Psirri is one of Athens’ nightlife districts, packed with creative stores, quaint restaurants, picturesque cafés and ouzeries, and bars where drinking and people-watching are the main activities. In short, Psirri is the place where creativity, old-time charm and a good party are celebrated without shame. Of course, there are so many small cafés and bars you could visit but there is so much more to discover. Here’s our small guide to the top things you should do in Psirri.
Shop Till You Drop
Sabater Hermanos/Jabones Naturales
After the success of this small family business in Buenos Aires and Barcelona, the Sabater siblings, Eliana, Martin and Sebastian, opened this colourful store in the heart of Psirri selling fresh-smelling soaps and soap products. Classic fragrances, such as magnolia, rose and lavender, mingle with exotic and unusual ones: cannabis, chocolate or ginger.
If you are looking for a cool gift for yourself, your sister or your BFF, head to B612. This cute, handmade jewellery and accessories store is full of unique and creative pieces. Forget that evil-eye bracelet that everyone has and pick one of these little babies. Eye-catching and totally original.
If you enjoy mystery and puzzles, then you should definitely check out the Great Escape Athens. This real life escape game is just what you need for an hour of fun. Your goal is to make your ultimate escape by using your mind, to solve mysteries with your friends or, why not, to make some new friends as you find your way to freedom.
Explore what one of the most artsy neighbourhoods has to offer. Take a three-hour insider tour of Psirri, but also Exarchia and a bit of Kolonaki. Learn all the secrets and stroll around one the best museums of Athens: the open-air museum of street art. No entrance fee, all you have to do is look up and around and enjoy. Book your tour online here or here.
See Some Art
As one of the most creative districts in Athens, Psirri is home to many art galleries and workshops. While strolling around, you may stumble upon one or two randomly, and there are a few worth visiting, such as the small gallery of Sarri12. Also AD Gallery, established in 1986, exhibits avant-garde Greek and international art, while a.antonopoulou.art, brainchild of Angeliki Aristofanou, is recently held an exhibition with a collection of kitsch objects by Yiannis Boutaris.
Cater To Your Sweet Tooth
Bakery, Dessert, $$$
Step into Little Kook and you’ll be instantly be transported to a world of fairy tales and sweet wonders. With its impressive decor, this small café has a menu featuring the three ‘C’s (cakes, cupcakes and crepes) and tasty beverages (skip the coffee and try the hot chocolate instead). And even if you’re trying to watch what you eat, know that the cake portions are – thankfully or unfortunately – not too large, so indulging in your sweet treat won’t be such a devastating experience.
Ta Serbetia Stou Psyrri is known for its signature dondurma ice cream | Courtesy of Ta Serbetia Stou Psyrri
On the other hand, if big portions are what you are into, head to Serbetia tou Psirri, an old-time favourite among many Athenians. You will feel at home (or at least in your grandma’s kitchen) and get to taste traditional desserts dishes from all over the country. Portions are big, prices are appropriate and the place also has a terrace for those warm sunny days. Your Instagram feed will definitely get sweeter.
Σερμπετόσπιτο, Athina | Courtesy of Nancy's Sweet Home
This shop, also known as Serbetospito is another highly regarded pastry shop and café in Psirri. From traditional sweets with an oriental touch to cakes and even ice creams, Nancy has it all. The portions are big in size and flavour, making it an excellent option for dessert after dinner at one of the nearby tavernas.