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).
This article is featured in the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" on iTunes App Store and Google Play. You can download the app to your mobile device to read the article offline and create a self-guided walking tour to visit the attractions featured in this article. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Sights Map

Guide Name: Athinas Street
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Matt Barrett
Read it on Author's Website: http://www.athensguide.com/athinas-street/index.htm
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

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


15 Best Cafes in Athens

15 Best Cafes in Athens

While in Athens it is immediately noticeable that the local cafe culture thriving. Through this directory you will get a chance to visit very different establishments, ranging from "kafenia", to hip, modern coffee shops and get first hand experience of the diversity of contemporary Greek...
Souvenirs Shopping: 19 Uniquely Greek Products to Bring from Athens

Souvenirs Shopping: 19 Uniquely Greek Products to Bring from Athens

A cradle of European civilization, Greece, in general, and Athens, in particular, have long been - from the days of the Roman Empire up until present - the lure for travelers and history buffs seeking to find and bring home something memorable. Today's Athens (much as its ancient self) offers a...
A Self-Guided Food Walk in Athens

A Self-Guided Food Walk in Athens

Just as many things in Greece, dining in Athens is very much laid-back with the majority of local eateries seeing patrons begin to congregate for dinner only after 8 pm. Eating-wise, the Athenians favor simplicity, leaning to the more casual and not so pricey tavernas where food is plentiful. To...