Athens – Day 2

Breakfast at Couler Locale in Athens

We started our Saturday in Athens with breakfast in one of the coolest place ever, Couleur Locale.

Athens is full of rooftop bars, overlooking the Acropolis. We tested as many of them as possible during our trip there! 😉

Unlike the other numerous bars directly overlooking Syntagma square, Couleur Locale entrance is in a courtyard in a narrow street behind the square, so if you’re not going there on purpose, you won’t notice this place.

If it doesn’t have the best view of the Acropolis – it’s a bit a side view comparing to the other bars on Syntagama square – it definitely have the best atmosphere, young & relaxed!

Breakfast at Couler Locale in Athens

Food was super good and everyone was so nice!

Breakfast at Couler Locale in Athens

We went there quite early, so we almost had the big terrace for ourselves! I think at night it must be quite cool too!

Breakfast at Couler Locale in Athens

Well refreshed, ready we were to continue our exploration of ancient Greece, starting with the Library of Adrian.

Visiting the Library of Adrian in Athens

Visiting the Library of Adrian in Athens

Visiting the Library of Adrian in Athens

Visiting the Library of Adrian in Athens

Floor details at the Library of Adrian in Athens

Visiting the Library of Adrian in Athens

We continued to the Ancient Agora, passing through a very cute – & surely very touristic little street – full of cafés, nice shops & jewelry stalls.

Cute little street in Plaka, Athens

Cute little street in Plaka, Athens

Cute little street in Plaka, Athens

Where I found the beautiful, golden, greek-style hairpiece that I’m wearing in all the following pics! 😉

Ok done with the girly, fashion digression, let’s go back to the cultural side of things & explore the ancient agora.

Visiting the Ancient Agora in Athens

We started with the museum,

Museum in the Ancient Agora in Athens

where I discovered that all the black & orange potteries that were constantly pictured in my high school Greek books, really existed 😉

Museum in the Ancient Agora in Athens

We then wandered around among the ancient remains.

Visiting the Ancient Agora in Athens

Exploring the Ancient Agora in Athens

Visiting the Ancient Agora in Athens

The Ancient Agora was such a calm & peaceful place, so lovely to wander around.

Visiting the Ancient Agora in Athens

I actually preferred it to the Acropolis as there were less people & the park was so beautiful.

Exploring the Ancient Agora in Athens

View of the Acropolis from the Ancient Agora in Athens

The most beautiful was the Temple of Hephaestus, a perfectly preserved doric temple overlooking the agora.

Visiting the Ancient Agora in Athens

Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora in Athens

We couldn’t get enough of it…

Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora in Athens

Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora in Athens

Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora in Athens

Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora in Athens

We finished our trip into ancient Greece with the Roman Agora.

Visiting the Roman Agora in Athens

Visiting the Roman Agora in Athens

Visiting the Roman Agora in Athens

And the Tower of the Winds.

the Tower of Winds in Athens

Detail of the Tower of Winds in Athens

Back to the modern world, we jumped on the subway – which was actually more of an outdoor train, allowing us to have a look at the less central neighborhoods – to the Piraeus, Athen’s huge port.

Our final destination was however Mikrolimano, a smaller harbour nearby, well known for its fish taverns.

We took a bus from the Piraeus & as soon as we stepped down, we could see an incredible number of fish restaurants all lined up along the shore.

The only sad thing is that all the restaurants overlook the sea, but there are huge windows, none of them is open on the sea, because of the strong wind. The view is beautiful nonetheless.

Fish tavern in Mikrolimano, Athens

The restaurant we selected being full, we randomly picked up another one, which was ok, but nothing special.

Fish tavern in Mikrolimano, Athens

After lunch we grabbed a coffee with milk, that we saw everyone drinking, that truly was exceptional! I don’t know how they do it, but the milk is almost like a cream…

Greek coffee

Our coffee in hands we had a walk along the coast,

Beach in Mikrolimano, Athens

stopping on nice beach to soak some sun in!

