A Weekend in Athens

Heading to Athens? Read on for my suggestions on how to spend a weekend in this amazing city.

Looking for somewhere to stay? I’d recommend Aris Athens Suites, reasonably priced and in a great location. Head to Booking.com and you can use my code GEMMAR56 for £15 off your next booking. These apartments have everything you need and ours also came with a balcony. The location is ideal as your are a 5 minutes walk from the Acropolis Museum, Hadrian’s Gate an abundance of nice bars and restaurants.

One of the restaurants I would recommend is Gods Restaurant. The gyros portion was very generous and there was live street music right next to us which added a real Greek vibe to the evening. If you like beer try a Mythos.

No visit to Athens is complete without a visit to the Acropolis. We bought hop on hope off bus tickets which, in my opinion, is one of the best ways to see a city. The tickets cost 15 euros each and were valid for two days and included three different trips!

Our first stop was the Acropolis which offered up the most amazing views of the city.

The Parthenon itself is something that has to be seen. If you’re a student you get free entry to the Acropolis, otherwise it’s 20 euros each.

You can also see The ‘Old Temple’ of Athena and learn about Athens history. There are also brilliant photo opportunities.

The Acropolis really does offer up the best views of the city and we stayed up there for quite a while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Back on the bus and you can head around the main points of the city, hopping off at the Teleferik up to Lycabettus Hill. You can walk up it but we opted for the Teleferik as it was quite a walk up to it in 30 degree heat. The tickets cost 15 euros for two people and that included the return down the hill. Whilst up there you can take in more incredible views of the city and enjoy a beer at one of the little restaurant/bars at the top.

If you spot a Goody’s Burger House whilst in Athens (which you should as there are a lot of them) I’d definitely recommend. It’s like Mcdonald’s but SO much better, trust me.

Next stop on our tour was Monastiraki, where you have a choice of some great rooftop bars. We opted for A for Athens as I’d heard good things and was not disappointed.

Look at that view!

Stroll through Monastiraki and Athens in general and you will find great restaurants, bars, flea markets and dessert shops. The whole vibe of Athens is amazing and I could have spent a lot longer in the city.

Another top tip I was given was to have ice cream at Da Vinci. I went for Beuno and Nutella, just as good as it sounds.

Have you been to Athens? Or are you planning a trip there? Drop your suggestions/questions in the comments.



  1. What a neat trip! I have dreamed of visiting the Acropolis since I saw my first roman aqueduct in Spain. I was fascinated with the fact it was built entirely with gravity and no mortar or reinforcement. The engineering of that time is profound and honestly unbelievable for the how rudimentary some of their tools were. I like how you compared the meal to McDonalds but so much better. You aren’t the first to make such a comparison. When I visited Europe, I discovered how much more delicious McDonalds is than that which is sold in the USA. I don’t know why, but maybe it’s to do with food regulations? In the USA, we are still rather lax about it and it’s more of a money making business en masse than that of quality. You have to pay large sums for quality food which is a tragedy. Anyway, best to you on your travels!

    Jess || https://www.learningfromstrangers.com

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