Considered the birthplace of democracy, Athens, the capital city of Greece, has been witness to an ancient civilization that flourished in the city and has produced some of the wisest men of olden times.
Ruins of the most formidable edifices from that era still bear silent testimony to the rich history and culture of this great city of gods. The awesome Acropolis dominates the city skyline in stark contrast to modern developments – visible from most parts of the city – a daily reminder to Athenians of a great bygone era.
Not only does Athens boast a rich cultural heritage and some of the best ancient monuments in the world, it is also a great party destination with its happening nightlife scene. The city is home to some top notch spots for cocktails, clubbing, partying with a view, or simply drinking the night away after a hectic day of sightseeing.
Check out the top Athens attractions and nightspots we have compiled below for you.
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis.
The Parthenon is a former temple on Acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power.
The Erechtheion or Erechtheum is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis.
Temple of Hephaestus
The Temple of Hephaestus or Hephaisteion or earlier as the Theseion is a well-preserved Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a monument of Greece and a former colossal temple at the center of the capital.
National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity.
Pláka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture.
Monastiraki is a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens.
Church of the Holy Apostles
The Church of the Holy Apostles, also known as Holy Apostles of Solaki or Agii Apostoli, is located in the Ancient Agora of Athens, Greece, next to the Stoa of Attalos, and can be dated to around the late 10th century.
National Museum of Contemporary Art
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, established in October 2000, is the sole national institution focused only on collecting and exhibiting contemporary Greek and international art in Athens.
Herakleidon Art Museum
Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, has been bringing art, education, and culture to the general public since 2004.
The Agios Eleftherios church, also known as Mikri Mitropoli or Panagia Gorgoepikoos is a Byzantine-era church located at the Mitropolis square, next to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum was created by the renowned Greek jewelry designer Ilias Lalaounis. The ILJM is located near the Acropolis, at the corner of Karyatidon and Kallisperi streets.
Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments
The Museum of Popular Music Instruments is a museum and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology in the Lassanis Mansion, Plaka, Athens. It displays about 600 Greek musical instruments from the last 300 years and has as many more in store.
Temple of Athena Nike
The Temple of Athena Nike is a temple on the Acropolis of Athens. It was named after the Greek goddess, Athena Nike. Built around 420BC, the temple is the earliest fully Ionic temple on the Acropolis
Hadrian’s Library was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens
The Panathenaic Stadium or Kallimarmaro is a multi-purpose stadium. One of the main historical attractions of Athens, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble.
- Wooden barrels and colorful bottles line the walls of this century-old bar
- In the words of a visitor: “Located on the roof top of the Hilton Hotel in Athens, the Galaxy Bar and Restaurant is a must visit for sunset! This laid back upscale establishment provides a fantastic panoramic view of the city of Athens overlooking the Acropolis in the distance and Lycabettus Hill! The drinks menu is a bit pricey but worth it to take in that fabulous view of Athens!!”
- TAF (The Art Foundation) is an incredibly innovative multi-purpose culture venue that features a cool gallery and performance art space along with a fabulous courtyard-café bar. Recently the Oh!at TAF shop opened on its premises featuring a collection of souvenirs and objects by famous Greek designers.
- Lively and central Seven Jokers has lovely old wood and brass fittings, plus a hip selection of wine and cocktails.
- The Clumsies
- The Clumsies is an all day cocktail bar that offers great cocktails and a unique experience.
- 7 Times Dance Club
- 7 Times Dance Club was created to be a cosmopolitan democratic place in the historical center of Athens to make people of different ages happy and “provide” them with a “simple” fun.
- “Great environment, amazing selection of wine and cozy atmosphere!”
- Alexander’s Bar
Voted Best Hotel Bar in the world by Forbes magazine
MoMix Molecular Mixology Kerameikos
- The is what the website (https://www.momixbar.com/)says about this unique bar “MoMix is the FIRST Molecular Mixology Bar Concept in Athens, Here you can travel your mind tasting cocktails & drinks in solid form and many other alternative ways… MoMix was created for traveling customer’s senses to another Level…”
Source: TripAdvisor, Google, Lonely Planet, Wikipedia