Athens: Top 30 things to see and do



The Hellenic Odyssey has created an Athens top 30 things to see and do list and with so much to discover in the Greek Capital, activities will really depend on your interests.

Here is a great Athens Travel Guide for anyone planning a visit! 

Top 30 things to see and do in Athens

  1. Visit the Monastiraki area, walk along Ermou Street (main shopping district) & buy a Koulouri (crunchy sesame seed covered bread ring) from a street vendor
  2. Visit the Parthenon, a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis with an Acropolis guided tour
  3. Venture up to Lycabettus Hill
  4. Visit the suburb Kolonaki for a drink & have dessert at the famous Greek Greek pastry chef’s store, Sweet Alchemy by Stelios Parliaros
  5. Must see – Athens Acropolis Museum
  6. Walk around the area of Thissio or take a guided walking tour with a local
  7. Visit Panathinaiko Marble Stadium, or you can choose to take the Athens hop on hop off bus around the city instead
  8. Stroll through Athens central municipal market & go to Diporto for lunch
  9. Stroll around the National Gardens right through to where the Zappeion is located
  10. Walk to Hadrian’s Arch which used to be one of the entrances to the city
  11. Stroll down Metropolis Street to see some beautiful churches
  12. Walk along Panepistimiou street, the architecture is stunning here
  13. Walk the Anafiotika area on the downside of Acropolis Hill
  14. Take part in an Athens cooking class and market visit
  15. Taste yoghurt & cheese at Stani dairy shop which has been operating since 1931


And the next lot

  1. Sample Greek pies at Ariston, an institution of Greece
  2. Have dinner in the town of Psirri, followed by dessert at Bougatsadiko Psirri and see the masters open phyllo by hand and then taste the incredible bougatsa (custard filled fillo pie)
  3. Try the Lahmatzoun at Feyrouz (street food)
  4. Eat Souvlaki at Thanassi’s or Kosta’s, both institutions of Athens
  5. Relax with a coffee at Yiasemi, a beautiful cafe set along the steps in Plaka
  6. Eat Loukamades (Greek Doughnuts) with all sorts of amazing toppings such as Kinder Bueno or Nutella at the Lukamades store or take a Athens food tour
  7. Enjoy Greek dancing or drinks in Plaka at Brettos Bar
  8. More drinks at A for Athens or 360 Rooftop Bar
  9. Bar hopping visits at Drunk Sinatra & The Clumsies
  10. Experience the nightlife in Keramikos
  11. Take a day trip to Piraeus, Mikrolimano area
  12. Ride the tram to Glyfada, stop at Flisvos Marina, walk along the boardwalk & hop back on the tram or bus when you are ready
  13. Spend a whole day in Vouliagmeni, swim at the lake, (healing springs) & nearby beach
  14. Visit Marathonas Dam, archeological site, museum & monument of the Battle of Marathon
  15. Take a day trip to Delphi, Mycanae, Epidavros & Nafplio and or Cape Sounio to visit the Temple of Poseidon

You can also choose from a variety of guided walking tours in Athens, view Athens Tours.

The Hellenic Odyssey offers group travel tours to the Greek Islands, more information can be found here