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.
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.
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.
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.
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.