A chic and charming neighborhood climbing up the side of Lycabettus Hill, Kolonaki is one of the oldest – and trendiest – neighborhoods of Athens. Fashionistas, artists and socialites from all over the city come here to enjoy many high-end boutiques, art galleries, entertaining nightlife for all tastes and unique restaurants. Yet this trendy neighborhood also boasts a cultural side to it… Take a walk and discover the best things to do in Kolonaki.
The Benaki Museum
This stunning private museum, located in a Neoclassical mansion, takes the visitor on a journey through Greek history and culture, with a focus on influences and inspirations from other cultures, with costumes and everyday life artefacts on display.
Benaki Museum, Koumpari 1, Athens, Greece, +30 210 367 1000
The Museum of Cycladic Art
Another stunning museum located in Kolonaki, the Museum of Cycladic Art is another must-see in Athens. Focusing on ancient Aegean and Cypriot cultures, the museum has more than 3,000 artefacts of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art.. Museum of Cycladic Art, Neofitou Douka 4, Athens, Greece, +30 210 722 8321
The Byzantine and Christian Museum
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, one of Greece’s national museums, focuses on religious artefacts of different periods, from Early Christian to post-Byzantine and contemporary. With more than 25,000 artefacts on display, it is truly a treat for the eyes and the mind.
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 22, Athens, Greece, +30 210 723 1570
The Gennadius Library
If you are passionate about books, this is the place to be. The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies, one of the most important in the country, counts over 110,000 volumes on Greek art, literature and history from ancient times until now, including German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann’s diaries, and the first printed edition of Homer’s epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey (in Greek). The library – though it doesn’t have a lending service – organizes various seminars, conferences and lectures.
Gennadius Library, Souidias 54, Athens, Greece, + 30 213 000 2400
The Zoumboulakis Gallery is a veteran among art galleries in town. With two other locations in Petralona (multi-event space) and Syntagma (antique and art gallery), the Zoumboulakis gallery in Kolonaki – known as 20 Kolonaki Sq. – is a great place to discover and admire Greek and foreign artists. Of course, you should not skip on the museum shop, as there you will find stunning art pieces and designer furniture.
Zoumboulakis Gallery, Alopekis 20, Kolonaki square, Athens, Greece, +30 210 360 8278
The perfect way to end a day of exploration: a stroll (though some may say it’s more of a hike) up Lycabettus Hill. Rising at 227 meters above sea level, Lycabettus allows you to enjoy an all-encompassing view of the city. Perched on top are the chapel of St. George, the Lycabettus open-air theatre and Orizontes restaurant. Take in the view of the Acropolis and the city below and make sure to be there in time to watch the sun set over Piraeus in the distance.
Lycabettus hill, Athens, Greece