Sights

Aside from the archaeological museum, Exarhia and Omonia are short on proper, formal tourist attractions – which is as it should be, considering the extremely casual, DIY spirit of Exarhia and the businessy vibe of Omonia. So after you've seen Greece's greatest sculptures and pottery (and maybe nipped around the corner to see the stone inscriptions at the Epigraphical Museum), it's up to you to make your own fun.

Sleeping

There are only a few hotels in Exarhia, and they're very well priced – but that's because it's a relatively long way from the Acropolis and other main sites, and the metro isn't right nearby. If it's your first trip to Athens, it's probably not wise to stay here, unless you're specifically into what makes Exarhia tick: the politics, the bars, the student-friendly vibe. If it's a return trip, though, Exarhia is a great place to branch out from the centre.

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Sleeping

Eating

Exarhia is great for cheap eats and no pretension – though there are also some very good and more refined restaurants too. The main restaurant strip is on Emmanuel Benaki, plus the side pedestrian streets that lead to Plateia Exarhion.

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Eating

Drinking & Nightlife

The big student population in Exarhia demands low-priced drinks, and takes over pretty much every pedestrianised block in the neighbourhood. On weekends, lots of bars have a musician or two, or a DJ.

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Shopping

Niche, indie stores give Exarhia the distinct feel of a treasure hunt. Record shops are particularly numerous, and if you're a book lover, you'll be happy to see the numerous bookshops and publishing houses – even if you can't read Greek. While in Athens, you should definitely visit a weekly neighbourhood market (laïki agora); Exarhia's is a particularly good one.

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