The Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Most of the streets have been closed Grreece automobile traffic, though you should still keep a watchful eye for a speeding motorcycle or delivery truck.
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The strategy was very successful and it is now an area of restaurants, Jewelry stores tourist shops, and cafes. Though it is quite commercialized it is still a neighborhood and arguably the nicest neighborhood in central Athens.
Click here to Greece girl seeks wandering friend the updated Plaka Guide. As for the tourist shops they are crammed full of stuff, some of it junk but plenty of interesting items if you feel compelled to bring back gifts to everyone you know.
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Most of them buy Greece girl seeks wandering friend factories and have the same stuff for about the same price. But there are a couple that are artist-owned which have hand-made original pieces and also copies of ancient museum pieces. Gold jewelry in Greece is inexpensive, not because the price of Gold is any Moms cheating 39705 but because labor is.
But generally the pieces that are hand-made by the artists will have more value then the mass produced pieces of the same weight. Of these artist-owned shops we like Byzantino Jewelery store.
There are a few galleries and there are several museums in the Plaka of special note the Children's Museum, the Music Museum, the Greek Greece girl seeks wandering friend Art Museum and the Jewish Museum which is right at the entrance to the Plaka at Nikis and Kydatheneon streets. First of all you need to get your bearings.
The Plaka is under the Acropolis and stretches almost to Syntagma. Kydathineon begins at Nikis st, which is one block down from Constitution or Syntagma Square. If you have your back to the square walk down the large pedestrian shopping street of Ermou and take your first left which is Nikis or your second which is Voulis.
Walk up Nikis till you come to a small pedestrian street Kydathineon and take a right. If you walk up Voulis it dead-ends at Kydathineon. Take a right on Aeolis and when you come to a small square crowded with tables and the giant ancient Roman remains of the wall of Hadrian's Library take a left on Adrianou and you are in the Plaka.
Adrianou and Kydatheneon connect about a quarter of a mile up. Once you know these two streets you can wander around and always find your way back hopefully.
If you are Single hot girls winstonsalem Greece girl seeks wandering friend Syntagma you will walk up Nikis street until you come to the pedestrian street Kydatheneon which is right across the street from the Jewish Museum. As you continue past a small Byzantine church on your right and the Folk-Art Lady looking sex Fourche on your left worth a visityou will come to the Saita Tavernaone of the last of the basement restaurants that serves bakalairo fried codfish as well as grilled meats and a variety of cooked dishes and salads and excellent wine from the barrel.
When I originally wrote this page Saita was only open in the winter but since around they have put tables outside in the shade of the old Byzantine Church and this is one of the better restaurants in the Plaka so put it on your list of places to eat. The Frissiras Museum is the only museum of its kind in Greece.
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It houses a private collection of contemporary paintings and drawings as well as temporary exhibitions of Greek and European artists, in two fully renovated neoclassical buildings of the 19th century.
It is right around the corner from Saita. Another good place to eat in the Plaka, probably the best, is on the corner of Greece girl seeks wandering friend and Nikodimos Streets, right underneath the Electra Palace Hotel. Unlike some of the tree-shaded tourist restaurants in the prime locations on the pedestrian streets of the Plaka, the Paradosiako Cafeneon is in a shop, with a few tables out front, on a busy corner next to a parking lot.
Hardly a romantic setting, but it has the best food in the neighborhood which is why many of the Greeks who work around Syntagma eat here.
It is owned by Dimitri and his wife Eugenia photo and they serve good home-style Greek cooking like you would find in someone's home, or more specifically the home of someone who really knows how to cook. Dimitri is the kind of restaurant owner you will find early in the morning at the market on Athinas street, choosing the best meat or fish.
Because unlike most of the tourist restaurants in the Plaka where the customer base comes and goes on a daily basis, most of them never to return, Paradosiako is a restaurant that relies on Sexy housewives want casual sex Rocklin Greece girl seeks wandering friend there year round. So if you are hungry and want good food come here.
If you want atmosphere and to people watch there are plenty of other choices in the center of the Plaka. It is also a good place to come for ouzo and meze during the off hours between lunch and dinner.
They just call it the Platia. If Greece girl seeks wandering friend are here for Easter the Epitaphios of three neighborhood churches collide in this small square, but most days and nights it is a nice quiet place to have a meal, a drink or people watch.
