Athens insider 142 / Summer 2019

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Life’s a Beach

Greek summer all by itself can become a reason for existing and makes up for all the inconveniences experienced, not only in this specific country but also on the whole of this irrational planet: lying under the sun with no other stress and worry than the next plunge may permanently open the gates to another state of mind, even for the st...

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Vouliagmeni’s discreet allure

Vouliagmeni promises island magic, alluring glamour and great dining options but its real charm lies in its off-grid beauty. Wedged between the craggy shoulder of the Hymettus and the inviting turquoise sweep of the Saronic, this coastal suburb just 20 kilometres off the city centre, is all the more precious for what it has managed not to...

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The Cigar Report

Smoking a cigar – while not everyone’s thing – always makes a strong statement. Athens remains a city where cigar lovers can still inhale the pleasures of the moment, whether at regular cafes or at elegant bars over polite conversation. Julie-Anne Amiard takes her pick of Athens’ cigar-friendliest addresses – from new hotels to rooftop ba...

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Athens Refugee Food Festival 2018

Athens Insider, UNHCR and Food Sweet Food organise a week of inspiring culinary encounters as refugee chefs join 6 restaurants in Athens to create meals to remember. Tuesday 19 June Eritrean Cuisine by Seinat Neftalem • Blue Fish, Monastiraki (dinner), Tel. 213.036.4214 Iranian Cuisine by Mahboubeh Tavakoli • Seychelle...

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7 Super Rooftop Bars

We could wax all lyrical about how whiling away a sultry summer’s eve, sipping a fashionably-named cocktail, in one of Athens’ ravishing downtown rooftop bars is a match made in cinematic heaven. Or we could just keep quiet and let these stunning images by Maria-Irene Moschonas do all the talking. Modern Restaurant, Athens Was ...

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Archelaou, Pangrati’s Creative HQ

This narrow strip, just off the bustling Vas. Konstantinou street, until recently, was pock-marked with run-of-the-mill shops. Now a hipster hangout with cool restaurants, boutiques, design stores and cafes, its transformation is all the more striking as it is marked by a palpable sense of solidarity amongst its young entrepreneurs to mak...

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Anatomy of a Frappé

Frappé lifts moods, stimulates conversation, announces your connection to a lifestyle unique to Greece, and connects you to it when you’re away. Now in its sixtieth year, it is nothing less than a modern Greek elixir, authors of Frappe Nation, Vivian Constantinopoulos and Daniel Young, observe. Anyone who has spent a few minut...

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Cafés to get your mojo working

Too soon to go on holiday, too beautiful outside to confine yourself to an office cubicle? This coffee capital is replete with places to get your caffeine fix – from traditional kafeneia to cool coffee shops. Athens Insider rounds up some of our favourite cafés in central Athens with speedy Wi-Fi, relative quiet and delectable coffee to m...

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