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Stay like a local in Athens: best things to do in Kolonaki

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Do you want to discover Kolonaki? Say no more! I am happy to walk you through MY Kolonaki, but make sure to wear comfortable shoes: located on the slope of Mount Lycabettus, the area is all about hills and stairs. I usually keep my fancy heels safe with me in a bag while commuting!

Kolonaki Lycabettus

I hope you didn’t have a heavy breakfast as I am inviting you to try the heavenly Greek spinach pie and cheese – a classic morning treat – at the Lykavittos bakery. 

Then let’s head to the Mount Lycabettus – See? Your sneakers are coming handy already! 

Get ready to walk uphill and be rewarded with the most amazing panoramic view of the city, the surrounding hills, Piraeus (the port) and the sea! This is a classic walk for Athenians looking to escape the urban hustle and bustle. I come here often in the evening to check out a concert or an art performance in the theatre located at the top of the hill.

Going downhill, I would then stop at Yoleni’s, a conceptual space dedicated to Greek gastronomy.

Photo Courtesy of Yoleni’s

 I consider this place to be the temple of local artisanal products! 

I have a confession to make: I never leave empty-handed and always end up bringing home a new sort of olives, some honey with pine & chios mastic, Cretan handmade biscuits or a wild olive oil.

Why not have a fresh and light lunch here?

Then let’s just wander for a while in the scenic streets, among oleander and orange trees.

Enjoy walking in the chic sloping avenues, taking in concept stores and restored old mansions. You will no doubt meet politicians or artists as Kolonaki is unashamedly the see-and-be-seen area!


Your legs may be tired by now, so we should head to Kolonaki Square, take a seat at a café’s terrace, order a Frappe (iced coffee) and… just watch people come and go! The place is always buzzing, and will give you a good taste of the opulent Athenian lifestyle.

If you would like to keep up your exercise routine while visiting Athens, then head to the National Gardens – located next to the Parliament Building for a good run through the winding paths and the shady trees.

Once the sun starts going down, I would suggest trying Greek street food. So let’s take a walk to Kalamaki Kolonaki Lycabettus. The place is very simply laid out with limited seating options but the food is amazing! You can’t possibly leave without trying the baked feta and their famous Souvlaki!

If you prefer a more refined option, or are carving Mediterranean food, Scala Vinoteca would be a good choice to enjoy dinner time over gourmet dishes and a glass of wine.

And then it’s time to discover the night life! You have plenty of choices in the area. My preferred destinations are Jazz in Jazz, an amazing music bar, or Hippopotamus, a perennial fixture in the Athenian nightlife scene.

What does Kolonaki mean ?

Kolonaki means little Column in Greek referring to the 2-meter column in Kolonaki square.

Where to stay in Kolonaki

Oniro City and Sir Athens. 2 Boutique Hotel with different style in Kolonaki offering a modern retreat close to Athens’ attractions. Learn more.

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