The Top 10 Things To Do In Kolonaki, Athens

Night view of Athens from Lycabettus Hill
Night view of Athens from Lycabettus Hill | © Slayer/Flickr
Ethel Dilouambaka

A chic and charming neighborhood climbing up the side of Lycabettus Hill, Kolonaki is one of the oldest – and trendiest – neighborhoods of Athens. Fashionistas, artists and socialites from all over the city come here to enjoy many high-end boutiques, art galleries, entertaining nightlife for all tastes and unique restaurants. Yet this trendy neighborhood also boasts a cultural side to it… Take a walk and discover the best things to do in Kolonaki.

1. The Benaki Museum


A vibrant painting of people sat around a table
Courtesy of Benaki Museum – The Ghika Gallery
This stunning private museum, located in a Neoclassical mansion, takes the visitor on a journey through Greek history and culture, with a focus on influences and inspirations from other cultures, with costumes and everyday life artefacts on display.

2. The Byzantine and Christian Museum


The Byzantine and Christian Museum is home to more than 25,000 artefacts
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, one of Greece’s national museums, focuses on religious artefacts of different periods, from Early Christian to post-Byzantine and contemporary. With more than 25,000 artefacts on display, it is truly a treat for the eyes and the mind.

3. Apivita Experience Store


Famous for its products made with active ingredients and extracts from local plants, beehive products and organic essential oils, Apivita has opened new doors in wellness with their Experience Store in the heart of Athens. Get the best out of Apivita in this four-storey Neocclassical mansion on Solonos street. Buy the products, seek advice or enjoy an organic juice or smoothie and pamper yourself one the first floor. Want to refresh your hair style? The hair salon experts on the third floor will welcome you with open arms. Need some quiet time to relax and refresh yourself? Head to the fourth floor and treat yourself to deep face detox treatment, a honey body scrub or a relaxing aromatherapy massage.

Zoumboulakis Gallery

The Zoumboulakis Gallery is a veteran among art galleries in town. With two other locations in Petralona (multi-event space) and Syntagma (antique and art gallery), the Zoumboulakis gallery in Kolonaki – known as 20 Kolonaki Sq. – is a great place to discover and admire Greek and foreign artists. Of course, you should not skip on the museum shop, as there you will find stunning art pieces and designer furniture.

Zoumboulakis Gallery, Alopekis 20, Kolonaki square, Athens, Greece, +30 210 360 8278

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