Try off-season #Athens for a weekend break in winter!
… a small butcher and #delicatessen that also serves as a #restaurant from 12:00 to 23:00. Housed in a neoclassical building with high ceilings, the restaurant’s bare wooden tables are arranged around a counter displaying #cheeses, #meats, and condiments.
Winter shows Athens at its best
This beautiful and historic city is welcoming and fascinating year round, but winter shows it at its best. Athens museums spotlight their treasures, the city’s iconic sites are free of summer’s crowds – and Athens restaurants, a haven of warmth and hospitality, are bustling with appreciative diners.
Sharing a meal with friends holds a special place in Greek culture; dinner starts late and proceeds at a leisurely pace. Laughter and conversation are as important as the food so restaurants have an informal vibe. Take your time and enjoy the experience.
Here are four addresses to enjoy:
Karamanlidika, in the Omonia district, only 5-10 min away from Monastiraki station. It is a small butcher and delicatessen that also serves as a restaurant from 12:00 to 23:00. Housed in a neoclassical building with high ceilings, the restaurant’s bare wooden tables are arranged around a counter displaying cheeses, meats, and condiments. Garlands of smoked meat hang from the ceiling. The staff will lead you through the menu choices.. or choose for you if you prefer. Try the house Ouzo in any case.
Karamanlidika is at 1 Sokratous & 52 Evripidou St., Central #Athens
tel. +30 210 325 4184
Website (in Greek) karamanlidika.gr
Take advantage of the seasonal lull to visit the famous Benaki Museum. It has several ‘satellite’ buildings but the main museum is in the Benaki family’s former home, a mansion in downtown Athens. Among much else, the three floors of this beautifully preserved neoclassical building house Greek works of art from prehistory to the present. Exhibits reflect a wider view of the country’s history, tracing the impact of foreign influences on Greek culture. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday.
Open Wednesday to Friday: 9:00 – 17:00, Thursday and Saturday: 9.00 – 24.00, Sunday: 9:00 – 15:00.
The gift shop in the Benaki Museum is itself worth a detour. There’s something for everyone in their selection of unusual and beautiful gifts and souvenirs. These include a range of reproduction Byzantine icons as well as reproduction jewelery and specially commissioned works by Greek jewelery designers.
Off season is the prime time to view the ancient monuments. They never look more enchanting – or enchanted – as when the old stones are set off by the fresh green following the season’s rains. It’s remarkable how alone you can find yourself on the trails through the Ancient Agora and Kerameikos. If you have the time and energy, climb up to the Acropolis itself. Simply keep it in view and head up towards it via twisting old streets and overgrown paths. Wear walking shoes, carry a bottle of water and don’t forget your camera … the views are spectacular.