Athens Insider Summer 2022

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18 Sure Signs You’ve Become a Local

Whether you've been here for 6 months or 6 years, Greece - and all her crazy, glorious habits - just has a way of getting under your skin. How much of a local have you become? You’ve started saying “open” the light, instead of “turn on” the light; You clap when your aeroplane lands; You’ve invested in your own laiki tr...

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Sin for Your Supper

For brothers Vangelis and Vassilis Sotiropoulos, the roadblocks in seeing their dream project through – a gourmet gastro-pub housed in a beautiful neo-classical building – were many. But they persevered, through capital controls, (the restaurant opened in August 2015) navigating through mountains of paperwork to get all the requisite lice...

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Celebrities Loving on Greece

From Russell Crowe to J-Lo, it seems like everyone’s batting for Team Greece these days. In celebration of Oxi Day, Insider rounds up a collection of uplifting pro-Greece sentiments from some of the world’s most famous and high-profile peeps. Leonardo Di Caprio “Greece left me breathless. Greece is for sure one of the most beau...

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Where to Eat in Koukaki

Eleni Zoe marks out the new infusion of fashionable foodie haunts and drinking dens that are cropping up in rapidly-evolving Koukaki. The charming area of Koukaki, sprawled at the feet of the Acropolis, has had many identities over the last century. But none are as cool as its current status as one of the most interesting neig...

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Stitch Perfect

The head-turning knitwear creations of Nassos Ntotsikas are rapidly earning the attention of an elite, fashion-forward clientele. While widely admired for his pioneering fashion shows, Nassos also stays true to his Chios roots, discovers Insider’s fashion editor Michail-Alexander Passos. Your catwalks are renowned. Do you have a...

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How to Brunch like an Athenian

Athens is waking up to the best meal of the day, writes Amanda Dardanis There was a time– not so long ago - when the Athenian breakfast of champions was a frappe, cigarette and koulouri. But brunch is the perfect fit for the late-to-bed; late-to-rise Mediterranean lifestyle, and we’re now spoiled for choice when it comes to th...

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Back to the future: Vintage Shops

Moriah Meeks lounges on antique chairs, dials on rotary phones, flaunts floral skirts and sports Warhol-inspired jewellery as she scours her fave retro-haunts in the city Walking down Ermou Street is a shopaholic’s fantasia. From global giants like H&M and Zara, down to smaller Greek chains like Achilleas Accessories and F...

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Spotlight on Spetses

Swedish entrepreneur and photographer Lisa Furuland Kotsianis shares her favourite summer snapshots of elegant Spetses, the Argo-Saronic treasure that’s often called  “The Monaco of Greece”. When did your romance with the island of Spetses begin? We met a mere five years ago. But it was love at first sight. [caption id="atta...

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A Sense of Fun at Athens Was

Chef Thodoris Papanikolaou brings a radical and playful culinary philosophy with a side order of glorious Acropolis views to Sense, AthensWas’ magnificent new rooftop restaurant. Sense Fine Dining Restaurant is a testament to Chef Papanikolaou’s remarkable fusion of culinary skills: a playful audacity rooted in Greek gastronom...

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