A Walking Guide to Thisseio Neighbourhood, Athens

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Picture-perfect Thisseio is an ideal district for relaxing strolls and evening walks with views over century-old monuments. In addition to Filopappou Hill, the pedestrian street of Dyonisus Areopagitou and the lines of street vendors selling crafts and jewellery are just some of the highlights. Here is a walking guide to the lovely neighbourhood of Thisseio.

Stroll around the colourful streets

While many tourists usually limit themselves to exploring the pedestrian alleys around the Sacred Rock, the colourful district of Thisseio also includes pretty little streets bordered by neoclassical houses and small building blocks. Green, quiet and charming, Thisseio has its fair share of cafés, bars and restaurants, where during the warm days, you can find a quiet corner on a terrace to enjoy a great book or an intense conversation with your friends.

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Take a walk in the green spaces

Thisseio is also bordered by Filopappou Hill and the Pnyx, where the National Observatory lies. Crisscrossed by small paths and trails, these hills are loved by dog owners, joggers, couples and families taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s also a great place to have a picnic.

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Do some shopping

Thisseio is also known for its street vendors, who sell all sorts of crafts and unique souvenirs, and street artists, who fill the air with melodic tunes. You can usually find them on the pedestrian street leading up to the Acropolis from the metro station. There you will find handmade jewellery, strings of light bulbs, crocheted accessories or even driftwood art.

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Get cultural

And just when you thought you knew everything about Thisseio, it surprises you with its small collection of museums, such as the Herakleidon Museum of Visual Arts, housed in a neoclassical mansion, or the Stoa of Attalos Museum, located in the Ancient Agora. Spend a relaxing moment at Cine Thisio, one of the oldest open-air cinemas in the Greek capital, which has been operating since 1935. This cinema is a favourite among locals and visitors as it provides a rich collection of Hollywood blockbusters and old classics with an incredible view of the Acropolis.

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Thomas Gravanis /

A perfect way to end a day in Thisseio is by enjoying a delicious dinner or a nightcap at one of the many terraces you will stumble upon. Thisseio features traditional restaurants, relaxing cafés and vibrant bars where you can sample tasty cocktails and have a grand time.

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