view from Magna Grecia roof garden
The Magna Grecia hotel–located just around the corner from the cathedral of Athens, picturesque Plaka, and the some of the most historical sites in Greece–is an ideal choice for a romantic getaway or even a honeymoon. Small and intimate, the hotel's eleven rooms are decorated in warm colors, and most have a view of the Acropolis.
In this boutique hotel (which has been awarded with the World Luxury Hotel Award as a luxury romantic hotel) guests feel pampered but unencumbered by the simple luxuries offered. Magna Grecia is situated in a renovated classical building, and the authentic paintings help to cultivate a sense of polished antiquity. The Acropolis View restaurant, located on the roof garden, offers (predictably) a spectacular view of its namesake, along with Mediterranean specialties.
The Acropolis Museum is at walking distance, and a stroll down the cobbled streets of Plaka is full of pleasant surprises. It’s all uphill to the Anafiotika district built on the slope under the Acropolis, but the view is definitely worth it. You can cool off at one of the many small cafes perched on the steps. Souvenir, jewelry and gift shops line Adrianou street, and there's a surprising fashion boutique at number 67 called the Seamstress.
Enjoy romantic dining at nearby Kuzina, in Thission, or satisfy a chocolate craving at Sokolata 56, a tiny cafe located on Ermou 56. Shop for fairies at EA, Agias Irinis 9, or colorful Indian textiles at Jamevar, Perikleous 46. If you're in the mood for vegetarian feast that would satisfy even a diehard omnivore, Avocado is the ultimate culinary experience in it’s category. For traditional Greek "comfort" food, Melilotos is a top choice. Agias Irinis square is ideal for a coffee or quick drink at Tailor Made, and for health food addicts, Pure Bliss is just one street away.
Shop for traditional artifacts at the Centre of Greek Tradition just down the road, and discover small bits of memorabilia at Paleo Opalio. If you feel like some lively nightlife, the music club Six Dogs is very close. The Flea Market in Monastiraki and the antique shops in Psyrri are full of fascinating objects waiting for a new home. If you are fascinated by elaborate Islamic art, visit the Benaki Museum in Keramikos. Finally, after all that walking you might need to relax those muscles: book at Hammam for a traditional Turkish steam bath and massage.