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Visit the Koukaki Neighborhood in Athens

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Athens, Greece is known for its amazing history, arts, theatre, science, architecture, and so much more. When visiting Athens, there is so much to see and do. It’s easy to get caught up in the popular sites that the city has to offer. There are hidden gems within the city including the Koukaki Neighborhood. Here’s what you should know about the Koukaki Neighborhood in Athens, Greece.

About the Koukaki Neighborhood

The Koukaki Neighborhood is located just steps from the city center of Athens on the southeast part of Filopappou Hill. The neighborhood is beautiful and a wonderful place to stay when in Athens. Koukaki is considered a cool neighborhood with an urban vibe, but without the hustle and bustle of the city. In 2015, the Koukaki Neighborhood was voted the 6th most interesting neighborhood in the entire world by Airnbn users.

The Koukaki Neighborhood is home to restaurants, taverns, coffee shops, and shops. It is also close to the Acropolis Museum.

Visit the Koukaki Neighborhood

The laid-back atmosphere of Koukaki makes it a wonderful area to stroll and browse. There is more to explore if you venture a little father out, away from the historical center. When you’re ready for a meal, you can enjoy delicious Greek food as well as Greek food that is blended with international styles. You will find a great selection of cafes and bars. There are spots where you can listen to music and dance, too.

If you are an art-lover, the Koukaki Neighborhood is home to the National Museum of Contemporary Art where you will find interesting and inspiring exhibitions. The museum is housed in the Once the Fix Brewery. Another museum you will find in Koukaki is the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. The museum houses over 4,000 pieces of Lalaounis’ creations.

The pedestrian zone of the Koukaki Neighborhood that goes from Koukaki Square along Georgaki Olympiou Street is one of the most charming parts of the area. Trees, fairy lights, and lanterns create a a beautiful atmosphere. The area is brightly painted and wicker chairs along the sidewalks make ideal sitting spots for socializing or people-watching.

Getting to the Koukaki Neighborhood

You can fly into Athens from just about anywhere around the world. If you are departing from any of the Greek islands, you can take a ferry to Athens. The ferry might be your slowest option, but the view along the way is worth it. You can also get to Athens, Greece by train, bus, or car. Once in Athens, getting to the Koukaki Neighborhood is easy.

From the airport to Koukaki is about 34 km, from Piraeus Port to Koukaki is about 11 km, and from Syntagama Square to Koukaki is just 2 km. The closest metro station to the Koukaki Neighborhood is Syngrou Fix. The walk from the station to the neighborhood will only take 7 minutes. You can also take a taxi or car to get to Koukaki.

Visit the Koukaki Neighborhood in Athens, Greece. It is one of the most thriving and vibrant neighborhoods in the  city so it’s well worth the visit!

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