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Get to know up-and-coming Pangrati in Athens

If you had to describe the young and up-and-coming neighborhood of Pangrati in just a phrase, it would be: “Good Living.” While much of Athens can be a gritty and chaotic concrete jungle, Pangrati is an oasis of leafy and elegant calm — even during the height of summer.

Nestled behind the hill that encloses the majestic Kallimarmaro stadium — built to host the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, on a site home to athletic exploits since 330 BC — Pangrati is a neighborhood defined by its geography.  Walking through the residential streets, you’ll be stunned by the seemingly impossible angles you see in each direction; as roads plunge down into the city below and tree-lined stairways spill up and down the gradients that are too steep for the cars.

Pangrati Park. Photo: Michael OdelberthPangrati is arranged around three poles; the Kallimarmaro, of course; the wondrous Pangrati Park, which wraps you in an embrace of vegetation and seemingly transports you out of the city limits; and the lively Varnava Square, where locals sprawl around outside drinking coffee, eating and socialising with friends.

Tucked out of site, many visitors overlook the neighborhood, but at just a fifteen-minute walk from the city center — through the luscious Royal Gardens, no less —you have no excuse to make the same mistake.

Pangrati might just be Athens’ best kept secret — although the word is certainly spreading. It has taken more than its fair share of Athens’ most exciting new openings in recent years and is now bursting with options to keep you busy from dawn well into the night. 

It certainly has a more well-heeled atmosphere than the rest of Athens, but Pangrati is a neighborhood that will make you feel instantly at home — and, perhaps, never want to leave.

Here are a some places you need to check out in Pangrati:

Panathenaic Stadium. Photo: Shutterstock

The Kallimarmaro or Panathenaic Stadium

Explore Athens’ Olympic heritage in this remarkable stadium constructed entirely from white marble. If you don’t fancy paying the entrance fee, you can join the locals in the park that rings the stadium, where they jog and walk their dogs — with some spectacular views.

Panathenaic Stadium

Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou

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Open daily: March to October 08:00-19:00. November to February: 08:00-17:00. General Admission: €5.00

Breakfast at Ohh Boy. Photo: Michael Odelberth

Ohh Boy

Kick off your day with a fresh and healthy brunch at Ohh Boy — which also boasts a stellar selection of vegetarian and vegan options. With its elegant white aesthetics, you can almost imagine you’re reclining on a Greek island as you sit sipping your iced coffee outside under the trees.

Ohh Boy

Archelaou 32, Athens

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Open daily 9am–11pm

Life Sport Gallery

Life Sport is an innovative gallery that preserves its economic independence through the novel method of selling its own line of sweatpants. Expect a diverse roster of shows and installations which make full use of the idiosyncratic gallery space.

Life Sport Gallery

Ergotimou 26, Athens

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Check website for exhibitions and opening hours

Pizza at Colibri. Photo: Michael Odelberth

Colibri

This Italian-inspired eatery is a local favorite and the place to find perhaps the best pizza in Athens. The juicy and decadent burgers are another reason to drop by — although beware of making too many plans afterwards, you’ll need a couple of hours to digest Calibri’s greasy goodness.

Colibri

Empedokleous 15, Athens

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Open daily 1pm–12:30am

Photo: Michael Odelberth

Rabbit Punch

If the brunch options on offer at Ohh Boy were a little too healthy and wholesome for you, Rabbit Punch is the place to come for a truly indulgent brunch. Think pancakes oozing with chocolate or smothered with peanut butter. The champion team of baristas who created Rabbit Punch are the same people behind Thiseio staple The Underdog and the coffee selection is hard to beat; but their speciality is mixing coffee with booze.

Rabbit Punch

Effranoros 40, Athens

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Open daily 9am–12am

Photo: Michael Odelberth

To Mavro Provato

To Mavro Provato, or The Black Sheep, is impossible to better for flavour — let alone for value. A Pangrati institution since 2012, the meze restaurant serves up a variety of modern Greek dishes made from the country’s finest produce. Don’t miss their famous Hunkar Begendi or the marinated lamb, that is so good it should be outlawed.

To Mavro Provato

Arrianou 31, Athens

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Open daily 1pm–1am (except Sunday 1–7pm)

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Frater & Soror

Gin is the focus at Frater & Soror, which is complemented by a wide range of tonics; from dry to herby or aromatic. Marble and metal combine to make one of the sleekest interiors in Athens, while hidden downstairs the small restaurant Phi Beta Kappa specialises in aged, smoked and grilled meats.

Frater & Soror

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Last edited: May 9, 2019

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