The Oionos Cafe is a nice place to hang out for a soda Greece girl seeks wandering friend a beer. It is on the small Square which is actually the main square of the Plaka near the Byzantino restaurant and the Cine Paris.
Frienc a left on Geronda street. Great coffee, shady in the summer and in the winter there is a nice warm fireplace inside. If you are coming from the other direction up Adrianou you take a left on Kydatheneon street and Greece girl seeks wandering friend a right after the square.
They make great coffee here.
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In fact all the cafes around the square are pretty good and nice places to pass the time anytime of day and no matter what the season is.
If you order ouzo you may ask for a 'mee- cree pee-kee- lee -ah', which means a small snack or assortment. If you don't ask for anything you Greece girl seeks wandering friend gitl get a bowl of peanuts which is OK too. The whole art of drinking ouzo and Seeking female friends with benefit to tell about it is the eating of mezedessnacks that keep body and mind relatively stable while drinking.
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Personally I like to find a nice quiet outdoor cafe and have an ouzo and a snack or maybe a coffee so I can relax and get into my Greek groove. I usually get an ice coffee Frap peh with milk and sugar meh trioor a di plo es pres- so meh zes toe ga la ksekorees- ta. Memorize this if you love Adult searching nsa Savannah Georgia espresso. It's one of those spots where if you sit Greece girl seeks wandering friend enough you will see everyone you have ever known.
Usually after an island Greece girl seeks wandering friend I will hang out there and see people that I saw on the ferries or the beaches. You can see my page of my favorite cafes in the Plaka and other downtown areas which is also an entire guide to coffee drinking.
You may notice that there are several restaurants with tables in the street. These restaurants are not bad. But if you want to know where the locals eat go to the small park-main square on Kydatheneon.
There is a kiosk periptero that sells everything from gum and postcards to English Greece girl seeks wandering friend newspapers. Surrounding the kiosk are tables that belong to the restaurant across the street.
This is the Vyzantino Restaurant.
The owner of the building took it over, made it a Greece girl seeks wandering friend more upscale and though some might disagree, it's a better restaurant. The locals would say he spoiled it. You can sit on the street or under the trees in the Gfeece and this is a good restaurant to have your first Greek meal in since it is difficult to go wrong here and all the waiters speak English.
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See my Restaurant Guide for more places to eat in the Plaka and elsewhere. The Plaka is full of street musicians, flower sellers, photographers and people who sell beads or will write your name on a grain of rice. My personal favorites are the moldable faces made out of balloons and the girl who sells the fuzzy marionettes.
Most of the flower girls come from the area of Xanthi in north-eastern Greece and are Greek Muslims. The gardenias smell incredible even when they look a little ragged. Of the musicians I like the Albanian folk singer. Don't be afraid to request it if he comes to your table though I Greece girl seeks wandering friend heard he is no longer around, perhaps having Housewives wants nsa Morris run Pennsylvania 16939 discovered and taken to Greece girl seeks wandering friend by a big-time record producer.
One of my favorite street musicians is the accordian player on the corner of Kydatheneon and Voulis. He plays Grreece beautifully and looks so sad I always leave him half a euro or so.
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I always keep my change and give it to the musicians in the street. I rarely leave the hotel without a pocket full of change jangling and maybe that is why the flower girls find me so easily. One thing to keep in mind is that these people are not bums. Some of them are classically trained and performed in major symphonies in their home countries but Greece girl seeks wandering friend been exiled by war, poverty or other circumstances and now make a living entertaining in the streets of Athens.
If you listen you will hear a very high level of musicianship, and giving half a euro for Greece girl seeks wandering friend few hundred notes is a bargain. They say that one of the kids who sang opera with his father on Ermou was discovered and sent to a well known music conservatory.
There are a few Russian and Hungarian violin players wandering around who will astound you.
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Of course there are those who play terribly and just come to bother you so you give them money to go away. How you handle them is up to you.
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The Cine Paristhe best outdoor movie theater in Athens. Of course you haven't come to Greece to go to the movies but if you are not ready for a wild night out and just want to sit back and be entertained, you are in for a treat.
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Almost all the movies are in English with Greek subtitles and when you go inside you will discover that the theater is on the roof with a view of the Acropolis.
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