• by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 05 February 2015

There is something about lists that makes most of us take notice. ‘Top 5 Ways to Impress a New Boss’, ‘Top 10 Weight Loss Mistakes’, ’20 Must-See Winter Destinations’ – these are all irresistibly clickable headlines… We all get these in our news feeds and Facebook feeds every day – they range from the profoundly stupid to the strangely profound.

So I love it when I get a list that includes Greece or Athens (in the spirit of ‘best of’ not ‘worst of’!), and I especially like to see what others see as ‘top’ in Athens…

Time has a number of City Guides posted online – their 10 Things To Do in Athens list is pretty straight-forward and uncontroversial:

10. Monastiraki Flea Market

9. Gazi

8. Thiseion outdoor cinema

7. Mount Lycabettus

6. Benaki Museum, Pireos Street Annex

5. Byzantino jewelry shop in Plaka

4. Acropolis museum restaurant

3. Acropolis

2. Anafiotika

1. Ancient Agora

The Guardian’s list of 10 Great Things to do in Athens is even more interesting, with several places to eat & drink:

1. Alternative Tours of Athens - walks organised by a collective of local photographers, artists, writers, musicians, designers and architects to see another side of Athens. There are tours on photography, street art, social movements, architecture, etc.

2. Food Str

3. Cafe Avissinia

4. Lake Vouliagmeni

5. Gazarte

6. Skoufia Taverna

7. Thea Terrace Bar, Central Hotel

8. The Art Foundation

9. Kokkinos Lotos

10. (Strangely, this Top 10 list only shows 9 items… go figure.)


USA Today has a site dedicated to Top 10 Lists – here’s what they say about Athens’ Top 10 Best Value Restaurants (most of which I’ve never heard of…):

10. Olymbos Naousa

9. Derlicatessen

8. Bakalomagazo

7. New York Sandwiches

6. Oxo Nou

5. Makalo

4. Ama Lachi

3. The Holy Goat

2. Paella Barcelona

1. Au Grand Zinc


Time Magazine – Athens City Guide http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1942641_1942848,00.html?iid=perma_share

The Guardian - 10 Great Things to do in Athens http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/sep/14/10-great-things-to-do-athens-greece

Alternative Tours of Athens, +30 210 322 6713, http://atathens.org

USA Today 10 Best, http://www.10best.com/destinations/greece/athens/restaurants/best-value/

Until next week,


In this weekly space, keep up with ‘Jack’ as he navigates daily life in Athens… Anecdotes, stories, hits & misses, the good, the bad and, well, the rest…