The hidden treasures of Athens
Some decades ago, when imposing, grand buildings were constructed in Athens’ city centre, no one could imagine that the indoor passages to those buildings would later be a part of Athens’ most striking modern sights! Thanks to their innovative interior design and unique character, it’s only natural that these arcades are among the favourite choices of visitors as well as Athenians! Don’t miss the opportunity to explore them whenever you find yourself in downtown Athens –day or night– complementing your visit with a “stopover” to a historic or cultural monument that surrounds them!
Where: in the Hellenic Army Pension Fund, one of the most historic buildings of downtown Athens (built in the period from 1929 and 1940), in the famous quarter defined by Panepistimiou, Amerikis, Stadiou and Voukourestiou streets.
Why: the best and most luxurious arcade in Athens city centre, distinctive for its unique architectural style that combines ideally interwar and modern elements. Its glass roof allows the arcade to be bathed in natural light whereas around the gallery you will find some of the best known theatres in town, gourmet restaurants, stylish cafes, luxury boutiques and expensive jewellery stores. From morning till night the City Link is crowded with people enjoying their coffee or meal, shopping or simply taking in its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
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Where: Korai Square, between Panepistimiou and Stadiou Street.
Why: distinctive for its special Italianate atmosphere, Korai Arcade is associated with delicate cinnamon, coffee and chocolate flavours rising out of its picture-perfect cafes and bistros. But watch out: an empty chair during peak hours will be hard to find since many people choose the Arcade to enjoy a delicious pizza, a crepe or an ice cream after completing their shopping in the elegant district of Kolonaki or in Ermou street, the biggest shopping street of Athens! Counting numerous cinemas, flowershops, clothes and accessories stores, Korai arcade is an ideal place to spend an afternoon in Athens in the most pleasant way!
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Where: in the beautifully preserved building of “Arsákio”, at the quarter of Panepistimiou, Pesmazóglou, Stadiou and Arsáki streets.
Why: An oasis of peace and relaxation away from the city’s hustle and bustle; a place where one can engage in meditation; a refuge for artists and intellectuals… A number of publishing houses line its interior whereas several fascinating cultural events and educational seminars take place during the year. Enjoy your coffee or dessert while reading your favourite book or while listening to soft music… A thinker’s paradise!
Don’t forget: to get information about the performances’ programme of the historic “Karolos Koun Art Theatre”, situated at the entrance of the arcade.
Where: Ippokrátous street, opposite the National Library
Why: A classical music and opera fans’ paradise! Sophisticated record buyers will be thrilled to discover rare opera and classical music records in its stores! You will also find picturesque tobacco and camera shops as well one of the best known cinemas in Athens.
Don’t forget: Stamp collectors can enrich their collection with rare stamps to be found in the stores of the arcade!
Where: Panepistimiou, opposite Ippokrátous street
Why: Smaller but beautifully renovated, Nikoloúdi arcade offers a simple yet sophisticated atmosphere to its visitors! Banks, book and accessories stores lend the arcade a distinctive character that is certainly worth experiencing!
Don’t forget: upon exiting the arcade you will come across some of the most remarkable buildings of Athens: the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens, and the National Library of Greece.
Where: 25 Kolokotróni Street
Why: Constructed in the ‘20s and ‘30s, the most famous arcade of Kolokotróni Street remains a hotspot in downtown Athens. Its modern character draws younger crowds who have fun in its fancy cafes and bars!
Don’t forget: Follow Kolokotróni Street, and visit by all means the picture-perfect districts of Monastiráki and Psiri, right next to Acropolis, where you can indulge your palate with delicious food, or mingle with the locals and experience the buzzing nightlife of Athens!