The Big Beard might finally be on its way out as the compulsory millennial youth prop. But its potency as a cultural and religious marker will always endure, say anarchic British design duo Gilbert & George. The prodigious pair have cemented this all-pervasive hirsute legacy in their latest primal exhibition The Beard Pictures, to mar...
Want to grab a coffee? Get your caffeine fix with art, sculptures and music for company at these four great museum cafes. Photos by Marie-Irène Moschona
With a cafe on the ground floo...
An essential element of the streetscape of every Greek city and town, the corner kiosk’s or periptero’s unique contribution to the rhythm and character of Greek daily life cannot be undermined.
Open until the wee hours of the night, the periptero is where one stocks up on cigarettes and newspapers (strung out like laundry and ...
Insider’s linguistics whiz and cultural commentator John Carr provides our readers with a fool-proof guide to avoiding verbal offence here in the Great Olive Belt.
Visitors and newcomers to Greece are often under the impression that the Greeks, being a voluble, open and highly expressive people, have little use for the kind of...
Ancient customs that claim to elevate your Γούρι (Gouri) – your luck - are still widely practised, especially around New Year. Here are the most popular ways to usher in good luck and fortune for the year ahead.
Plus, Insider shares a few trusty Greek tips to staying lucky – and warding off misfortune - all year long.
From rebel teen to globally-hailed artist, Stella Sevastopoulos catches up with the acclaimed sculptor Costas Varotsos, best known for his Athenian landmark ‘The Runner’, and encounters living proof that art conquers all.
Costas Varotsos has proven that where there’s a will there’s a way. From expelled rebel teenager, to a suc...
Insider’s books expert Anna Roins delivers her verdict on Victoria Hislop’s latest paean to Greece, Cartes Postale from Greece.
Costas, from Dodoni, works on his plot of land, his ‘kipo’, from morning to night to avoid his malodorous wife. One day, he discovers a piece of shimmering white marble under the hardened soil. ‘By mi...
A trip to the museum just became a much easier sell for families with young children in Athens. The Benaki has opened an exciting new public exhibit “Childhood, Toys, and Games”, housed in an impressive neo-Gothic tower in seaside Faliro.
Today’s gadget-obsessed children will receive an illuminating glimpse into a lost world o...
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...
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...
Truth may be stranger than fiction … but few genres are as deliciously strange as Science Fiction.
A new exhibition: "Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown", which explores science fiction's long-standing influence on the full range of contemporary culture, has landed in Athens at the Onassis Cultural Centre.
Greece has been a powerful muse for countless foreign scribes throughout the ages. Insider’s Leo Nuovo rounds up 5 must-read gripping thrillers set in Greece to add to your reading list.
The Destroyers – Christopher Bollen
A suspenseful psychological thriller, with the feel of a modern-day The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Destroyer...