Nikis and Voulis Streets Athens

Greece, Athens Guide (B): Nikis and Voulis Streets Athens

Between Syntagma Square and the Plaka are two streets that host some of the most interesting new businesses in the city as well as some older businesses that have managed to hang on through the hard times. Nikis Street and Voulis Street run parallel to each other starting a block below Syntagma Square and intersecting Ermou Street, Athens main shopping street. In the old days Nikis Street was one of the centers of Greece's tourist industry with small travel agencies, ferry ticket offices and the famous Delphi Restaurant which was one of the most popular old restaurants in Athens. Eleftherodakis Books was on Nikis Street as well as Compendium Books which were the largest English language book shops in Athens. A small alley off Nikis was the home of Mr Jung's Chinese, the first Chinese restaurant in Athens. Mazarakis Flokati Shop on Voulis was a gathering place for American X-pats who would come in to play backgammon and catch up on the news from host Tom Mazarakis. Later he and his brother Steve opened the first pizza-by-the-slice restaurant next door. Across the street was one of the first Internet Cafes in Athens, at a time when few in Greece knew what the internet was. Apollonos Street, which connects Voulis and Nikis had the first sushi restaurant which had moved there from the big beautiful mansion on Kydathineon where it began. Quantas Airways had their shop on the corner of Nikis and Metropolis in the days when people used to go to a ticket office to buy airline tickets. There were even a couple 'guest houses' where you could get a dormitory bed or sleep on the roof for about a dollar. (I'm thinking less but does that even seem possible these days?) ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Nikis and Voulis Streets Athens
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Syntagma Square   Nikis Street   Voulis Street   Ermou Street   Apollonos Street   GR-Eatings   Electra Palace   Yanni's Showroom   Avocado   Oinoscent   University of Indianapolis   Lacandona   Guapa Paella   Athens Beer Restaurant   Koi   Furin Kazan   To Paradosiako   Jewish Museum of Greece   Attic Black Shop   Wine Story   Ariston Tyropita Shop   Evegenia   Paradosiako Cafeneon   Plaka   Niki Athens Hotel   Hotel Central   Hotel Hermes   Hotel Omiros   Hotel Adonis   Athens Diamond Homtel   Best Western Amazon Hotel   Arethusa Hotel   Athens Cypria Hotel   Fantasy Travel  
Author: Matt Barrett
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