Your 4th Day in Athens
INDUSTRIAL AND ARTSY ATHENS. A modern take on Athens would not be complete without a visit to the districts of Psiri, Gazi and Kerameikos. During the day, Psiri is reminiscent of Athens circa 1950 with small shopkeepers tending to their stores filled with every item you can imagine from lamps, fabrics, coffee kettles, door knobs, electrical supplies and the like. Yet, more and more designers are opening design-related shops and galleries, with wonderful accessories, home furnishings and art. Theatres are also testament to the area's artsy coming of age. At night a nightlife oasis emerges with colorful bars, dance clubs and restaurants clustered around the squares Iroon, Agion Anargiron and Agion Asomaton.
Just next to Psiri is Gazi, the year-round dining and nightlife destination of choice thanks also to the Kerameikos metro station and obvious Technopolis. Just off Pireos street, this cultural multi-complex housed in the city's former gas factory, with its highly visible industrial towers, is a symbol of the transformation of this area. The National School of Dramatic Arts, The Gallery of the Municipality of Athens, and the School of Fine Arts are here as is the Benaki Museum Pireos Annex and Foundation of the Hellenic World. Opposite Gazi is Kerameikos, the site of the ancient burial grounds, and home also now to many trendy restaurants.
DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT: Trying a koulouri (wreath shaped soft sesame bread stick); taking a moment to gaze at the illuminated Parthenon; trying a product and/or liquor with mastic; taking the tram to the Attica coastline; visiting the Foundation of the Hellenic World.