By no means a complete list; a mere collection of tried and tested ideas…
Πατάκης / Bookstore Patakis
Massive selection in Greek, small selection on other languages – worth a browse.
Small select selection of books in a variety of languages – as well as cards and other paraphernalia. Great service – and gift wrap.
Οίκος Ανοχής Σκέψης / Free Thinking Zone
Interesting selection of books and other publications, including the quirky.
Οίκος Ανοχής Σκέψης means ‘House of Thought Tolerance’. Worth a browse.
Possibly the best place in Athens for a traditional Greek coffee. An absolute joy. And watch the world go by in the market quarter.
Nice little tri-part hideaway. Very close to Syntagma Sq. Try the homemade lemonade. Kick back, make some notes…
Poems ‘n Crimes Art Bar & Café
Café / bookshop in Monastiraki – get an coffee and sit out the back. Plot.
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης – ΕΜΣΤ
Beautiful space in an old brewery. Changing exhibitions – and an amazing view from the rooftop, including of Pnyka (look it up).
The Art Foundation
Gallery / hip bar. Worth a brief stop. Maybe wear black.
The Museum of Cycladic Art
Μουσείο Κυκλαδικής Τέχνης
Blast form the 3000 bc past.
The Onassis Cultural Centre
Shipping a range of activities – including some visual arts. Tasting-menu joint on the top floor (Hytra).
Enjoy – and what would you add?