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Athens, Greece: Hotel – Restaurant – Bar – Nightclub – Must See

Going to Greece? Make a stop at these 5 places for an unforgettable trip.

 

 

Hotel: Royal Olympic Hotel – 28-34 Ath. Diakou, Athens, 117 43

 

photo: @alifoster

 

A short walk from the Acropolis, 5-star Royal Olympic Hotel is located right in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and features an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Guests can taste traditional Greek cuisine or enjoy a cocktail at the rooftop Ioannis bar-restaurant offering panoramic views over the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill.

The elegantly decorated rooms and suites at Royal Olympic are air conditioned and include a mini bar, hairdryer and bathroom amenities. Each soundproofed unit has a work desk, a satellite TV and a bathroom with shower or bathtub. Most units offers views over the Temple of Zeus or the swimming pool garden.

Hotel facilities include 18 fully equipped meeting rooms, all flooded with natural light and accommodating up to 700 guests. Free WiFi access is provided throughout the hotel, while the multilingual staff is available 24/7. A library is also available on site.

The Royal Olympic is within a 4-minute walk from the picturesque Plaka neighbourhood, where a variety of traditional restaurants and souvenirs shops is featured. Syntagma Square is 0.6 miles away and Athens International Airport is at 21.7 miles.

 

photo: @chris_loock

Restaurant: Dinner in the Sky-Athens – Technopolis of Athens, Iakchou & Voutadon St., Gazi, 11854

 

photo: @dinnerintheskyathens

An extraordinary culinary proposal -in the center of Athens- welcomes you! A table for 22 people, along with our experienced chefs who are preparing a 5 course menu, lifts you up to 50 meters and offers once in a life time experience over the city.

Dinner in the Sky takes you to heaven, while the nightlife of Athens “awakens”. As the table slowly rotates you get views ranging from the sculpturally lit Acropolis, the surrounding mountains, the sea and of course the Athenian cityscape.

Invite your friends, loved ones or colleagues to a special dinner and spice up your nights in Athens with a combination of exceptional food and breathtaking views. Try special, modern tastes inspired by the Greek tradition accompanied by delicious Greek wines.

photo: @dinnerintheskyathens

 

 

Bar: Brettos – 41, Kidathineon Street, 105 58 Athens

 

photo: @lisa_elle8

 

The unsuspected visitor of the historic center of Athens cannot miss the hundreds of colorful bottles and lights that decorate the walls of “Brettos”. “BRETTOS” is the oldest distillery in Athens. It started operating for the first time back in 1909 at the ground level of an Athenian old mansion in the heart of Plaka. At those premises, his founder, Michael Brettos, started producing ouzo, brandy and few liqueur flavors, from the old time classics like cherry and peppermint to the most distinct ones like citrus and masticha, using old family recipes from Smyrni (Izmir, Turkey). It is the 2nd oldest distillery in Europe!

Since 1909, although it is now almost a century old, little has changed at Mr. Brettos’ old-fashioned distillery. It still operates as a bar at this small, incredible beautiful, charming and “out of time” spot. It is still serving visitors ouzo, 3,5 and 7 star brandy, more than 36 different flavors of liqueur, none of them available in any other of the liquor or grocery store, traditional Greek spirits, wines and beers. Visited by many locals, it is also very inviting for the tourists. Anyone who is passing by can either sit down and try any liqueur he wishes for, or buy the whole bottle if in need of something to go or take home.

The inside of the small shop is still as it used to be. The first thing you notice is the beautiful décor of a wall full of coloured bottles lit from behind that fill the entire back wall floor to ceiling, providing a colour spectrum in contrast to the 200 year old building. On another wall are the old barrels full of spirits that are still used. Around the shop there is a bar with about 15 stools where you can sample the famous homemade ouzo (very smooth), brand or liqueurs. Finally, next to the door there is the very first, hand-made, ouzo distiller that Mr Michael Brettos once used.

 

Nightclub: Balux – Vassileos Georgiou B No. 58 Asteria Glyfada

 

photo: @natashakarachaliou

 

Sea-front Athens scene spot in the fashion-conscious suburb of Glyfada - the Hellenic Hamptons. A beach party for the beautiful people, it’s a gorgeous design resort with a restaurant, health bar, steam baths and yoga space.

The dance floor is by the main swimming pool area and it’s here that the party starts at around mid-day, getting hotter as the sun goes down.

Guests sip beers and tall-glass cocktails by the water while big-name DJs spin the latest dance tunes. By midnight the pool is foaming, the songs are simmering and you’re all set for a long night.

 

Must-See – Plaka

 

photo: @padpap

 

A walk through the oldest neighborhood in Athens is a must and one of the most pleasurable activities especially in the early evening. There are hundreds of shops from kitschy tourist to the workshops of some great artisans. There are several good restaurants where you can sit outside almost year-round. There are also some nice little ouzeries that are cozy when it is too cold to sit outside. The famous Brettos distillery on Kydatheneon could be in this top 10 list on its own. The out-door Cine Paris where you can watch a move on the roof of a building below the lit walls of the Acropolis could too. There are ancient Greek and Roman ruins scattered around as well as some beautiful 19th century and older buildings and several Byzantine churches. Don’t forget Anafiotika, the neighborhood closest to the stone slope of the Acropolis where you can wander around and feel like you are on an island in the middle of the Aegean instead of an island in the middle of a modern city. Best time to be here? Apokreas, which is carnival season.

photo: @snbonthego

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