ANAS­TA­SIA’S PER­SONAL TOUR

The Simple Things - - MY CITY -

FAVOURITE SHOPS

The At­tic Black Shop

For au­then­tic hand­made Athe­nian ce­ram­ics us­ing an­cient ‘black glaz­ing’ tech­niques. at­ticblack.com

Zama

The best hab­er­dash­ery store in Athens, Zama was the first to im­port zips to Greece in the 1950s. Brim­ming with gor­geous adorn­ments from ruf­fled cuffs to vin­tage but­tons and lace col­lars. zama.com.gr

FAVOURITE GALLERY

The Gagosian gallery

Part of a net­work of gal­leries es­tab­lished by Larry Gagosian in Los Angeles in 1980, the Gagosian at­tracts some of the big­gest names in con­tem­po­rary art. gagosian.com

FAVOURITE CAFÉS/BARS

Balux

For a re­laxed drink by the beach, Balux is an all day café and bar that re­sem­bles an over­sized beach house. balux­cafe.com

Couleur Lo­cale

A buzzing rooftop café and bar with a su­perb view of the Acrop­o­lis. couleur­localea­thens.com

Mokka

Brews cof­fee the tra­di­tional way and is lo­cated op­po­site the big­gest farm­ers’ mar­ket in the city. mokka.gr/en/

FAVOURITE RESTAU­RANTS Di­porto

Rus­tic sim­plic­ity, no menus, only a se­lec­tion of au­then­tic dishes made from scratch ev­ery day for more than 100 years (lunch only). Corner of Sokra­tous and Theatrou, Omonoia

Ta Kara­man­lidika tou Fani

A char­cu­terie and mezet­zidiko serv­ing ar­ti­sanal cold meats. 52 Evripi­dou (corner of Socra­tous)

BEST VIEW

Take the fu­nic­u­lar to the top of Ly­ca­bet­tus Hill. Later, ex­plore the shops and restau­rants of up­mar­ket Kolon­aki.

IF YOU ONLY SEE ONE THING

Climb­ing the Acrop­o­lis and vis­it­ing the Acrop­o­lis Mu­seum is an ob­vi­ous must. With that ticked off the list, head to Hel­lenic Par­lia­ment in Syn­tagma Square, a lit­tle be­fore 11am on a Sun­day, where the chang­ing of the guard is a cer­e­mo­nial high­light.

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