After a whirlwind of Italian food and aperol spritz, Momsies and I flew from Rome to Athens, Greece. We had just two and a half days here, but we were determined to make the most of it.
We stayed at the Plaka Hotel, which is in a fabulous little old quarter called Plaka. The Plaka Hotel has a rooftop bar, from which you can admire the Acropolis by night as you watch the sun go down and the ruins light up. This is a great wind down after a full day of walking around.
This is the perfect place to stay, as Plaka is a super old village filled with the cutest cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture, and is walking distance from the Acropolis. I’d highly recommend staying here if you are visiting Athens.
We weren’t quite ready to brave the Acropolis on day one, so we spent the day at a restaurant recommendation – Little Kook. This is a themed cafe & dessert bar, and they go all out. The theme changes every few months, and when we visited, there was a Mary Poppins theme.
The outside and inside of the restaurant was completely decked out.
We got a red velvet cake to share and a couple of aperol spritz. My mom was like a little kid at Disneyland – she was in her happy place.
After Little Kook, we stopped at Quick Falafel for a falafel plate to share. We had traditional Greek pita, falafel, and hummus – yum!
Next, we walked through Plaka quarter and took all the photos.
For dinner, we went to a restaurant just across the street from our hotel, called Collage. Momsies got a local cocktail called Made in Lesvos, which we both quickly became obsessed with.
We ordered a bread trilogy to start, and quinoa salads for mains.
The food was absolutely amazing, so good that we actually came here for dinner all three nights of our stay! We tried something different every night.
The next day we were ready to brave the Acropolis. We woke up early, got ready, ate brekky at our hotel, and left by 7:30 AM. The Acropolis opens at 8 AM, and if you want to go crowd-free, I recommend getting there right when it opens. No one is in line to get tickets right at 8, so you can go in right away.
Hot tips for the Acropolis: wear sunscreen, bring lots of water, and bring snacks. You’ll be here for at least a couple of hours, and there is not much shade, no water, and no food sold inside.
The Acropolis is a beautiful place, just make sure you come prepared with the essentials and be prepared for the crowds. It took a lot of waiting to get photos without other people in them, and a lot of the time when I was getting my photo taken, an entire tour group was watching. The things we do for the gram!
After three hours at the Acropolis, I had enough. Walking out, we grabbed two cold waters, and sat down at the nearest restaurant to eat our little hearts out.
We spent the rest of the day with our feet up in our hotel room, chatting and having a rest. We finished our trip with dinner at Collage, and then got ready for our last adventure of this trip – Santorini!
Have you been to Athens? If not, is it on your list?