Kolonaki is rightly considered the most elegant and trendy neighborhood of Athens, with many high end boutiques, distinguished bars and chic restaurants. Athenians from all over the city flock to the cafes to see and be seen, and jetsetters, politicians and artists mingle with the crowd. It is also an old neighborhood with a cosmopolitan history and its own character.
See & Do
The main attractions in Kolonaki area are the renowned Benaki Museum with its outstanding collections, the Museum of Cycladic Art dedicated to the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus focusing on Cycladic Art, and the Byzantine Museum with religious artefacts of the Byzantine and later periods from all over Greece. The National Park on Irodou Attikou street is a cool oasis in summer and visitors always enjoy the change of the guard at the Presidential Mansion right opposite.
Restaurants and cafes abound in Kolonaki and include some of the best in town. Exclusive French cuisine at l’Abreuvoir, Italian taste at Malconis and La Cantina, classic tradition at 17 and Prytaneion, excellent coffee and people watching at Alouf, Alfiere and Da Capo. Milioni pedestrian street is the busiest area with cafes and bars galore.
Nightlife in Kolonaki is busy but not hectic, with just the right balance. The young crowd flock to the newly opened club, Heart, and all time classic Rock n’ Roll. Milioni street, Skoufa and Tsakalof offer a wide range of choices in bars for all tastes, from eclectic Bardot to busy Mommy, cozy Poco a Poco, stylish Cinco, just to mention a few.
Kolonaki does not have many hotels, but the two best are definitely luxury boutique hotel Saint George Lycabettus with a fantastic view and a very good restaurant with french cuisine, Grand Balcon, and contemporary Periscope on Charitos street, with its minimal design and urban style and the fashionable lounge bar for drinks and light meals.
Shopping in Kolonaki is definitely exclusive and high end with very good quality. Museum art at Filotexni Kivotos, baby fashion and everything aromatic at Natura, books and cards at Libro, gourmet chocolates at Stelios Parliaros, freshly roasted nuts and coffee at Carpo and handmade miniature wooden boats at Panygyri are some of the most interesting choices.