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Zurbaran restaurant, Athens
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Zurbaran restaurant, Athens

Back in June my husband and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. For the occasion, we went for lunch at Zurbaran restaurant in Kolonaki. It has been the talk of the town lately and I was keen on visiting. We went for a late lunch and it was the best time to visit, as the restaurant (bar from the tables on the street) was very quiet. We got a table on the patio (definitely the best place to sit) and both ordered burgers. What can I say? When there is a burger on the menu it always lures me in! We…

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Museum of the City of Athens
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6 (more) museums to visit in Athens

A few months ago, I shared 5 must-visit museums in Athens. Those are the ones that will give you the best overview of Greek history from antiquity to the 20th century. They are not the only museums in Athens though.  Last April I got a glimpse of the Numismatic Museum during Open House Athens, and later on, in May, I took advantage of the World Museums’ Day (on May 18th) and visited 5 additional museums! I’ll be presenting them in this post, so, without further ado, let’s get into this. Museum of the City of Athens The name is somewhat…

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Knorr stand at Athens Street Food Festival
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Athens Street Food Festival 2017 review

Over 3 weekends in May, the Athens Street Food Festival took place. The location was an old trolley depot in Ermou Street (corner with Pireos street). Last year it took place over only one weekend and I didn’t have the time to peruse it properly. I did pop on to try a specific dessert though: the so-called chimney dessert that I had eaten years ago in Budapest. This year though, I fared much better. I visited on two subsequent Sundays. I tried out from 3 different stalls and I am in a better position to review this event. I do…

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Alice Inn Athens
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4 design hotels in Athens you should check out

  Since I live in Athens I have zero experience on how hotels in this city look like! So, last month as I was perusing Open House list I spotted some design hotels in Athens that I wanted to visit. I not only saw those hotels but also came back with suggestions on where to stay during a city break in Athens! 1) Periscope Hotel Periscope Hotel is part of Yes Hotels, a collection of 5 design hotels in Athens and Kifisia. Their first hotel was Semiramis in Kifisia, designed by Karim Rashid. Periscope is located on Haritos Street in…

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Caryatids Acropolis Museum Athens
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5 Must-Visit Museums in Athens

Athens is known for its archaeological sites and museums. From the Acropolis to the new museums of Contemporary Art there is something for everyone. Question is, where to start? A visitor will definitely want to see ancient art. Greece is famous for that. But what about the history of Greece in the middle ages? Or after the liberation from the Ottomans. Greek history is rich and so are the findings that you will find in the museums. In this post, I’ve gathered the top 5 museums in Athens. These museums exhibit artifacts from 3200 BC until the 20th century! I’ve summed…

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Pagrati, Athens
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Exploring Pagrati

Last year I shared my experience of Open Walk Athens by atenistas. During that walk, I checked out a lot of mid-20th-century buildings in downtown Athens. This year I participated in another Open Walk, this time in Pagrati. The walk started off from Proskopon (Scouts) square. There we popped in Magemenos Avlos (meaning Magic Flute) restaurant. The restaurant operates since 1961 and was the hangout for Greek artists at the time. Manos Hatzidakis was one of the regulars in this restaurant. Then we made our way towards George Seferis house. George Seferis was a renowned Greek poet, who won the…

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hot chocolate at Σοκολάτα Athens
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Tea or Chocolate: Reviewing two specialty shops in Athens

If you’re a regular reader you probably know that I don’t drink coffee. I love cute cafes but always opt for tea or chocolate (and sometimes for a cocktail). Admittedly it’s easier to find a nice tea than chocolate, as there are various brands of tea bags, but in both cases if you are looking for something exceptional then you have to visit a specialty shops. That’s where To Tsai (Το Τσάι, translates to Tea) and Sokolata (Σοκολάτα, translates to chocolate) come to play. So let’s have a look! To Tsai To Tsai is located in a tiny street parallel…

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Hadrian's Arch Athens
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Winter In Athens

This winter has been particularly cold in Athens (for Greek standards!) and it even snowed as you can see in the photo above! It was chilly for walking around Athens, BUT it was a good opportunity to check new (for me) restaurants and cafes and of course revisit old favorites! I’ve also attended a couple of press events that I really enjoyed and I’m sharing my experience with you. So let’s start with my “winter diaries” Restaurants in Athens Back in December I dined at Estrella, which has a vast selection of brunch dishes, from eggs, to pancakes, to omelets!…

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Red Velvet cake at B Madame, Kolonaki
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B Madame

Back in July my husband and I discovered a small patisserie/ice cream parlor in Kapnikareas street (off Ermou shopping street) called Balader. We loved getting ice cream from there a lot as we really liked the way that the ice cream was made. In September was informed that Balader would move in Kolonaki, but that move took longer than expected. After a lot of searching, we finally located it in Valaoritou street under a new name: B madame. Related: Summer in Athens The Place As we learned from co-owner Spiros Bakogiannis, the main reason behind the move was the space….

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Ergon restaurant, Athens

Ergon restaurant has been on my radar since visiting Thessaloniki last year. On my first night there we planned on dining in their flagship store called Agora, but couldn’t find a table. Luckily they opened a new deli and restaurant in downtown Athens and back in December, on my nameday, I got to visit it! The Space Ergon restaurant is located on Mitropoleos street very close to Syntagma square. Upon entering the store you come across the deli (Ergon started off as a deli brand) with shelves full of various marmalades, spreads, condiments, candies and many more Greek products. Seating…

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bougatsan at Estrella Athens
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Brunch at Estrella Athens

Estrella is a restaurant that originates from Thessaloniki and made it recently to Athens. I read all about the restaurant and its famous bougatsan last year in Aegean Airlines magazine. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to visit their  store in Thessaloniki, as my itinerary got busy last year, so I was more than happy to find out that a franchise store opened in Athens a few months back. Estrella’s tagline is “World Street Food” but it would as well be “The Brunch Place”, as the menu is full of dishes like boiled eggs, omelets, pancakes and the lot. And of course,…

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