On this page of the free Athens travel guide, you can find the most important Athens streets, on which you really should take a stroll and Athens squares where you should consider stopping by one afternoon. From large to small, you’ll definitely find some spots in Athens to be worthy of your time!
For each Athens square or street, you may find:
- the name of the Athens square or street and perhaps a photo or a video;
- a short description of the Athens square or street;
- a Google map link for finding the Athens squares.
Agias Irinis Square
This beautiful square is home to the lovely Poems n’ Crimes Art Bar, among other cafés and restaurants. It is a lively place, mostly during the evenings and weekends. On Sundays, it’s worth a visit to see the colorful flower market.
Every Saturday and Sunday in Avissinas Square and its nearby streets, the largest flea market of Athens springs to life. You can find almost anything here: old, yet still functional telephones, antique massive wooden furniture, Turkish tea sets, and whatever else your heart may desire!
Located at the base of Lycabettus Hill, Dexameni is one of the greener squares of Athens. Here, you can find one of the most beautiful outdoor cinemas in Athens.
The meeting place of nonconformists, Exarchia Square is surrounded by streets covered in graffiti. It is a nice place to have a long, interesting chat over a cup of Greek coffee or to go out at night to listen to rembetika music. Every Sunday, there is a colorful market that springs here.
Filomousou Eterias Square
This green and shady square is full of vintage or modern cafes.
This square is surrounded by modern bars, vintage Greek taverns, and cheap establishments. It’s a favorite spot for college students to hang out.
This square is important in the history of Athens, as this is where politicians who lost the elections used to come to complain to whoever would listen. Nowadays, it is a place for concerts, but also protests and demonstrations.
This is said to be the place to go if you wish to spot some famous Greek people! Ambassadors, movie stars and models have their homes in this area. It’s also where you’ll find the shops of famous fashion brands.
This busy square connects all the main streets of the Monastiraki neighborhood in one spot. It is also where you’re going to find the St. Mary Pantanassa, yet another addition to the list of churches to visit in Athens.
While 100 years ago Omonia was one of the most elegant squares of Athens, it has now the place of prostitutes, drug dealers, and homeless people. Although during the day you may have to pass through here to get from one place to another, it’s best to avoid it after dark.
Syntagma Square is the heart of modern Athens. This is where you’ll find the neoclassic building of the Hellenic Parliament. By the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, there are the Evzones, the Greek soldiers who put on quite an interesting show during the changing of the guard.
Aiolou Street is the first street to have been paved in the city of Athens, back in the 19th century, and among the first to be a pedestrian area. Today, it is one of the main shopping streets of Athens.
This street spreads from the Thissio subway station all the way to Hadrian’s Library. With Greek taverns on one side and a beautiful view of the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis on the other, it’s probably one of the best Athens streets to find a great place to dine out!
It actually continues from the other side of Hadrian’s Library, taking you near Hadrian’s Arch.
Apostolou Pavlou Street
The wide, stone-paved Apostolou Pavlou street is the main road of Thissio neighborhood. Athenians love to take a walk here or to stop with their friends for a coffee at one of the welcoming terraces.
Athinas Street connects Omonia Square to Monastiraki Square, running parallel to Aiolou Street. It is a lively street to be on, full of shops featuring a large variety of clothes and beautiful Jacarandas trees on the sides.
The Central Market is on Athinas Street, too.
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
This pedestrian street flows at the southern slope of the Acropolis of Athens. It runs from east to west, connecting Hadrian’s Arch to Philopappos Hill. Dionysiou Areopagitou Street has a bit of everything: beautiful views of the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum for history and culture lovers, and lots of street vendors selling handmade jewelry and other objects. It is quite a popular street, for travelers and visitors alike.
Ermou Street is one of the most important Athens streets and the main shopping street in central Athens. However, it is also one of the most expensive ones (not just in Athens or Greece, but in all of Europe!). However, you can do some harmless window shopping or stop at a small café while you’re wandering on this street which connects the Kerameikos to Syntagma Square.
This street is animated day and night. It is abundant in cafés and bars. That is why Iraklidon Street is probably so very popular with young people.
This huge one-way street connects two of the most important Athens squares: Omonia Square and Syntagma Square. It is named after the University of Athens. Along Panepistimiou Boulevard, you can discover the National Library of Greece, the Numismatic Museum, and the Ghika Gallery of the Benaki Museum.