Discover where to spend the hot summer nights in Athens feeling like a truly chic Athenian.
1. By the pool!
Personally, I believe they should be closed during the day; trying to concentrate on work while thinking of a cool and relaxing swimming pool somewhere very close in one of the city’s luxury hotels can prove quite a mental handicap!
Nighttime however is a whole different story. As the lighting changes, the decor, the music and the mood transform the swimming pool of a Hotel into the place to be. The beautiful Margi Hotel in Vouliagmeni (11, Lytous str., Laimos Vouliagmenis, tel 210 8929000) is an ideal example. Day beds, wicker couches, large pillows, Moroccan rugs, little lanterns and ethnic music blend superbly with the clever finger food prepared by their international chef and the fantastic cocktails made at the bar by mixologists.
In Glyfada, visit Cataralla which is situated in the fourth marina ( Glyfada Yacht marina tel. 210 8941 620). It welcomes young and glamorous people, around the wooden deck of the swimming pool, and has a very promising restaurant.
2. A garden in the city!
There are several gardens in the city, where one can relax and enjoy dinner.
An all time classic is Balthazar (27, Tsoha str. and Bournazou str, Ampelokipi, tel 210 6441 215), with its excellent food and interesting people mingling all night. The bar of the restaurant is an excellent choice for a cool drink made by great mixologists.
Spondi is beyond any doubt the best restaurant in Greece and has been awarded with two Michelin stars, with its perfect Mediterranean creations prepared by Chef Aggelos Landos, His delicacies are served in the restaurant’s recently renovated courtyard, a truly exquisite location (5, Pyrronos str. Varnava square, Pagrati, tel. 210 7520 658).
Among the other “tasty” gardens of Athens is Milos at the Hilton Athens Hotel (46, Vas. Sophias Av., tel. 210 72 444 00) with its world-famous fish (and not only),
3. With a view!
The best roof gardens are situated in the City’s luxury hotels like the Grande Bretagne ,with its GB Roof Garden and spectacular views of the Acropolis (Syntagma Square, tel. 210 33 30000). Other favorite of mine is Electra Palace, with the unique view of Plaka and the Acropolis and a great “creative” Greek cuisine menu prepared by chef George Venieris.
4. THE Island!
ISLAND, a club restaurant in the seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni, is one of a kind. The place proposes an “island” escape, transporting the senses in style to a cosmopolitan Mediterranean atmosphere. With its good food, exciting cocktails, and beautiful people, you will probably fool yourself into believing you are already on your island holiday (Limanakia Vouliagmenis, tel. 210 8925 000).