However, in the middle, longtime residents and newcomers collide, successfully creating an inviting neighborhood known for its many social initiatives, events, and activities, including the Carnival of Metaxourgeio. Underneath its rough exterior, this district has a lot to offer to visitors and locals alike. Here are the best things to do in Metaxourgeio.
Frequently visited by Athenian youth, Metaxourgeio is not home to mega nightclubs or posh bars. Rather, you will stumble upon countless raki restaurants, where people gather around and order meze and drink liters of the strong drink until they head home. There is no need to dress up; all you have to do is find a table, sit down and drink as much as you can handle. However, don’t be surprised if your bill doesn’t reflect the number of drinks you have had. Metaxourgeio is one of the cheapest areas in Athens, especially when it comes to food and drinks. It’s a win-win!
Home to a few small theaters and music venues, Metaxourgeio is the place to discover the local indie scene or catch a play (most likely in Greek). The area boasts a few live music stages and bars (check out Kerameio where you can score an impromptu performance or visit Passport Kerameikos to see a concert, for example). The Rabbit Hole on Germanikou is an art and performance space where you can catch a theatrical or music performance as well as art exhibitions.
Emerging as a cool, alternative hub, Metaxourgeio is also home to many eateries and restaurants where you can enjoy local and exotic flavors and dine like a king or queen. For a fine-dining experience, Funky Gourmet will impress you with its elegant and well-thought-out menu. For Greek flavors with a twist, the ever-crowded Seychelles, where bookings are recommended, puts a creative spin on Greek fare with the freshest ingredients. Elvis is the place to go for juicy souvlaki, and Fill The Bracket is a great spot to have a tasty brunch.
Just like Exarcheia and Psyrri, Metaxourgeio is home to a vibrant street art scene and is a perfect stop to admire some fantastic designs. While not all of them are painted on derelict buildings, a walk across the streets will not only give you a glimpse into the talent of several street artists but also allow you to admire the beauty of this district, which still features a few beautiful neoclassical mansions and buildings.
On the border of Iera Odos stands Lohan nightclub, Lindsay Lohan’s nightlife venue in the Greek capital. Considered one of the top clubs in Athens, Lohan is definitely an excellent place to dance the night away to the sounds of DJ sets. If clubs are not your thing, Metaxourgeio is home to many bars where you can still enjoy an entertaining night, drink delicious cocktails and listen to great music (sometimes even live).