Top Choice Cinema in Syntagma & Plaka

Cine Paris

The Paris was the very first outdoor cinema in Athens, established in the 1920s. It's still a magical place to see a movie, on a rooftop in Plaka, with great views of the Acropolis from some seats.
Top Choice Jazz in Mets & Pangrati

Half Note Jazz Club

Athens' most serious jazz venue is a stylish place that hosts Greek and international musicians. Check the schedule ahead of your trip, as it's not open every night and closes entirely in summer.
Puppet Theatre in Athens

Theatro Skion Tasou Konsta

Greece's wise fool, Karagiozis, gave his name to the art of shadow puppetry (karagiozi), and they're on beautiful display in this tiny outdoor theatre every summer. Sure it's all in Greek, but the humour is slapstic…
Puppet Theatre in Syntagma & Plaka

Figoures & Koukles

This puppet workshop gives weekly karagiozi shows in winter in its sweet 50-seat theatre. The husband-and-wife team are happy to show how the shadow-puppet set-up works and how the figures are made. Check the site f…
Arts Centre in Athens

Treno sto Rouf

Look for the glowing headlight on a steam locomotive behind Rouf station. Attached is a string of old train cars converted into a restaurant, bar-cafe, music club and theatre. Even on a night when nothing's schedule…
Cinema in Filopappou Hill & Thisio


Across from the Acropolis, this is a lovely old-style outdoor cinema in a garden setting. Sit towards the back if you want to catch a glimpse of the glowing edifice.
Cultural Centre in Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Spreading its winged roof on a hill above Faliron Bay, this Renzo Piano building, surrounded by a vast park, made a big splash on the Athens cultural scene when it opened in 2017. Architecture buffs will love seeing…
Traditional Music in Keramikos & Gazi


For decades in Exarhia, this budget-friendly music joint moved across town and lost some of its accumulated divey-ness. But the young audience, fuelled by a €15 'crisis special' meal and unlimited wine, makes up for…
Traditional Music in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Stoa Athanaton

This legendary club occupies a hall above the central meat market. Popular for classic rembetika and laïka from a respected band of musicians, it often starts from midafternoon. Access is by a lift in the arcade. Fo…
Theatre in Athens

National Theatre

Performances of contemporary plays and ancient theatre in one of the city’s finest neoclassical buildings, as well as in venues around town and, in summer, in ancient theatres across Greece. Happily for tourists, so…