Athens captivates visitors with its storied past, vibrant present, and warm hospitality. It is a city that seamlessly merges history, culture, and modernity, leaving a lasting impression on all those fortunate enough to experience its wonders.

As I mentioned several times in my previous posts, I am a natural born globetrotter. I travel because I simply cannot get enough of it and I have always try and find a job that allowed me to be a wanderer. I graduated in Economics with a PhD in Hotel Management, and I started my career in the Business Administration area, by working for several huge multinational corporations. I have been relocated in different countries many times before deciding to quit and dedicate myself of what I truly adore. Fashion, Travel and Food!

I will tell you more about this topic and the feelings I had when I realized that I had to stop spending my life analyzing KPIs and whatnot, in some other posts.

Let’s now concentrate on the subject of this post, the City of Athens, a very important landmark to me.

The Majestic Parthenon, eternal beauty, ancient glory.

As I told you, my current occupation let me travel a lot and experience different cultures, expand your horizons, and gain a global perspective. I own some e-commerce website and working from home really was a game changer for me.

I chose to move to Greece for the second time (the first experience will be the topic of one of my future posts) and I am not repentant at all.

I relocated in Athens because I fancied a big metropolis and I felt like I wanted to discover the city where democracy was born and flourished.

Beyond its historical significance, Athens pulsates with a dynamic spirit. Its bustling streets are adorned with charming cafés, lively markets, and a thriving arts scene. The city’s eclectic neighborhoods offer a tapestry of experiences, from the vibrant nightlife of Psirri to the bohemian charm of Exarcheia.

I’ll tell you more about where to eat if you like lively and modern places like I do.

For starters, I’ll talk about Greek cuisine and my favourite places.

There’s more to it than Greek Salad!

Greek cuisine is more than just food; it’s a reflection of the country’s history, culture, and passion for good living. It’s an invitation to savor every bite, experience the warmth of Greek hospitality, and embark on a culinary journey that will leave a lasting impression.

My number one choice should I fancy traditional food would be Oikeîo.

Oikeîo Restaurant

Oikeîo. a COzY place in the fancy kolonaki

At the corner of Plutarchos and Alopekis, in the southern area of Kolonaki, there’s this jewel of Greek cuisine and hospitality. The atmosphere inside the House is dreamy and fairytale-like. Wooden floors, covered in places with carpets, visible brick on the pillars, bar, rotunda tables and many small decorative details that make the space really homely. A sweet French music accompanies your dinner and everything is so relaxed that you forget where and “when” you are! Until food sets in and you are blessed! Their dishes are exactly what you are looking for and what you expect from Greece.

Chickpeas with dill, lemon and homemade tomato sauce, as well as in the filleted fresh baked sea bass with olive oil, fennel and green salad, are a celebration of fresh, high-quality ingredients, simplicity, and the art of balancing flavors.

One of Oikeîo’s signature dishes is the pan-seared chicken fillets simmered in butter with Sami wine, honey and sesame.

Useful Info: The restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday, however working hours may vary, I strongly suggest to call them before going, it’s best to reserve too.

A piece of advice for those travelling by car: parking is extremely difficult in the area, especially on days and hours when the shops are open. Leave the car in a pay parking (there are some outside Kolonaki) and go via taxi or enjoy the walking!

Athens is a melting pot of flavours

Athens embraces a vibrant international culinary scene that goes beyond traditional Greek cuisine. The city is a melting pot of flavors, influenced by its cosmopolitan nature and the diverse backgrounds of its residents and visitors.

The other place I would like to share with you guys is a Japanese restaurant I simply worship. The Nyx Rooftop Gastrobar.

The NYX is located at the top floor of the Academias Hotel, a Luxury city hotel in Monastiraki. Exceptional, fresh and raw produce become the base of a fascinating selection of elegant Japanese influenced dishes, tastefully blended with its signature cocktails.

Most amazing thing about it? Its stunning view of the Parthenon.

My favourite, definitely. The restaurant is a captivating destination that combines astonishing views, contemporary design, and delectable culinary experiences.

nyx, The Greek Goddess of the Night

The bar’s name, inspired by the Greek goddess of the night, sets the stage for a memorable evening. For those with a penchant for fine dining and yet lively, vivacious and youngish places, this is the right choice.

Located in the heart of downtown Athens, on a stunning rooftop where you can enjoy 360 views of the city, both the majestic Acropolis and the picturesque Lycabettus hill. Drawing on elements of Asian tradition, chef Dimitris Kotsalis and his team curate an inspired menu influenced by Japanese gastronomy. He skillfully combines traditional Asian ingredients and cooking techniques with modern twists, resulting in delicious and innovative dishes.

Nyx Gastrobar Interior

The ambiance of the restaurant also plays a significant role in my affection for it.

