Athens is filled with beauty, charm, and plenty of oh la la!
The neighbourhood of Anafiotika
Anafiotika's the perfect place to wander around and get lost but if you want a bit more direction, Ryan recommends doing a semi-private guided tour (just 20 Euros!) with local photographer Dimitris from Dopios Tours. Dopios' work focuses on bringing travelers and locals together for non-touristy experiences and we've always been extremely happy with their hospitality and knowledge.
KTISTAKIS' loukoumades shop
Loukoumades are often described as Greek donuts and when they're prepared in the Cretan style, they're coated with a sugar syrup (as opposed to the more common honey), and then dusted with cinnamon and sesame seeds. Lightly crispy on the outside, the syrup oozes out when you bit into the hot, fluffy, puffy middle. I'd rather a dozen Cretan Loukoumades than a dozen roses any day of the week!
A few years ago, if someone suggested you could find romance near Omonoia Square, they'd likely (correctly) assume you'd be referring to the kind of romance you pay for by the hour!!! Today, the square is scrubbed up, letting the many traditional bakeries and food producers shine and win their way into hearts. I discovered KTISAKIS thanks to a food walk with Culinary Backstreets Athens, one of the best tours I've ever done.
The top of Aeropagus Hill
But a true romantic never lets a thousands-year-old murder trial stand in the way of enjoying a beautiful panoramic vista and Areopagus Hill is clearly a favourite spot for both tourists and young, enamoured local teenagers. If you're visiting the adjacent Acropolis (which surely you will be), take the extra time to walk up to the top of Areopagus Hill - you won't regret it.
The rooftop bar at A Is For Athens hotel
You don't have to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy this incredible view - just take the lobby elevator to the roof. There's a good wine list and nibbles on offer if you can tear your eyes away from the view. And long nights on the roof aren't just for romantic moments - it's the perfect place to share drinks with your friends or to enjoy a solo treat while writing.
PS: You can read our review of A Is For Athens and several other Athens properties in this blog post.
A sunset dinner on Lycabettus Hill
Sunset visitors are also treated to a moving ceremony each evening when the Greek flag is lowered at dusk and carefully folded away by the attending soldiers. The on sight church is a beautiful spot for a moment of reflection and contemplation after a busy day of travel. And the Lycabettus Hill restaurant, Orizontes, is the absolute icing on the cake after a beautiful, heart warming, romantic day.
Orizontes is the full package. Phenomenal view, beautiful tables, fantastic menu. Cheese and chocolate always rank high on our list and both are done right at Orizontes. Do not pass up on the fried feta wrapped in phyllo pastry as an appetizer! There's also a great selection of local Greek wines to wash everything down. A night like this on Lycabettus Hill definitely falls into the splurge category for our travel budget but it's well worth it - you won't find a more stunning or romantic setting anywhere in the city.
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