Things to do in Athens Koukaki District text written in pink over image of Philopappos Hill

Things to do in Athens in the Koukaki District

After you visit the Acropolis Area, I suggest you explore a bit the Koukaki district. It’s really close: take a walk on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and go west when you exit from the Acropolis of Athens. You will be heading in its direction! There are several things to in the Athens in the Koukaki district, as it is one of the oldest parts of the Greek capital. Read below to discover them.

Things to do in Athens in Koukaki:

1. Discover what to expect from the Koukaki district
2. Hike up Philopappos Hill
3. Go out in the Koukaki District
4. Things to do in Athens near Koukaki

Discovering the Koukaki district

Here, you can admire 19th and 20th century buildings. The oldest ones were the homes of important Greek personalities. The others were small family houses or apartment buildings, hotels, and museums. In-between, you will come across taverns with beautiful terraces, intimate cafes, and traditional bakeries with heavenly smells just inviting you in!

Have a taste of what to expect on your visit in the Koukaki district:

I do hope it will be warmer than in the video when you decide to visit!

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Hike up Philopappos Hill

Philoppapos Hill is not only a beautiful green area in the city of Athens. And it’s not just a good place to hike to get a great view of Acropolis and the entire Greek Capital.

Philopappos Hill is also worth a visit to see the prison of Socrates and to visit the Philopappos Monument. The Monument is the beautiful construction at the top of the Hill, which can be seen from all over the city of Athens.

Here’s a video covering all the things to do in Athens on Philopappos Hill:

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Cup of traditional Greek cofee

Go out in the Koukaki district

You can find a good choice of bars, restaurants, and traditional cafes in the two pedestrian areas of the Koukaki district: Geogaki Olympiou Street and Drakou Street.

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Visit to Piraeus marina with yachts

Things to do in Athens near Koukaki

The Koukaki district is right next to Syngrou Avenue. This is one of largest boulevards of the city of Athens. It gives you some good options of what to do after your visit to Koukaki: explore Syngrou-Fix or leave the city center and visit Piraeus and the coast of Athens.

If you choose to head out to Piraeus, you can take a tram from the Kosamouli station in the Koukaki district. In 27 minutes and for under
€2.00, you’ll be in Piraeus
, one of the most important harbor areas in all of history!

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Other Athens neighborhoods

Plaka / Acropolis Area
Plaka / Acropolis Area

The most well-known area in the Greek Capital is the Acropolis of Athens, and the nearby streets of Plaka.


Take a stroll on busy streets with colorful shops or stop at a lively tavern with a view over the Ancient Agora.


Explore the Athenian’s favorite neighborhood when they go out to grab a coffee or take an afternoon stroll.


Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art, then explore the establishments of the cheap foodie district of Athens!

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Philopappos Hill in the Koukaki district of Athens Greek coffee

29 thoughts on “Things to do in Athens in the Koukaki District

  1. blair villanueva says:

    Athens is also my dream destination and to totally complete my obsession with Greek mythology! I want to visit this city with my boyfriend 😀

  2. Arunima Dey says:

    I can’t seem to remember if I had been to the Koukaki district when I was in Athens. I did know about the Philopappos (?) Hill, but it was so incredibly hot in June when I visited that I skipped it. I would have loved to see the Socrates’ prison.

  3. Alex Trembath says:

    We are hoping to visit Greece soon as neither of us have been yet, which we need to put right! We’re big on hiking so it’s great to hear about trails we can try. Philopappos Hill sounds right up our street. Thank you!

  4. Federica says:

    I have been to Athens several times but never tried to hike the Philippapos Hill. It looks an enchanting adventure with a view over the ancient ruins of the Acropolis. I will add to my list insiders’ tips to try!

  5. Kemi says:

    I think I’m the only one who hasn’t done Greece yet but getting there lol. It’s interesting how you can be in a city but only explore certain neighbourhoods. I love the old parts of cities that are still untouched by gentrification and modernity and this is definitely it.

    • Mirela (The Travel Bunny) says:

      You’re not the only one, Kemi, don’t worry. That’s exactly why I am writing this series on Athens and then some other places in Greece. Greece is a beautiful and affordable destination, even without taking the cultural side into account. Everywhere should try to get there sometime. (I feel the same about Italy, too!)

  6. Sippin Gypsy says:

    I really loved how you integrated YouTube videos to really bring the feeling and ambiance of Koukaki to your readers! Greece has always been so beautiful to me, I was glad to hear your suggestions for what to ensure I visit! Cheers!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Greece- especially Athens- are on the top of our family’s bucket list. Our boys LOVE Greek mythology and Greek history- I can’t wait until we can get them there someday!!!

  8. Nina Out and About says:

    I went to Greece on a school trip when I was in grade 10. I remember going to the Parthenon (sp?), but little else. I desperately want to go back to do it properly. I didn’t even know this district existed!

  9. Diana says:

    I always tell the story of how my last name is Greek and I am absolutely distanced to roam throughout Greece. I love this post because it made me Fantasize.

  10. Jayashree says:

    Greece is a dream destination for most of us, and I am no exception ? And I do love visiting places virtually, thats the biggest advantage of blogging ?

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