Nyx is a vibrant and energetic place, and it offers a unique and elevated experience. As you step onto the rooftop, you’re immediately greeted by a contagious buzz of excitement and a breathtaking view of the cityscape or surrounding scenery.

The Hotel Academias Entrance

Christina, the Restaurant Manager is a very reliable and accurate young lady. She is always there to meet you and welcome you with a smile.

One more reason I love the restaurant is its casual and yet polite service provided by the staff; the waiters are attentive, knowledgeable, and passionate about the cuisine they serve. They are always ready to provide recommendations, explain the menu, and ensure that your dining experience is enjoyable from start to finish.

The overall atmosphere is often enhanced by vibrant colors, contemporary lighting, and carefully curated music that sets the mood for an unforgettable evening. They have this captivating and visually striking display of bottles of wine that adds a touch of whimsy and elegance to its surroundings.

The view of the Acropolis is stunning …

The rooftop gastrobar is usually bustling with activity, with a diverse mix of patrons enjoying their drinks and engaging in lively conversations. Laughter, clinking glasses, and upbeat music fill the air, creating a lively and jovial atmosphere. People are often dressed in fashionable attire, adding to the overall sense of style and glamour.

Skilled mixologists are busy behind the counter, skillfully preparing and presenting an impressive array of cocktails and beverages.

Let’s talk about the food, now. Whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian, or have specific food allergies, the restaurant likely has menu items to suit your needs without compromising on taste and quality.

My personal favs are the Tuna Truffle Usuzukuri and the Crispy Tuna Tartare Roll, one of their exquisite Signature Maki.

Let alone the Japanese Trout Salad with beetroot; however you can only find it in the Winter, because it is a seasonal dish. Unforgettable! And I am not typically a beetroot enthusiast, however the way this restaurant cooks and presents it has won me over. It’s a testament to their culinary mastery and their ability to transform ingredients into extraordinary culinary delights.

Japanese Trout Salad

All in all, the restaurant’s consistent delivery of outstanding meals, along with its ability to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, has likely led to the formation of cherished memories. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, meeting friends, or simply enjoying a quiet meal, your favorite Asian fusion restaurant has become a place where you can indulge in delectable food and create lasting experiences.

put these on the yes-pile while in athens

In my opinion, the appropriateness of attire depends on factors like the venue’s formality, cultural norms, personal comfort, and respect for the environment or occasion. Here’s some suggestions if you go to Athens in the summer, as most people do.

When going for a casual stroll, comfort and practicality are usually prioritized. Wearing comfortable shoes, such as sneakers or sandals, and lightweight, weather-appropriate clothing is key.

Below some inspo when to go out in Kolonaki, shopping and all; it was summertime, therefore it was damn hot. I strongly suggest to avoid the hottest hours and to carry a bottle of water with you… always! And in the Winter, my favourite outfit for a walk in the centre or for a quick inspection in some large shopping mall.

A simple Gucci set and Chanel embellished sliders. The LV Multi-pochette is my loyal companion when I do not want to wear a tote. It’s small and yet spacious!

Here below, at the Golden Hall Shopping Mall. A super comfortable pair of booties and a warm Zara Limited Edition wool coat. All enhanced with my Valentino One Stud crystal, simply luv it!

Excursions can range from outdoor activities to sightseeing tours. It’s crucial to consider the specific requirements of the excursion. For outdoor adventures, appropriate attire may include sturdy shoes, breathable and moisture-wicking clothing, and sun protection. If visiting religious or culturally significant sites, modest clothing that covers shoulders, knees, and sometimes the head may be required as a sign of respect.

Here’s some inspiration and my personal idea of outfit that would suit you to the ground to go exploring classic Greece. Never forget a hat, a sanitizer and a bottle of water. I personally do not like (almost despise) the backpacks, I prefer tote or crossbody bags). I rarely used one, maybe a Urban Spirit by Chanel… the only vision I can stand!

Going on excursions

Museum dress codes can vary, but in most cases, there aren’t strict requirements at all. Comfortable footwear is recommended (surprise!), as museum visits often involve a lot of walking.

The attire for a restaurant largely depends on the establishment’s formality. Higher-end restaurants may have dress codes, such as requiring guests to wear formal or semi-formal attire, while casual restaurants often have more relaxed expectations. When in doubt, it’s best to err on the side of slightly dressier attire, such as the iconic LBD (little black dress), especially made of cotton or linen, paired with either flat or heeled sandals. Your choice!

Below two examples for a semi-fine dining restaurant.

A Valentino total Pink PP mise + Balenciaga Hourglass with crystals; and a crepe de Chine Dolce and Gabbana printed dress with a Fendi Mini Baguette.

All considered, my personal point of view is that it’s equally important to strike a balance between appropriateness, personal style, and comfort, when deciding what to wear for a trip. Be yourself, be unique.

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