

Greece may not have had a King and Queen for the last 40 years, but there are still some regal monuments remaining.

Case in point: The former Queen’s Park(currently known as Antonis Tritsis park), one of the largest green patches in Athens’ dense urban fabric.

Although approximately 1,200 acres in size (seven times the size of the National Garden in central Athens) and boasting six artificial lakes, an artificial canal and rich flora and fauna, this park is generally unknown and vastly under-appreciated.

Go make things right.

Price: Free

7. Try the best Chinese food Athens has to offer.

MicrouLee is a popular local spot. Photo courtesy of MicrouLee

Yes, we all know about Greek souvlaki: It’s local, it’s everywhere, it’s (usually) delicious and it costs 2€.

But if you’d rather try something different, Chinese takeaway MicrouLee in Excharheia is famous for its noodles, prawn crackers and selection of Chinese beer at ridiculously low prices.

If you go during lunch break you may have to wait awhile, as it’s the go-to place for locals as well.

Price: From 1.90€ (~$2.09)

8. Be proactive about your fourth meal at Food Str.

Food Str is within striking distance of the Acropolis.Google Maps

Bar hopping in downtown Athens might not be cheap, per se (cocktails usually range from 7-14€), but your late-night munchies will more than compensate.

Strategically placed Food Str offers gourmet, delicious burgers you won’t regret having eaten the next morning —  and their prices put the local McDonalds to shame.

Price: From 2.80€ (~$3.07)


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