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Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
Adrianou Str is the main shopping street of Plaka. at first sight it looks really 'Greek', like the traditional ceramics and jewellery ( in the fashion of genuine artefacts found in excavations and exhibited in local museum) and the colourful dressed with gold stripes, assumed to be in fashion in antiquity, The street bustles with tourists strolling lazily backwards and...
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
reviewed 27 November 2017 by SimplyFred
Although relatively recently constructed 1892 ish, it has the sort of decoration you would, expect in A Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Very elaborate inconography and paint and gilt work. It is nicely proportioned and has a large clean square right in the front.
This is overlooked generally because it sits right near the Metropolis Cathedral. It is worth a look though but for me the most interesting part was the outside walls with the animal reliefs. The church is quite historic, dating back to the 12th century but I don't think a lot of this remains inside apart from a Byzantine era painting.
The Arch of Hadrian is a lesser known structure not too far from the base of the Acropolis. You will have to cross a busy street to get there, but you’ll also pass a great tourist area with many souvenir shops and street performers.
Oinoscent took us by surprise. We didn’t expect to find such a nice environment and such informative waiters. We took the menu and asked help. Interesting were the answers we got from the people working in this bar. We decided to have the white wine from Crete and a grappa from Italia. Drinking this pleasurable wine we thought it’s great...
€ • Fast food, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern
"Good snack - street food."
reviewed 4 days ago by JackI854
Good example of a falafel take away. Went there twice over a long weekend trip to Athens, once with a friend and another with my wife. When you enter Eolou street it is the only food place with a queue outside. All the other coffee shops and eats are practically empty. This says a lot.
We had a pocket size...
Over in Athens for a long weekend and this became one of our favourites. Growing up my aunt use to make these and Lukumades brought ack the memories. For the South Africans out there my wife says that they taste just like kouksisters. We had these 3 times over the weekend and our favourites are the traditional honey and cinnamon...
€€ - €€€ • Greek, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar, International
"in vino veritas"
reviewed 1 week ago by MariaFood
Do you love wine? This place is a winelover's paradise. If you are visiting Athens and you like to learn about Greek wines and taste as many as you can by the glass, this is your place (not that they don't have an impressive selection of wines from around the world , if you are interested.) What makes this place...
Right in the centre of Plaka, walking distance from the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus and numerous restaurants, Taverna's and cafe's. The front desk ladies were very attentive and eager to help and advise. Rooms are spacious, higher floors have better views.
we loved our stay in october 2017 at the electra metropolis, centrally located just off the plaka in athens. yes as other reviews can attest, the views are excellent and the location is perfect . my wife and i were especially impressed and appreciated the excellent service provided by nick, at front desk, hotel manager. we had a minor issue...
"Very nice hotel, lovely roof garden, good brekfast"
reviewed 2 days ago by Zoë H
Short walk from Plaka and beautiful views of Acropolis from rooftop. Wonderful staff from all departments. Wi fi is as good as home :)
Beds were comfortable, however considerably small in size (bed too short in length).
A group of friends recently visited the Hotel for 3 nights. It was a superb experience. We really couldn't fault this hotel. Reception is clean and tidy and all the staff there are extremely helpful, especially Villiadis (hope I got his name right), he was always keen to give us the assistance we needed. Our rooms were spotlessly clean, beds...
This is the second time I've stayed at the Hermes Hotel and it was exactly as advertised. It's very centrally located in the Plaka district with very affordable rates (about $100 a night for two twin beds). The hotel itself is fine, the rooms were a little worn, but the beds were comfortable. But the real star is breakfast, which...