Sights

This part of Athens – especially beyond Pireos St – is most associated with nightlife, but there are a couple of key spots for daytime sightseeing, both very easy to reach from the centre.

Sleeping

Hotels in this area are virtually all in the eastern part of Metaxourgio, closer to Omonia. While we don't recommend any of them specifically, do not rule them out if you spot a good price – but do be aware it's a haven for prostitutes and junkies. If you rent an apartment in these neighbourhoods, it's better to stay west of Akadimou and Plateia Avdi.

Eating

From Michelin-starred modernist gastronomy to budget places serving the perfect skewer of grilled meat, you'll find some of the city's best eats in these neighbourhoods. Note though that in the club zone of Gazi proper, around the Keramikos metro stop, drinking takes priority over food (with the exception of the few restaurants we suggest). In Keramikos and Metaxourgio, there's plenty more appealing than we list. (Hint to chowhounds: Metaxourgio's Chinese residents support a few only-in-Chinese restaurants; look for one on Akadimou.)

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Eating

Drinking & Nightlife

Weekends, you can hear Gazi thumping from all the way across Pireos St – you'll either love it or hate it. For quieter, quirkier bars and good cafes (including one with a half-pipe), cross Iera Odos into Keramikos. Plateia Avdi also has some good outdoor cafe-bars. And across the railroad tracks on Gazi's furthest fringes (an area also called Votanikos) are some more pioneering bars, and quite a few theatres.

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Drinking & Nightlife

Shopping

The only shops in this area are Chinese clothing importers (good for gap-filling your travel wardrobe, but not a destination).

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