“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love” (Ernest Hemingway)
I love city trips and express-getaways, they’re just the perfect escape from day to day life. Every trip, no matter how short or far away it is, creates memories, you’ll never forget and it makes you see the world with different eyes. I’ve recently visited Athens and I think it’s a perfect destination for a short city trip. I’ve put together some of my personal highlights, for anyone who’s interested, but if you just would like to get some outfit inspo for your next city trip, that’s also ok.
I Am Wearing: Mykke Hofmann Mini Silk Dress, Zara Sock Boots, Bally Crossbody Bag
WHERE TO GO
Athens is an open-air museum. Must-sees are the Acropolis, Parthenon, and the New Acropolis Museum, one of the best archaeological museums in the world! I can highly recommend to book the “Morning Strolls Tour”, an individual guided tour through the most historic neighbourhoods of Athens, organised by greeking.me. Our tour guide showed us the most important landmarks and monuments of this beautiful city in just 4 hours. Some of the highlights were the Roman Agora, the Tower of the Winds, the Monument of Lysicrates, the Library of Hadrian.
Anafiotika, “The Balcony” Of Athens
I especially enjoyed “Anafiotika”, also called “the balcony” of Athens on the foot of the Acropolis, overlooking the whole city. It’s almost like a hidden island which consists of miniature houses, all painted in white – so istagrammable! We finished our walking tour in the alternative street-art area Psirri, where you can find beautiful mural paintings and lots of cute little outdoor restaurants.
What To Wear
Leave your high heels at home during the day and discover the city by foot. I always bring a pair of stylish sneakers that are suitable for a quick morning run, or a workout session in the hotel gym, but also stylish enough to be worn with a maxi-dress during the day. I chose a pair of Nike trainers and paired them with my favourite printed Mykke Hofmann dress, which was perfect to stay cool and protected from the sunshine at the same time.
I am wearing: Mykke Hofmann Maxidress, Nike Sneakers, Zara Jeans Jacket
Having the hotel right at the heart of Athens, we were able to go for quick strolls around the quarter of Koukaki, at at the feet of the Acropolis, which is one of the best neighbourhoods in Athens. You can find all sorts of hip restaurants, bars and stores, which attract creatives and Instagrammers from all over the world. It’s also an excellent neighbourhood to wander around.
On Top Of Mount Lycabettus, Wearing Mykke Hofmann Asymmetric Dress, AGL Shoes Lace Up Ballerinas
A pair of block heels combined with denim and a crisp white shirt are the perfect choice for Athens city strolls (see my blog post “Colours Of Athens”), or for a more chic option, wear a formal dress (with a twist – I love this asymmetric one by Mykke Hofmann) and combine it with a pair of ballerinas. Finally, in the evening it is time to get your heels and mini-dress out for an aperitif on the Electra Metropolis roof terrace and a photo in front of the city skyline with the sun setting on the Acropolis.
The View From Mount Lycabettus, After Sunset
Sunset By The Roof Top Pool Of The Electra Metropolis Hotel
On Top Of The Hotel Terrace, With The Acropolis In The Background, Wearing Mykke Hofmann Silk Mini Dress And Zara Sock Boots
WHERE TO EAT:
You know they say that touristic spots are to be avoided, when it comes to food. But when you don’t have a lot of time, you usually do end up in restaurants that are close to tourist attractions. We asked our tour guide, if it was “safe” to go for lunch after our tour. She told us to go into Adrianou street, right off Monastiraki, where we found a cute little place called Kuzina. We had a simple lunch made with fresh, local ingredients and it was just perfect: home-made tzatziki with bred, fresh salad and vegetables with olives, followed by calamari with lemon, ripe tomatoes and onion. Eating Greek food just makes you happy and we pretty much ate all day! I’ve listed a bunch of food, drink and café places at the end of this blogpost for you.
At The Entrance To The Electra Metropolis Bar, Restaurant & Pool Area, Wearing Tiger Of Sweden Paper Bag Pants, Mykke Hofmann Cashmere Sweater, Chloé Susanna Boots
HOW TO GET THERE:
Getting to Athens from Munich, is really easy, I flew with Aegan Air and it was a quick and pleasant trip. Athens is really well connected to the airport, it was only a short drive (approximately 30-40 minutes) to our hotel.
WHERE TO STAY:
We had the pleasure to stay at the Electra Metropolis Hotel, which is located right in the heart of the city. If you’d like to go for a more economic option, you should still visit their roof top bar for an aperitif – the view is simply breathtaking!
The Electra Metropolis Restaurant, With View Over The Acropolis
Restaurant & Café Tips:
Started out as delivery and patrons urged them to open a restaurant. Healthy, home – cooked Greek food with a twist in a simple, central, attractive setting.
(19 Kalamiotou Str.)
Mama Roux, a buzzy New Orleans inspired restaurant, perfect for a lunchtime Mexican fix and cocktails.
(48 Eolou Str, Monastiraki)
Tzitzikas & Mermgikas
Greek traditional cuisine (12 – 14 Mitropoleos Str)
t Michelin – starred restaurant in Kerameikos. Secret entrance via a buzzer on a closed door. Super – creative young chefs Georgianna Chiliadaki & Nikos Roussos have turned their attentions to recreating Greek dishes in a whole different, exciting new way at their exceptional Greek tavern
(13 Paramithias & Salaminos Str, Kerameikos)
(Gazi) Kanella, which means cinnamon in Greek, is a traditional family style restaurant in Gazi, serving typical mamas kitchen, with home made specialties based on authentic recipes.
The noisy Seychelles give a more youthful and cheerful tone in Avdi Square. Anna
Repousi and chef Fotis Foteinoglou turned the old cafe “Bahamas” in a beautiful
modern tavern with many retro elements.
Hoocut (Agias Eirinis Square 9)
42 Barstronomy (Kolokotroni 3)
Kuzina (9, Adrianou str. Monastiraki)
The best souvlaki in the city center (5 Pentelis St. Syntagma)
Ice cream flavours created with uniquely Greek ingredients, such as fresh Cretan anthotyr with bergamot (16A Mitropoleos Str.)
The latest spot to tuck into the deep fried, honey – dipped loukoumades sensation (21 Eolou Str.)
Serpetia tou Psirri
Traditional sweets (3 Aisxulou Str., Psirri)
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