Exarchia, located between Kolonaki and Lycabettus, is a historical urban area with a special flair. A neighbourhood of a thousand faces. Vibrant, restless and unsophisticated it holds some small surprises for all those who decide to explore it on foot.
This neighbourhood’s unique and colourful scenery is made up by small shops reminiscent of old times, concept cafes, authentic taverns, modern fast food restaurants, student haunts serving rakomelo and mezze, bookstores selling rare comics, graffiti on the walls, rock and punk record stores, alternative hair salons and bars playing sophisticated music melodies.
From the beginning of the 19th century until nowadays, Exarchia attracted a large crowd of students and intellectuals because of its proximity to various University of Athens schools, like the Law School, the School of Philosophy, the Polytechnic School and the Chemistry School. This influx shaped its bohemian “personality” which makes it stand out until today.
As you walk along Themistokleous street, from Panepistimiou street to Exarchia square, you will spot various haunts where you can sip on coffee and sample delicious mezze. Your feet will inevitably lead you to Kallidromiou street, which hosts every Saturday the most distinct open air food market in the city. You can continue your walk heading towards Strefi hill, from where you will have a great view of Athens. The best time of the day to climb up the hill is around sunset.
During your walk in Exarchia you will also have the opportunity to check out quite a few quaint buildings. The historical National Polytechnic School complex dominates the neighbourhood’s borderline, while the Blue Apartment Building in the corner of Arachovis street with Themistokleous street served as a reference point for many decades.