The neighborhood of Psyrri, one of the oldest in Athens, is now arty and bohemian. You may find old fashioned workshops and trendy shops hidden in its alleys, street art and alternative spaces, coffee shops, pastry shops, fashionable bars, traditional restaurants. Its vibrant atmosphere attracts hundreds of visitors.
For a bit of exploration off the beaten path, Exarchia is famous as an anarchist hotspot. But this neighborhood has always been a meeting point for exchanging ideas, creativity and youth culture. Better avoid the square, especially after sunset as it attracts all kinds of delinquents. But you may find interesting wandering around the small streets with artistic graffiti, cultural spaces and vintage stores.
Start your day with a yummy brunch at Harvest Coffee & Wine. From 9 am until 7:30 pm every day, brunch is served including a wide range of eggs (try the benedict royale with smoked salmons) and pancakes filled with savory and sweet treats.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/harvestcoffeewine/ , Aiolou 64 &, Evripidou, Athina
Among the restaurants, our favorite is Atlantikos, a fish restaurant located in a small street fully covered in graffiti.
Info: Avliton 7, Athens
In Psyrri, you should go to Barrett, the absolute all-day hipster coffee and liquor store that hosts art exhibitions on its walls and spacious working spaces. Enjoy quality coffee and bagels during day while later in the evening, sip selected beers and cocktails along with DJ’s selected alternative & soul tunes.
Info: http://www.barrett-athens.gr/ , Protogenous 11, Athina
For a bit of shopping, you should go to Anamnesia concept store, a creative new-style brand that takes place entirely in Greece, promoting designers who have been inspired from Greek mythology and traditions.
Info: https://anamnesia.gr/ , Adrianou 99, Athina
Head to Warehouse all-day speciality coffee, wine & cocktail bar for tasting delightful cuisine and selected Greek and foreign wines or creative cocktails.
Info: https://www.warehouseproject.gr/, Valtetsiou 21, Athina
Cafe Paraskinio on Kallidromiou str. Exarcia, a small spot with marble floors, delicious croissants and good coffee under the sounds of jazz and soul music. If you’re visiting on Saturday, you’ll find the street in the full throes of a farmers’ market that sells delicious fresh fruit and vegetables.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Παρασκήνιο Cafe/, Kallidromiou 68, Athina
Music lovers will find a great selection of record stores and guitar shops around Exarchia which are worth investigating. In particular Le Disque Noir on Themistokleous 29 is a small and under-the-radar store that specialises in metal and gothic. If you’re looking for something more generalised, Rhythm Records at Emmanouil Mpenaki 74 has a huge variety of records from across different musical eras and genres.
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