Exarcheia is a neighbourhood that’s located in central Athens and is a walking distance from the areas of Omonia, Kolonaki and Panepistimio.
This neighbourhood has an edgy vibe, with half of it being covered in graffiti and politically charged murals, as well as street art. Here you will find bookshops that have plenty of books based on anarchy, vintage stores that sell rare vinyls and old cinema posters, stores for alchemists and stores that sell musical instruments.
If you like punk, heavy metal, rock and jazz, you will find plenty of bars here that will play those genres of music. You’ll also find rustic traditional Greek tavernas and Ouzeries hidden away in alleyways.
Exarcheia can be described as a neighbourhood that’s weird and wonderful. People live more freely here and love to express themselves through creativity.
Where to eat in Exarcheia
If you want to dine at Exarcheia but you’re in the mood to eat traditional Greek food, then you should check out Atitamos. There is always a queue outside this Greek taverna and that is because they serve some of the most delicious Greek dishes that you will find.
As for dining at an Ouzeri in Exarcheia, check out Ouzeri Lesvos. Inside you will find vintage furniture and accessories, that will make you feel like you have travelled back to an older era In Greece. They serve good quality mezes that pairs well with ouzo.
If you want to grab a quick bite, but you want something that will be filling, then you should stop by Talking Breads. Their burger patties are made from scratch and are made fresh on a daily basis. They have a wide variety of burger toppings and choices, but it is highly recommended to try the cheeseburger.
If you’re in the mood for coffee and dessert, then you should check out I Cake You. They have a variety of delicious sweet treats such as; cookies, brownies, cheesecakes and traditional Greek cakes but with a modern twist. They also have savoury pies and snacks.
What to do in Exarcheia
Exarcheia is a great neighbourhood to walk around in the day, but there is a spot in the neighbourhood called Strefi Hill, which is a small limestone hill that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. It is a quiet spot that’s worth going to if you want to watch the sunset.
Another great spot near Exarcheia is a neighbourhood that has a park nearby called Pedion Tou Areos. It is a large park that is family and dog friendly and it can get very busy on the weekends. There are a cute spots in this park that are picture worthy.
Exarcheia has a lot of bars that’s worth visiting. The dress code is casual and the scene is casual too. If you do want to sip on a cocktail in this neighbourhood, then stop by Revolt Street Bar.
If you’re in the mood to listen to some live jazz music whilst sipping on a few cocktails, then check out ZittO bar.
Heads up about Exarcheia:
Since Exarcheia is a neighbourhood that has a lot of history due to political agendas, it’s very common for riots to break out in this neighbourhood. It is best to check the news for protests before you head to this neighbourhood, so that you can avoid getting caught up in the violent riots between the police and the locals.