Top things to do and see in Athens

Athens top 30 things to see and do

We have created a Athens top 30 things to see and do list. There is so much to see and do in Athens, and activities will really depend on your interests.

Here is our Athens Travel Guide, including some must see and must do activities in Athens.

Top 30 things to see and do in Athens:

1. Visit the Monastiraki area, walk along Ermou Street (main shopping district) & buy a Koulouri (crunchy sesame seed covered bread ring) from a street vendor

2. Visit The Parthenon, a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis with an Acropolis guided tour

3. Venture up to Lycavettus Hill

4. Visit the suburb Kolonaki for a drink & have dessert at the famous Greek Greek pastry chef’s store, Sweet Alchemy by Stelios Parliaros 

5. Must see – Athens Acropolis museum

6. Walk around the area of Thissio or take a guided walking tour with a local

7. Visit Panathinaiko Marble Stadium, or you can choose to take the Athens hop on hop off bus around the city instead

8. Stroll through Athens central municipal market & go to Diporto for lunch

9. Walk through the national gardens right through to where the Zappeion is located

10. Walk to Hadrian’s Arch which used to be one of the entrances to the city

11. Stroll down Metropolis Street to see some beautiful churches

12. Walk along Panepistimiou street, the architecture is stunning here

13. Walk the Anafiotika area on the downside of Acropolis Hill

14. Take part in a Athens cooking class and market visit

15. Taste yoghurt & cheese at Stani dairy shop which has been operating since 1931

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16. Sample Greek pies at Ariston, an institution of Greece

17. Have dinner in the town of Psirri, followed by dessert at Bougatsadiko Psirri and see the masters open phyllo by hand and then taste the incredible bougatsa (custard filled fillo pie)

18. Try the Lahmatzoun at Feyrouz (street food)

19. Eat Souvlaki at Thanassi’s or Kosta’s, both institutions of Athens

20. Relax with a coffee at Yiasemi, a beautiful cafe set along the steps in Plaka

21. Eat Loukamades (Greek Doughnuts) with all sorts of amazing toppings such as Kinder Bueno or Nutella at the Lukamades store or take a Athens food tour

22. Enjoy Greek Dancing or drinks in Plaka at Brettos Bar

23. More drinks at A for Athens or 360 Rooftop Bar

24. Bar hopping visits at Drunk Sinatra & The Clumsies

25. Experience the nightlife in Keramikos

26. Take a day trip to Piraeus, Mikrolimano area

27. Ride the tram to Glyfada, stop at Flisvos Marina, walk along the broadwalk & hop back on the tram or bus when you are ready

28. Spend a whole day in Vouliagmeni, swim at the lake, (healing springs) & nearby beach

29. Visit Marathonas Dam, archeological site, museum & monument of the Battle of Marathon

30. Take a day trip to Delphi, Mycanae, Epidavros & Nafplio and or Cape Sounio to visit the Temple of Poseidon

Even more to do!

Choose from a variety of guided walking tours in Athens, view Athens Tours now!

The Hellenic Odyssey offers group travel tours to the Greek Islands, more information can be found here. We specifically focus on Crete small group travel tours, however as we have visited and lived in many islands and regions of Greece we can assist with Greek travel tours of any nature.

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Where to Stay in Athens?

1. Electra Metropolis

2. Coco Mat Athens BC

3. Electra Palace

4.Hotel Grande Bretagne

5. NJV Athens Plaza

6. AthensWas Hotel

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