The Easter holidays are almost over so I thought I would look back on the fantastic way mine started: a trip to Athens. I visited Greece with my friend Sarah (go check out her blog & youtube channel!!). We were there for a good 72 hours and this is what we did to make the trip worthwhile:
If there was one dish that had to describe the trip for me, it would be Souvlaki. Greek food was never my favourite but Souvlaki totally changed the game! For those who have been living under a rock and have no clue what it is: Souvlaki, plural souvlakia, is a popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat on a skewer.
I had my first one at a local restaurant called PS restaurant (one of those where you only see old people who don’t speak English) and their souvlaki was divine. The cherry on top was the free dessert they offered us called mosaic, which consisted of chocolate and biscuits.
The next day we went to the souvlaki bar in the centre and had souvlaki pita. Not only was it delicious but it was also very cheap (like almost everything we ate). We had an entire meal for almost less than 5€.
For a truly authentic but still instagramable experience I would recommend going to Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani. The name is longer than my entire existence but don’t be fooled, it is a fantastic restaurant. It looks like you’re walking into some type of market when you enter the restaurant. I tried one of their souvlakis (kind of obsessed) and like in the other restaurant we got free dessert, which was a plate of Greek yoghurt. Definitely worth a visit!
For breakfast we went to two places: the first one was Meliartos, a restaurant in the main shoppingstreet. The food was really good and it looked very instagramable. The only downside was that it was slightly more expensive. The second place is The Underdog, where we ate the most delicious pancakes ever! Again, this one is on the slightly pricier side but definitely worth paying a visit.
The typical touristy thing to do in Athens is visiting the Acropolis, which was what we intended to do. When we were almost there, we saw that you couldn’t visit the monument unless you paid 20€. As we weren’t exactly willing to pay that kind of money to see a building, we moved on but we found something even better…
The sight you must see is the Areopagus Hill. You have the most breathtaking view over the entire city there and you get a little closer to seeing the Acropolis. We sat there for almost an hour just taking in the view and enjoying what the city has to offer.
Another pretty sight is the odeon of herodes atticus, a stone theatre that was built in 161 AD. The building is stunning and realizing that it was built that long ago makes it even more special. It’s also the perfect picture location because it’s not filled with tourists like the Acropolis.
Of course no trip is complete without shopping. We found the best places to shop in the centre of Athens. The first one being Ermou street, the main shopping street. You have all the big chain stores over there like H&M, Zara and a forever21, which opened recently. Even though you probably have the same shops where you live, they are still worth checking out. The H&M building was stunning and might as well be one of the sights. If you’re into makeup you can splurge at Sephora.
The second shopping destination is the flea market. This reminded me so much of the Souks in Morocco because you can find lots of tiny shops there. If you’re on the hunt for souvenirs, this is the place to be.
Want to see everything I got up to from up close? Go check out my vlog on my youtube channel and make sure to subscribe while you’re there!