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Psyrri is considered the nightlife district of Athens with many bars, taverns and restaurants. Psysrri is very centrally located and is within walking distance of Monastiraki Square at the foot of the Acropolis. Here is also the beginning of the pedestrian zone with many great shops and cafes, restaurants and bars.
We had the best time at Ivis4 Boutique Hotel gewohnt, das uns sehr gut gefallen hat.
The best way to explore Athens culinarily before taking the ferry to one of the Cycladic islands is definitely a food tour with Athenian Tours [ad].
Our guide Tassos introduced us to the traditional food of the capital in a tour from 10:00 to 14:00. After meeting at the Syntagma metro station, we set off on an informative and above all fun tour with Tassos, who first took us to an artisan bakery where we could taste various traditional pastries with sweet or savoury fillings. I (Dominik) preferred the savoury version with spinach and cheese and Kathrin the sweetness with Sweet Cream.
Next, we got extremely tasty sesame rings – koulorades – at a street sale.
Afterwards, Tassos introduced us to the Greek coffee culture. We got strong mocha in a small copper carafe heated in hot sand.
At noon there were Greek specialties from the Attica region such as ham, salami, cheese, dried fruits, homemade chutney and tsipouro schnapps in the backyard of a specialty shop. So far, every single stop has convinced us that Greece has a lot to offer in culinary terms.
For dessert we had fresh sweet fruits from the market. Afterwards we strolled through the fish and meat market and admired the hustle and bustle. Afterwards we were able to taste different varieties of olives and were very surprised by the variety of tastes.
At the spice market came our highlight: caramelized peanuts with sesame and roasted pistachios, as you have never eaten them before.
We did a second tour with Athenian Tours – the big Acropolis tour with Alexia. This tour also takes about four hours and is super insightful and exciting.
It is simply incomprehensible what achievements were achieved here in Athens more than two millennia ago. You really feel transported to this time when Alexia tells like this.
Finally, we go to the Acropolis Museum. This modern building is the most beautiful museum I have ever seen. A perfect combination of modern architectural style and preservation of historical elegance. Large stained glass windows allow a breathtaking view of the Acropolis. Really a great end to the successful tour.