Athens insider 140 / Autumn 2018

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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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A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

WHAT: A magical night devoted to Leonard Cohen to be a memorable highlight of the Megaron’s marvelous summer line-up of outdoor performances in their Concert Hall Gardens. The energetic Sugahspank trio will showcase the great poet and musician who, throughout his full life, was both a teacher and a student, and who touched many across the world wit...

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Greece is a Bestseller!

"Books are dreams that you hold in your hands" Neil Gaiman A new page has been turned for Athens as our city assumes its place in the cultural spotlight as “Book Capital of the World”. For one year, the written word will take centre-stage in Athens throughout a richly stimulating calendar of over 250 events hosted by the Ci...

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Cinema under the Stars

Nothing defines the beginning of Greek summer as open-air cinemas do. Every neighbourhood has one – some as old as the history of cinema, perched on a rooftop with a view of the Acropolis; others, more recent entrants, right on the water set to the music of sailboat masts swaying in the summer breeze; still others surrounded by perfumed g...

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