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A bust of Eleftherios Venizelos in Chalandri's Dourou square | ©Dimorsitanos/WikiCommons
A bust of Eleftherios Venizelos in Chalandri's Dourou square | ©Dimorsitanos/WikiCommons

The Best Things To See & Do In Chalandri, Athens

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Chalandri (or Halandri) is a northern suburb of Athens and has been around since ancient times, when it used to be called Flya, and boasts the playwright Euripides as one of its most famous residents. Today it remains a residential yet popular area, bordered by main roads and a Metro station easily connecting it to the center, and is mostly known for its shopping opportunities and bar scene. With a constellation of small shops and cafés – connected with leafy pedestrian streets and arranged around the city’s main square and the church of Saint Nicholas – Chalandri is a charming neighborhood just waiting to be explored.

Get Your Juices Flowing

Looking for a post-workout refuel, a great way to start your morning, or a healthy lunch spot? Look no further and head to Bazaki instead. This cute juice bar – whose name means ‘small jar’ – is run by two childhood friends, Maria Dina and Stavroula, and serves organic juices and smoothies, as well as healthy snacks and treats, and even fresh daily soups. Just as Hippocrates said, ‘let your food be thy medicine.’

To Bazaki, Aristotelous 33, Chalandri, Greece, +30 210 680 0067

 

Shop Till You Drop

Chalandri has plenty of stores and boutiques but one that easily stands out is Anthologia Humana. This adorable store offers a wide selection of carefully handpicked clothes, shoes and accessories as well as home goods. You can spend hours searching through the treasures on sale and will surely find something to take home with you. Fair warning: you might leave with an empty wallet.

Anthologia Humana, Andrea Papandreou 41, Chalandri, Greece, +30 210 685 9171

 

Pamper Yourself

Enter new realms of relaxation at Cocoon Urban Spa. This little oasis located between Chalandri and Agia Paraskevi (another hip norther suburb) is a cocoon of zen you won’t want to leave after you’ve stepped inside. For those who don’t mind a little bit of pain, treat yourself to a deep tissue massage, or opt for the Balinese massage. The spa even offers yoga and pilates classes, a Jacuzzi, sauna and hammam where you can indulge in a traditional oriental relaxation. If pampering is wrong, who wants to be right?

Cocoon Urban Spa, Souliou 9 & Erifilis, Agia Paraskevi, Greece, +30 210 656 1975

Nail Lounge at Cocoon #cocoonurbanspa#nails#spa#manicure#pedicure#νυχια

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Have A Good Cuppa

While you’re wandering around, drop by Kokkini Svoura. Located on, Agiou Georgiou, one of the main streets, you may easily find it, since it’s the only café in the street. This small café is a hidden gem where you can enjoy a selection of teas, a cup of Greek coffee (if you’re not a fan, no worries, there are other options) or scrumptious sandwiches, tapas, and baked goods. On weekends, like many cafés in town, it serves a tasty brunch menu.
Kokkini Svoura is well-known for their lovely cocktails based on own recipes as well as home-made syrups. On warm days, make sure to find a spot outside in the charming back yard.

Kokkini Svoura, Agios Georgiou 17, Chalandri, Greece, +30 211 012 5454

#kokkinisvoura #coffetime #chalandrion #halandri #antz_me_trella

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Enjoy Some Naxos Cheese

Naxos-born and bred Manolis Koufopoulos is a cheese maker who excels at his game. So much so, that he even created a special type of traditional cheese. By exploiting his home island’s traditional techniques he produces unique cheeses in a variation of forms (hard and semi-hard, and even cheese spread) as well as other delectable dairy products. Even better, you do not need to travel all the way to the island (although you should, it’s an island of pure beauty), as all of his products are available at Tyrokomia Naxou, located in Chalandri.

Tyrokomia Naxou, Ethnikis Antistaseos 18, Chalandri, Greece, +30 210 683 7758

 

Go Green

Sometimes all you want is get away from the city and breathe some fresh air. Lucky for you, Athens is surrounded by three mountains, and Chalandri is located beneath the mount of Penteli, allowing you to get your dose of fresh O2 in a jiffy. Take the opportunity to grab a bite to eat from the tasty snack joint the Falafel Project before heading up there for a hike, a jog or simply a stunning view of the city. And while you’re there, try to visit the old Pendeli monastery as well.

The Falafel Project, Chaimanta 19, Chalandri, Greece, +30 210 681 9192

 

Do Everything To Escape

Once you’re in, all you have to do is get out. Simple. How? By solving puzzles and riddles, and finding clues to earn your escape. Welcome to the Mindtrap, the intelligent form of entertainment. Have fun using your brain to get out of a themed room within 60 minutes. Easy you say? Let’s see you give it a go.

The Mindtrap, Kosta Varnali 10, Chalandri, Greece, +30 210 689 9245

 

Practice Your Backhand

Have some fun with your friends and practice some of your best tennis moves at the Chalandri Tennis Club. Channel your inner Serena or Nadal and unleash your power. Open since 1982, the club features nine tennis courts and has a team of coaches for beginners, as well as quick refresher courses. After your match, relax at the Club bar and, in the summer, have a swim in the pool. Don’t have any gear with you? Drop by the club store to get what you need.

Chalandri Tennis Club, Garittou 17, Chalandri, Greece, +30 210 600 7830

#tennis#training#lets#go#play#new#gear#only#yonex

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