Setttle in at this idyllic restaurant with its cool courtyard (in a neoclassic mansion) and savor such traditional Greek fare as eggplant salad and rabbit stew.
Late Morning and Afternoon Activities
Once the grounds of the royal palace, the sprawling National Gardens offer a respite of cool in the heart of the city, complete with fountains, a petting zoo and cafe. As you exit, note the colorful Evzones, guards wearing kiltlike skirts and pom-pom-bedecked footwear.
National Archaeological Museum
Behind its exhuberant facade sits an impressive and sprawling collection of Greek artifacts that date from prehistory to antiquity. Standouts include the Mask of Agamemnon, the Jockey of Artemision and frescoes culled from Santorini.
Museum of the City of Athens
Housed within the residence of the first king of Greece, Otto, and his wife, Amalia, the Museum of the City of Athens traces the history of the city and offers a glimpose of 19th-century decorative arts.
Where to Stay
King George Palace
This 1936 hotel overlooking Syntagma Square mixes traditional and contemporary cool thanks to amenities such as the ultramodern T Palace bar with its dramatic horse-shaped lamps and murals by painter Konstantin Kakanias.