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Acropolis is probably the most famous neighborhood in Athens owing to the presence of the magnificent ancient monument, crowned by the Parthenon and more recently the presence of the Acropolis Museum. Quiet and well preserved, the neighborhood welcomes thousands of visitors every year and its features include poise and old world charm.
See & Do
Attractions abound in this neighborhood with the Acropolis itself in the first place. The Acropolis Museum is a must see when visiting Athens and visitors are always pleasantly surprised and awed by the beauty and harmony of the exhibits. Walking on the main pedestrian street, Dionysiou Areopagitou, the ancient theatre of Dionysus is on your right and further on the Herodus Atticus theatre, where every summer concerts are held. The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, with its precious collections is also very interesting to visit.
Restaurants and cafes are to be found in all types, from gourmet Italian trattoria Aglio, Olio and Peperoncino, to regional Greek cuisine Mani-Mani famous for their menu based on local farms produce, to high class Dionyos, with the breathtaking view of the Acropolis, favored location for visiting celebrities and politicians, to celebrated Daphne, another favorite of the jet set.
Acropolis' Best Restaurants
Nightlife is centered on busy pedestrian Makrygianni street, with cafes and bars rubbing shoulders. The tendency is all day locales which operate as bars in the evenings. Regal and Elaia are two of the most popular in this category. For something different try Winepoint on parallel Porinou street with a surprising selection of local wines and Duende on Tziraion street with its eclectic old fashioned atmosphere.
Excellent hotels in the district include Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel, Herodion, Acropolis Hill, Hera, Divani Acropolis Palace, Philippos, Airotel Parthenon, which are popular both for the location and the quality of accommodation. The Metro station, located in a central point makes this area easy to access, close to many main attractions and with sightseeing on foot the best way to get to know the surroundings.
Shopping in the Acropolis neighborhood includes many souvenir shops as would be expected in the main tourist district, but also other interesting features. Shop for beautiful contemporary jewelry and artistic creations at El. Marneri Gallerie, inspired objects with a fresh approach at Artshot, gifts and objects for everyday use at Skoumoky.