Kolonaki Square

Kolonaki Square, Athens: Address, Phone Number, Kolonaki Square Reviews: 4/5

Kolonaki Square
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A modern street lined with the city's chicest boutiques, coffee houses and restaurants.
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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
  • Omonoia • 1 min walk
  • Panepistimio • 7 min walk
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,084 contributions
Apart from the outstanding historic ancient sites, I find Athens to be a pretty ugly city. On your one hand fingers you can count nice buildings or squares, which are nicely planned, maintained and free of graffiti, litter, etc...
Kolonaki is one of them - it's an upscale area of the Greek capital set at the foot of Lycabetus hill. Trendy designer shops, nice cafes and restaurants are set in a more quiet part of town with many trees planted looking much better than the rest of the city.
Written September 26, 2021
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permia
Ireland37,794 contributions
In the grand neighbourhood of Kolonaki between National Garden and Mount Lycabettus is this pleasantly tranquil space.

With greenery, nicely laid out paving and paths, statuary and seating, its popularity is not difficult to understand.

Amongst the gleaming white sculptural busts of notables are some more abstract creations. One shows a woman without a head but with one wing. Slightly slouching on a seat a big stringed instrument is on her lap.
Written March 15, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,429 contributions
This is the neighborhood where we rented an apartment for 6 weeks. It's clean and safe and the location of a reliable taxi stand. Cafes and restaurants are on all sides of the Square and we went to most of them. 2 bakeries, banks, and stores and hair stylists. The Square itself is not much of an attraction, we usually hurried through it.
Written August 15, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,429 contributions
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
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KONSTANTINOS M
ATHENS837 contributions
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
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etzi00
Athens, Greece176 contributions
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
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simijtr t
98 contributions
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
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MIKRIARKOUDA
PIREAS16 contributions
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
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erijon
East Aegean2,011 contributions
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
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Byron J
Piraeus, Greece30 contributions
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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
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