Dining & Nightlife
The fervor for nightlife is shared by all Athenians. It is not uncommon to be out until 3am. And why not since 10 o'clock is not considered late to have dinner. Within the city centre there are lots of clubs and bars to visit. For a taste of the Greece experience, seek out one of the musical tavernas where the entertainment is zeimbekiko. During the summer, there is a cache of clubs by the coast that come to life.
There are an abundance of restaurants to pick from but if you are looking to temp your taste bud with some local flavours and have a little of money to spend, it is worth trying Varoulko. For something in the middle of the road and not too expensive, The Platanos Tavernas has been dishing up tasty spitiko fageto (home cooking) for almost 90 years now.
For something uniquely Greek, you wouldn't have to do much searching to come across the souvlaki. This tasty treat is a combination of lamb, beef or pork with spices but can also be kabob like nuggets. It is served with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki wrapped in a pita to go.Shopping
Ermou off Syntagma Square is a pedestrian friendly shopping district which has all the latest clothing, accessories and souvenirs. In the Kolonaki shopping district, just off of Ermou, you will find the more up market shops and boutiques. Interwoven with the chic stores will be an abundance of quality Greek jewelers. Athens is known for its long tradition of silver and gold craftsmanship. If you are looking to purchase other items that are more indicative of the city, look for ceramics, spirits or leather goods. Also the flokati, hand-woven rugs, copper, coffee pots, virgin olive oil and honey would be good items to seek out.Flying time from: Toronto:
Greek but most people in the tourist industry will speak English, French or German.Currency:
Mediterranean Climate - characterized by hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.Electricity:
220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two- or three-pin plugs are standard.Documents
A passport is mandatory for Canadian Citizens, although no visa is required. For other countries, please check the Hellenic Tourism Organisation Office to get a complete list.Note:
Hellenic Tourism Organisation website - www.gnto.gr
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Tel : (001416) 9682220
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