Beach in Mikrolimano, Athens

Beach in Mikrolimano, Athens

Beach in Mikrolimano, Athens

Beach in Mikrolimano, Athens

We continued our walk back to the Piraeus, enjoying the amazing views over the coastline,

Visiting Mikrolimano, Athens

Visiting Mikrolimano, Athens

& crossing small bays.

Visiting Mikrolimano, Athens

Back in the city, & after some rest, ready we were for a drink on another rooftop, 360 Cocktail Bar.

Aperitivo on the rooftop at 360 Cocktail Bar in Athens

Aperitivo on the rooftop at 360 Cocktail Bar in Athens

Cocktails were delicious, the view over the Acropolis & the surroundings at night amazing although the staff was totally unfriendly.

View of the Acropolis at nigh from 360 Cocktail Bar

View of the Temple of Hephaestus at nigh from 360 Cocktail Bar

View of the Acropolis at nigh from 360 Cocktail Bar

Aperitivo on the rooftop at 360 Cocktail Bar in Athens

You can also stay for dinner, but we went instead to Evgenia, the other restaurant suggested by the Greek lady we met the previous day.

Evgenia is nothing fancy, a tiny restaurants with only a couple of tables& we’d probably never stopped there by ourselves. Truth to be said, we hesitated to stay there for dinner when we arrived.

But then we were tired, we didn’t know where else to go… & we ended up having the most delicious dinner in a very nice atmosphere!!

Dinner at Evgenia restaurant in Athens

We shared several homemade, Greek specialties.

Starting with tzatziki, of course,

Tzatziki at Evgenia restaurant in Athens

vine leaves stuffed with rice,

Vine leaves at Evgenia restaurant in Athens

grilled octopus – so yummy!!

Grilled octopus at Evgenia restaurant in Athens

zucchini fritters,

Zucchini fritters at Evgenia restaurant in Athens

cabbage leaves stuffed with meat,

Cabbage leaves with meat at Evgenia restaurant in Athens

& grilled feta –  I have to make this back at home!

Baked feta at Evgenia restaurant in Athens

Happy & full we came back to the hotel for a well deserved sleep, glad for the beautiful day we had & excited for more Greek adventures to come for the following day!

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22 Comments

  1. I am a fan of al fresco dining especially in a place as interesting as Athens. I am much intrigued by the history of Athens. Temple of Hephaestus is my favourite pick from this blog. Grand and mysterious.

  2. That looks like a lovely rooftop cafe, and what a view of the Acropolis! That iced coffee looks so good for this hot weather we’re having. I’m so hungry now after seeing all your photos, off to make something to eat 😀

  3. Couleur Locale (and Athens) is on my bucket list now, amazing. Especially when standing next to the pillar is seems so high, an incredible place to visit. The Ancient Agora looks very romantic and great for an evening out.

  4. The food looks fantastic. Some of the photos and views are amazing. However my favourite part of the article is some of the architecture! Absolutely breathtaking! Brilliant article.

  5. Just looking at your pictures i started feeling so hungry. Athens has been on my list for a long for Architecture and history, but your post has added another dimension – Food.

  6. Interesting Post. I didn’t imagine Athens to looks like this, not the dishes of Greek food. I’ve been wanting to visit Greece for a long time now since seeing it in the news and the Olympics.

    1. I really didn’t have high expectations about Athens before going, but it really was amazing! If you visit Greece you should go on some islands too, they’re so cute! 🙂

  7. It’s been on my list for many years. What a view of Acropolis from rooftop restaurant. I love their architectures and the ruins tell so many historic tales. Loved this post.

  8. I loved my visit to Athens a few years ago and this post is SO taking me back. Those zucchini fritters were seriously to die for and the food in general was just too good. I didn’t try that coffee though, but I wish I had! #citytripping

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