Despite the crisis-striken profile of Athens for the last 10 years, the area around Syntagma has continuously been transformed to a mosaic of colors, flavors and some good ol’ hospitality. The hordes of tourists on Syntagma square may be not our thing, but pretty much anything south of the square definitely is.
Milan, a city of art and style has many different neighbourhoods all unique in character. Navigli is an area made of canals dating back to the 12th century. Many claim that Leonardo Da Vinci was commissioned to help in the canals restoration on the 15th century. Today, the Milan canals are vibrant with a hip feeling.
Manhattan can be hectic, with the never ending array of high rises, constant traffic noise and the odd roadworks left and right. So, to find yourself in an area that is more residential, cosy and cute is indeed a bit of a hard one. Luckily, Greenwich Village and West Village come the rescue when you want to get away from it all.
My favorite part when discovering a new city is finding different neighborhoods and spotting various cute places to grab food, shop, or simply walk around. When I first moved to New York a few months ago, I knew Brooklyn was the new « place to be ». I had already been to Williamsburg and really enjoyed it but never had the occasion to explore other further areas and places in this neighborhood.
Gone are the days of the old Athenian chic and the nights of the nouveau riche in Kolonaki. Kolonaki was once thriving even during the weeknights, but most certainly when Saturday lunch goers were getting on the tables of the infamous Caprice restaurant on Fokilidou street.
As I drive away from the crowded city centre of Athens and to the west, I find myself in the more quiet, downtempo and almost communal neighbourhood of Metaxourgio. Gone are the days of trashy Psyri and Gkazi. Metaxourgio is now acquiring a reputation as an artistic and fashionable neighbourhood due to the opening of many art galleries and trendy restaurants and cafes. Moreover, local efforts to beautify and invigorate the neighbourhood have reinforced a budding sense of community that makes everything even more homey.
When the weather is nice, you can easily spend a whole day in Georgetown. Being hard to reach by public transport, the best thing you can do is rent a bicycle and ride there (DC’s distances are pretty short).
Covent Garden is high on every tourist guide to London. Makes sense, it’s pretty, it’s central, and has everything is on offer. Throughout history it has served as a vegetables market, centre for theatre and politics - a natural hangout for Londoners of all social classes, looking to conduct business or indulge in their hobbies.
Known for its urban ambience yet a homey neighbourhood feel, Pangrati was always a favourite amongst the art and politics circles, also attracting visiting students due to its central location next to all of Athens' vibrant life. Its recent influx of tourists and the abundance of short-term lets has given it an international vibe giving birth to new spots and ideas available for the curious ones to explore.
Summer equals to islands, spending all day on the beach, enjoying the sun with cocktails and the sea. There are sometimes though, that you have to spend almost all summer period in the city and you are getting jealous for all of those who are away and nervous since you don’t know where to go, what to do in this empty city. You don’t have to worry about it. Athens has a treasure and it’s called, Athens Riviera.