Athinas Street

Greece, Athens Guide (B): Athinas Street

My favorite street in Athens is the one that runs from Omonia Square to Monastiraki Square called Athinas Street. If you walk a straight line down Athinas from Omonia it will take you right up to the Acropolis and on the way you would pass some of the most interesting places in Athens. Athinas street for me is the heart and soul of modern Athens and I can sit here in front of my computer in North Carolina and give a guided tour as easily as I could give a tour of my own house. I spend several weeks a year staying on Athinas Street, usually at the Hotel Attalos and if I could find an affordable apartment in the neighborhood I would buy it because nothing makes me feel more alive than to walk out the front door of the hotel and be engulfed in the sites, sounds and people of the most diverse street in Athens.

If you see the center of Athens as the Acropolis, then the beginning of Athinas street is at Monastiraki Square where the tables of Mparaktaris old taverna envelope the small church for which the area is named. Ermou Street, the primary clothes shopping street in Athens, comes down from Syntagma Square and passes Athinas street on its way to Keramikos and the Gazi, Athens newest center of nighttime activity. But for me Psiri is still the place to be. The southeast corner of the Psiri neighborhood is the corner of Athinas Street and Ermou right where the entrance to the new metro station and the neo-classic restored building on the corner, and the Hotel A is for Athens with its cafe and spectacular view of the square and the Acropolis. A couple streets down Ermou is Ag Theklas Street, home to Lord Byron's Maid of Athens and the shop of Melissinos, the Poet-Sandal-Maker whose family has been making sandals and shoes for generations. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Athinas Street
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Hotel Attalos   Ermou Street   Syntagma Square   Keramikos   Hotel A is for Athens   Melissinos, the Poet-Sandal-Maker   Athinas Street   Davos   Hotel Cecil   Evripidou Street   Aeolou Street   Agia Irini Square   Roman Agora   Tower of the Winds   National Archaeological Museum   Hellenic Motor Museum   Elixer   Telis   Climataria Taverna   Central Market   Epirus   Papandreou   Six Dogs   Mama Roux   360 Degrees Hotel and Apartments   Hotel Tempi   Athens Style Hotel   Hotel Fresh   Economy Hotel   Arion Hotel   Emporikon Athens Hotel  
Author: Matt Barrett
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