Welcome to Athens! The obvious advise for any visitor coming to Athens in August would be "Go to the beach." But we like to be a little different here in Postcards from Greece so keep reading to find out what you can see, taste and experience in Athens! Wear sunblock and stay hydrated.
-14 Ice Cream
The queen of summer delicacies is undeniably ice cream. The -14 ice cream house offers exactly what the brand insinuates an even more. A family business that counts over 14 years of history they chose to create artisanal ice cream that reminds us of the quality of old times. Using milk from selected farms and fresh fruit they offer a huge variety of flavors served on top of kantaifi and halva. We have fallen in love with figue sorbet, sesame sorbet, and praline.
Their shop is located in the heart of Athens, at Athinaidos 3 near Monastiraki square.
All info here.
Full Moon Festivities 26/8
The August full moon is a unique experience. In Athens, we celebrate this beauty with several events around open spaces and archeological sites. Also, many museums around the city open their doors to the public free of charge with extended trading hours until midnight. The Acropolis Museum, the Numismatic Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum stay open until midnight with free entry & musical performances. If you are in the mood for a nightly excursion, don't miss the festivities at the archaeological site of Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon where visitors will be welcome until midnight. You can reach the temple by bus or by Taxi.
Fresh Fish at Atlantikos Tavern
One of the most original experiences in Greece is the fish tavern . In Athens, you can get the true feeling of an island tavern in "Atlantikos". Located in the heart of Psirri neighbourhood, the tiny shop serves some of the freshest fish in Athens. The menu only has 5-10 dishes and you can find fish plates, salads, and traditional delicacies. The highlights are the tuna souvlaki and the raki that comes straight from Crete. The essence of the summer light eating and a dolce far niente mentality.
You can find them at Avliton 7, Psiri, Athens, 10563
Countless Aspects of Beauty Exhibition
This unique exhibition will be set in the National Archeological Museum of Athens until May of 2019. It's part of the trilogy of exhibitions that were put together to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the museum. More than 300 artifacts, digital media, and other displays explore human kind’s eternal quest for beauty and the need to surround ourselves with beautiful objects, from jewelry, perfume, ceramics and other everyday pieces. The exhibition also presents a timeline of aesthetic trends, evolving from neolithic times to late antiquity.
More info here.
Jazz Concert at the Numismatic Museum 9/8
Every Thursday in August the Numismatic Museum Cafe will host different music concerts. On the night of the 9th of August at 21:00 Mrs Eva Sakellari and her band will travel us with jazz, funk, soul and blues melodies in the hidden garden of the museum. Reprises of songs from Etta James, Joss Stones as well as original compositions will make this night magical. The Numismatic Museum is located right next to Syntagma square.
More info here.
Open Air Cinema "Singing in the Rain" 31/8
An epic satire on the Hollywood mechanisms and an ode to the dance art by Gene Kelly. None other than the 1952 classic musical "Singing in the rain" will be projected in the open air cinema of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. A bittersweet comedy with some of the best dance routines in the history of cinema. The projection starts at 21:00 but be there early. Also, note that there are no seats and you will need something to put on the ground for you to sit on.
Entrance is free.
More info here.
3D experiential movie "The History of Athens"
A unique 3D interactive show that will guide you through the 5000-year history of the city of Athens. The Greek Film Archive Foundation is hosting this educational and entertaining, experiential and interactive show created by the NGO Fotogramma. Through 3D glasses, young and older will join this exciting journey of fun and knowledge. A look deep into the western civilization and history. Unfortunately, the projections are only available for groups of 20 people or more.
Every Tuesday and Sunday at 17:30.
The Greek Film Archive Foundation is located in Keleou 5, Athina 104 35.
Ticket prices: €12 per person.
For details and reservations, follow this link.
He hope that you enjoy your time in Athens and that our little agenda guided you through a unique experience!
Postcards from Greece Team