In the end of July my mom, Julia and I flew to Athens for 5 days to celebrate Julia’s 19th birthday. In the past we have been to Athens a couple of times already and we just really love the vibe of the city. Continue reading to find out where we stayed, what we did, how we got around and which vegan restaurant tips I have for you.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Hilton Hotel for the 4 nights we were in the city. It was a convenient starting point to explore Athens. They have a very nice pool, where we spent some relaxing tan time in between sightseeing. One evening we also got to enjoy sunset drinks at their Galaxy Bar, which has a beautiful view over Athens and the Acropolis. Even if you are not staying at the Hilton, I can very much recommend their bar for some sundowners.
What we did in Athens
Visiting the Acropolis is a must when you are in Athens. Yes, it is very touristy, but it is such a treasured part of the Greek history, that you just have to pay it a visit. If you go to uni, make sure to bring your student pass for a discount, since the entry tickets are pretty expensive.
Go Shopping at the Plaka
The Plaka is Athens main shopping street. They have lots of shops: Zara, Sephora, H&M- you name it. I love buying products at Korres, which is a Greek natural beauty company, since their products are amazing and a lot cheaper in Greece.
We actually didn’t do a boat tour this time around, however last time my mom and Julia were in Athens they booked a boat trip around the small islands close to Athens (Hydra, Poros etc.) and they absolutely loved it! If you are curious, just type in “Athens One day Boat Tour” into Google to check out the prices and companies that offer the tour.
Visit the beaches along Athen’s Coast
From Athens it only takes around 30 minutes to get to the beaches. I recommend taking an Uber, since that is a lot cheaper than a taxi. We went to the beach in Glyfada and which was actually very crowded, but still nice.
Where we ate in Athens
I got lots of tips from people on Instagram (thank you so much guys!) and Avocado was a reoccurring recommendation, so we had to try it and we were not disappointed. They have vegan & vegetarian food ranging from salads, to pasta, burgers and Asian dishes. The portions are pretty big and the staff is beyond friendly! Thumbs up from me.
Whilst searching for a vegan friendly rooftop restaurant I stumbled upon an article on The Vegan Jetsetters’ Blog (here), which recommended Sissifos. It is a traditional greek restaurant with a beautiful ambience. You are very close to the Acropolis and the view when the sun sets is magical. Food wise they have a typical greek menu, which includes some dishes that are accidently Vegan (e.g. baked giant beans) and some veganizable options (e.g. greek salad without feta). The area is super hip, so it if you want to get a taste of the real Athens I recommend you check this place out.
Yi Vegan Restaurant Glyfada
Whilst we visited Athen’s coast we found this gem of a vegan and mostly raw restaurant in Glyfada. They have amazing my salads (my favourite was the Caesar Salad), large juices/smoothies and delicious raw deserts (the banana split was amazing!). Since it was Julia’s 19th birthday whilst we were in Athens, my mom and I also got her some vegan cake from that place as a surprise on her birthday morning!
How we got around Athens
The last times we visited Athens we always got around by metro, which is very easy and cheap in the city. However, this time we found out that they also have Uber and since we were 3 people, splitting the fare made it even cheaper than taking the metro.
Have you guys ever been to Athens? If yes, do you have any tips for me for my next visit?
I really like the city and in my opinion it is the ideal weekend getaway destination, because there is nothing that beats the Mediterranean vibe in summer.