I took a trip to Athens, Greece in the heat of summer 2015. The city is historical, friendly, fun, and all around awesome. Here are some travel recommendations for Athens.
Trying to wake up each morning with a freddo cappuccino
1. Start the day off like the locals do with a freddo cappuccino. Ask for "half sweet" if you want less sugar!
3. Spend an afternoon exploring the beautiful Plaka neighborhood. Take pictures, sit idly at cafes while people-watching, and browse some of the local shops.
4. Cool off with some frozen greek yogurt topped with fruit and candies. You can find them in random local shops, but I always enjoyed the ones at Chillbox.
A for Athens Rooftop Bar, Image Source: Facebook
5. Watch the sunset at a rooftop bars overlooking the Acropolis. Here are some good options: A for Athens Cocktail Bar, GB Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar, Plaka Hotel Rooftop Bar, 360 Cocktail Bar, Thissioview
Lake Vougliamenti, Image Source: Ekathimerini
6. If you want to escape the heat and are not planning on visiting other Greek islands, head to the beaches on the Attica peninsula. Athens isn't really known for their beaches, but if you like water as much as I do, it's worth a trip. Remember to plan enough time to get there! Some recommendations: Vouliagmenti Beach (which also has a gorgeous lake nearby, or Astir Beach, which is more expensive but more glamorous), Varkiza (which is a bit far, but is a stunning free beach), and Schinias Beach (a great option that's close to Athens, only reachable by car).
7. Browse the streets for some leather sandals! They range from simple to gladiator, and depending on the store you can get a great deal for real leather. They were my favorite purchase in Athens.
8. Greek food is a huge part of their culture, so try to learn some dishes at a traditional Greek cooking class!
9. Visit The Art Foundation and grab drinks day or night while you explore the art exhibitions and meet cool people.
Exarchia, Athens, Greece, Image Source: Protothema
10. If you like alternative experiences, venture to the Exarchia neighborhood, which has an anarchist history. There are many interesting graffiti street art, and trendy cafes & bars. Just remember not to be loudly political or wear things like American flags while you're there.
11. Remember to get some seafood! Some excellent restaurants: Diporto Agoras is next to the Athens Central Market with its meat and fish markets, (recommended by my friend Sarah at Lipstick & Limes), To Trikyklo, Travolta, and of course the one Michelin star Varoulko (which is now in the seaside Piraeus)
Monastiraki, Athens, Greece
12. Of course browse the flea markets at Monastiraki and spend time sitting in cafes and the square. It's really fun to come during anytime of the day.
13. Athens is a big city with an equally massive nightlife. Join a pub crawl to meet fun people while exploring various cool bars.