Kolonaki Square
Kolonaki Square
4
NeighborhoodsPoints of Interest & Landmarks
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A modern street lined with the city's chicest boutiques, coffee houses and restaurants.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
The area
Neighborhood: Omonia
Omonia Square is as plain in appearance as Syntagma is grand. Surrounded largely by functional blocks from the 1950s and 60s and no longer boasting its underground stalls, the square is now mostly frequented by immigrants and bargain shoppers. The most rewarding area to explore is to the south. Set off down Athinas Street, with the Acropolis gradually coming into focus in the distance, and you will get a sense of old commercial Athens, especially at the picturesque meat, fish and vegetable markets some way beyond the City Hall. The blocks to the west of Athinas are home to many Chinese and South Asian traders, adding a multicultural atmosphere to what was until the late 1990s a very homogenous society.
How to get there
  • Evangelismos • 5 min walk
  • Syntagma • 10 min walk

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles299 reviews
Excellent
90
Very good
131
Average
63
Poor
13
Terrible
2

Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We spent hours at this square as we were renting an apartment nearby. Lots of pleasant cafes that surround, and that's where we sat and drank. Plus some places to buy food. Always taxis available.
Written July 11, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We love this part of town and are pulled here by the variety and quality of places to eat and drink. And there are lots of outside seating for good weather. The square itself is a park over a parking garage. The landscaping is not in great shape. But focus on all of the activity that surrounds the square. On a slope.
Written March 28, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KONSTANTINOS M
ATHENS843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
Kolonaki is a district in central Athens where still today the price of built square meter is at its higher level. Kolonaki Square is the "epicentric" piazza where everything is happening. The formal name of this Square is "Filikis Eterias" Square (Plateia in Greek is Square). Filiki Eteria was the league of of Greek patriots established in Odessa - Russia before the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the ruler Turks. This league of educated and mostly wealthy brave people devoted their lives and wealth to circulate the need for uprisal of the Greek nation against the Othoman rulers. On the Square you will easily find the monuments of these Greek heroes whereas all the streets converging in this Square bare the names of first establishing members of Filiki Eteria. Skoufa street is the main and longest street of them all (west to east) with Agios Dionyssios basilique church (second to Athens Metropolis Church) and a lot of cheerful cafe/bars at night time (Skoufa and Sina street, mostly). Patriarchou Ioakim street with a lot of contemporary (and expensive) fashion shops. Koubari street at the east/south end with the very important Benaki Museum. This street goes straight down the Presidential buildings and the unique National Gardens. On the Square you may find Lykovrissi cafe restaurant, Cafe da capo at the exit of Tsakalof walk way to the Square. Bibliothiki cafe at the east side and JK cafe-bar-restaurant on the south side of the Square. Kanari street (entering the Square by south-west) is very important fashion street as well with a most important vertical walk way to it, Milioni street. On Milioni walk way you may find too many cafe bars and the superb restaurant bar Prytaneion in an old building (nicely rennovated). the cuisine there is really great!
This time of the year the Square is full of smells and colors as lemon and sour orange trees (Athens is full of them) are in blossom!
This Square is very important to miss day or night!
Written April 14, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

etzi00
Athens, Greece196 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Family
It used to be the best place in Athens, That was in the 6ies. Now all that remains is Just the name and a few old person remembering bygone eras. Nowadays its the wannabees of Greece, that gather, to pay for the most expensive coffee in Europe ( 6 euro for espresso ) as well go round the old shops ( again perhaps the most expensive in Europe), to be treated by worthless shops assistants with an attitude of a Cardinal, just to buy Chinese goods. Avoid it at all costs.
Written September 27, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

simijtr t
98 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013
Kolonaki used to be upper class favourite place to live in or go shopping to. Nowadays, the only remains of snobbery is the shops' staff's rude attitude, so pathetic, if one realises that they are paid only 600 euros to treat customers so badly just to reserve the place's old aristocratic name. Always crowded, and hard to find a parking place, within the heart of the polluted Athenian atmosphere there are people who would pay a fortune to live there. Greeks' syndrome to show off just for the show off!!!
Written June 26, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MIKRIARKOUDA
PIREAS14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
iTS a part o Athens that everything is expensive (coffee or buy clothes and things etc) except 1-2 small museums nothing else interesting. Cant find place to park your car and parking there isnt cheap.In summer too hot.....
Written September 22, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

erijon
East Aegean1,920 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
It's considered to be the best, most expensive and high class district of Athens.
There are plenty of renovated neoclassical houses here, fine jewelry shops and cafe-restaurants that famous and politics like to use.
Not a "must" visit for me as I prefer simplicity and not ostensible things in my life.
Written February 27, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ZachosSymeon
Thessaloniki, Greece82 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
Nothing special, no reason for any tourist to visit it. There's a small common and dirty square with 5 benches. Heavy traffic around, 2-3 cafe with iron chairs and small round tables confined with each other. Nothing interesting to see around, only some shoe or jewelry shops.
Written December 10, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Byron J
Piraeus, Greece29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
Ups:

It's a heavily policed area, some people could consider that as "safe". It's looked after, because important people live there, including Ambassadors, Politicians, High-end Doctors and so on.
This is where most specialists would be, especially in the medical field.
Lots of hidden gems in the side streets, like antique shops, tea shops with types of tea you've never even heard of, restaurants etc.
They offer a lot of free stuff for promotional reasons in the bases of mall-like buildings. (Count on being ashamed to ask for their free samples, due to the elaborate promotions. Try not to confuse promotions with stuff sold or events for specific people, I know it's hard.)
Big chances of seeing a Greek celeb, however you most likely wouldn't know who they were :P
It's near the center, access is quite easy, even without a car/taxi.
There are some nice museums around and popular brand shops (e.g. TGI Fridays)

Downs:

Basically, this is a hugely overrated area in my opinion. The place is average at best. Not much of a view, just grey dull buildings all around.
Everything is overpriced, no matter where you go. Expect to pay 3 times the value of what you would've paid in any other place. You can find affordable places, but they are limited and I can't vouch for their quality. It's funny, because a few blocks away the prices drop significantly, as long as you're out of the Kolonaki area.
Parking? Forget about it, there are expensive parking lots all over the place, if you really want to go there with your car.

All in all, it's an area you pass through and not stay in, unless money and atmosphere are not something you consider very much. Look for the hidden gems, some are really worth it, don't fall victims to the shiny rock that's a polished you know what. . . :P
Written September 29, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Matyas L
Ekali, Greece775 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Having seen many of Europe's or US's best food & entertainment districts, this one is comparatively rather poor and simple. If you are downtown, it is good to go and visit a bar or two and mix with local folks, always happy to chat with you.

Else, certainly not even close to a highlight, compared with other European cities, lacking choice, diversity, parking or size.
Written August 23, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 145
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Kolonaki Square - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Athens HotelsAthens Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Athens
All things to do in Athens
Day Trips in Athens
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars