Hidden away in a basement in Kolonaki, Number 3 store is an über trendy fashion destination which stocks designers such as Gosha Rubchinskiy, Comme des Garcons and Rick Owens. Don’t be intimidated the minimal signage outside, once you press the bell and enter through into the store, you’ll be greeted by an excellent edit of contemporary labels, as well as a range of perfumes and silk scarves from cult Athenian brand Serapis.
Patriarchou Ioakim 16, Athina 106 75, Greece, +30 21 0729 8980
Located close to the famous Monastariki Flea Market, Amerikaniki Agora is a haven for vintage fashion lovers who enjoy hunting for their clothes. Across two floors that offer mens and womenswear, visitors can rifle through hundreds of racks to find anything from 1950s ballgowns to unworn 90s Calvin Klein jeans. Make sure to give yourself ample time to browse.
Athinas 30, Athina 105 51, Greece, +30 21 0321 7876
Ermou is where to go if you want international high street brands as well as more local offers. There’s H&M, Mango and Zara all located within a stone’s throw of each other, as well as stores like Celestino (a Greek favourite) and copious shoe stores.
A champion of Greek designers, i-D concept stores offers a well curated shopping experience full of luxury labels and beautiful jewellery designers. Prepare to spend a few hours wandering amongst the floors and browsing a spectrum of brands, from Ellery and Common Projects to Greek shoe designer Elina Linadaki.
Kanari 12, Athina 106 74, Greece, +30 21 0322 1801
Located just under the Acropolis, Monastiraki flea market is a tourist spot with endless shops to discover. From leather backpacks to silver jewellery, bring your best bargaining game and have fun. Afterwards take in the rich history at one of the many cafés and restaurants located next to the market.
Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece, +30 694 608 6114
If you’re looking for a fashionable Greek brand to wear, head to unisex label Me Then’s showroom and enjoy the locally-produced, immaculately tailored designers on offer. From crisp shirts with statement detail to relaxed sports jackets and statement trousers, the sharp yet playful pieces are Athenian design at its best.
Androutsou 36 OD, Koukaki, Athina 117 41, Greece, +30 694 752 0477
The lively atmosphere at Seychelles restaurant throughout the year does justice to the delicious and innovative food on offer. The refined menu mixes classic Greek dishes with more experimental plates. Located in the Metaxourgeio neighbourhood, the crowd is a fun mix of local artists and pretentious designers who come to share the copious range of affordable plates, Greek beer and Raki. This spot is popular every day of the week, so make sure to book in advance.
Seychelles, Keramikou 49, Metaxourgeio, Athina, Greece, +30 21 1183 4789
Founded in May 2011, this Athenian-hotspot marries culinary innovation and local tradition, to electrifying effect. The chef, Ari, is a champion of Greek cuisine and offers a menu that reflects the nuances and wealth of flavour from across land and sea. With an atmosphere as energised as the plates, enjoy the succulent menu with fantastic views of Lycabettus Hill outside and endless people watching within – though we have a feeling you’ll struggle to take your eyes from the plate.
Vrasida 11, Athina 161 21, Greece, +30 21 0723 2002
Located in the trendy Metaxourgio area, just across the square from Seychelles, Blue Parrot is an all-day hang out that evolves into a fun bar as the evening progresses. The decor is eclectic and supremely Instagrammable, while their cocktail menu is one of the best in the city.
Leonidou 31, Athina 104 36, Greece, +30 21 1012 1099
A relaxed bar in the Exarcheia neighbourhood, Bourbon is another great place to transition from relaxed afternoon coffees to evening drinks. Start off outside and check out the graffiti along Kallidromiou, then head indoors later for great music and a cocktail.
Kallidromiou 64, Athina 114 73, Greece, +30 21 0882 4805
An Athenian institution, the Benaki musueum is a hub of Greek culture and offers collections that date back to the prehistoric era, as well as exhibitions by contemporary international artists. There’s always a new piece to discover within their extensive collections, so make sure to leave ample time to enjoy roaming around the floors. Afterwards lunch or a coffee in their rooftop restaurant is highly recommended.
Koumpari 1, Athina 106 74, Greece, +30 21 0367 1000
Opened in 1994, the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum offers a unique celebration of jewellery and the decorative arts, as seen through an extensive collection of 4,000 pieces, designed by the museum’s founder, Ilias Lalaounis. The museum shows the evolution of the designer’s style and influences between 1940 and 2000, which drew inspiration from ancient designs and techniques, and garnered an international roster of fans including Jackie Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.
Athens 117 42, Greece, +30 21 0922 1044
A non-profit organisation dedicated to exploring the human body and its relationship to clothes, Atopos CVC was founded in 2003 by Stamos Fafalios and Vassilis Zidianakis. A champion of sustainable fashion and a supporter of international artists, their space in the neoclassical building of 72 Salaminos Street is a centre for discussion, exhibitions and performances.
Salaminos 72, Athina 104 35, Greece