Greek tavernas come of age

Where are the best bars in Athens? Well, in Kolonaki, the Greek tavernas have come of age and the hipsters and young people are changing the culture.

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has travelled the world full time since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.

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Trendy bars in Athens, Greece

In the heart of Athens, heritage and history are making way for the modern. Tradition is morphing into a new cosmopolitan era, championed by the young of the ancient city.

The Greek tavernas are coming of age.

The nightspots of Athens have never really been considered ‘trendy’ before but all that is changing. There’s a hipster culture that seems to be taking over the bars and cafes.

It’s not hard, looking for somewhere to stop for a drink, to find somewhere that is merging the traditional taverna with the fashions of the new generation.

cool, trendy, popular bars and restaurants in Athens, Greece

Have a look at these photos from some of the bars I visited in the suburb of Kolonaki. Tell me they wouldn’t look out of place in the bohemian suburbs of New York, London or Berlin. (And, yes, that room really is that pink!)

cool, trendy, popular bars and restaurants in Athens, Greece
cool, trendy, popular bars and restaurants in Athens, Greece
cool, trendy, popular bars and restaurants in Athens, Greece
cool, trendy, popular bars and restaurants in Athens, Greece
cool, trendy, popular bars and restaurants in Athens, Greece
cool, trendy, popular bars and restaurants in Athens, Greece

The ruins may bring the tourists to Athens in the first place but it’s this emerging culture which will help the city define itself in the Europe of the 21st century.

It will also give the young locals something to be proud of in a time when there’s so much economic and political insecurity to be worried about.

THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN ATHENS

There’s a good range of accommodation in Athens and I would recommend finding something near Syntagma Square for convenience.

BACKPACKER

For a backpacker option, I would recommend the modern and comfortable Bedbox Hostel.

BUDGET

If you’re looking for value, I would suggest the Athens Mirabello, which also has a great location.

BOUTIQUE

There are some cool design hotels in the city and one of the nicest is The Artist Athens.

LUXURY

And for 5-star luxury, I would suggest the modern Electra Metropolis with a great view of the Acropolis.

18 thoughts on “Greek tavernas come of age”

  1. Looks like you’re sure living it up in Greece! One of my very favorite things about visiting was the nightlife – although it was many years ago so I didn’t get to visit any of these bars. Enjoy them for me 🙂

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    • The nightlife on the islands is one thing… that’s all big and brash and aimed at party tourists. But these bars in Athens were different. They seemed local and organic and really added the the character of the place, not destroyed it.

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    • I have to apologise, Tedi. It has been quite a few years since I was there and I suspect things have changed a lot. I probably can’t give you a good suggestion right now. I will do an update for this post sometime soon!

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