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The neighborhood of Psyrri is arty and bohemian, with old and new points of interest side by side. Old fashioned artisans workshops, hidden alleys, counter culture and alternative spaces, street art, popular bars and traditional restaurants, coexist in harmony, creating a fascinating atmosphere full of surprises. The young crowd love it and keep the nightlife busy.
See & Do
The main attraction in Psyrri is the Kerameikos ancient cemetery, which includes part of the Themistoclean Wall and the Sacred Gate. The Museum of Islamic Art and the Pottery Museum on Melidoni street are very interesting to visit. The Armenian church and the Synagogue are also located in this district.
Restaurants in Psyrri are mainly traditional, with tasty Greek mezedes and homemade specialties. Oinopoleion is a very good choice in this category with wine directly from the owners farm. The only kosher restaurant in Athens, Gostijo, is located in Psyrri, offering a journey through the Mediterranean flavors of the Sefardi Jews. Krasopoulio tou Kokkora on Aisopou street is recommended for its excellent cuisine and Serbetia on Aisxylou street is famous for the outstanding desserts.
Nightlife is vibrant and bohemian, with small, friendly bars and hip entertainment. Tranzistor is a happy place with colorful decoration and reasonable prices. Cantina Social with its renowned Russian beers attracts the counter culture crowd, hipsters, bands, who enjoy Christos homemade cocktails. Psira on Miaouli street, one of the first bars to open in this district, is the favorite hangout for students and the arty set and the specialty is rakomelo, a drink made with raki and honey.
Hotels are not the main point of Psyrri, but there are two very good ones in this area. A for Athens with its urban terrace, located on the top floor, offers a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and is the ideal spot for breakfast or cocktails in the evening. Ochre and Brown Boutique Hotel has a cozy atmosphere, minimal decor and a personal, friendly approach to guests. Arion hotel is conveniently close to the center, with reasonable prices.
Shopping is an exciting experience in Psyrri. High end shops like Tonics Essentials with an enchanting collection of perfumes and toiletries, Hidden Showroom with trendy fashion by talented young designers, Sabater Hermanos with handmade perfumed soaps, Karras with designer leather bags and accessories, The Roots with artistic lighting are some of the best. Artisans workshops selling sandals, suitcases, lampshades, old vinyls and second hand books, create a picturesque choice.