Books, Cafés and Art in Athens – a few ideas

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

2018 08 21 Poems & Crimes Athens - TS Eliot Quote @michaelambjorn
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?

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