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A statue of Lord Byron at the Benaki Museum in Athens. Photograph: Why Athens | Photo stories in Athens Greece

City Life: Culture, Trends, People 

What is Athens?

We explore the culture, trends and people that make up modern Athens today. With new ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit, Athens is in the midst of a start-up movement. Our Athenian Stories and Video sections uncovers this new way of thinking that seems to be growing, spurring dynamic change in and around the city.

  • Greek Sparkling Wines Athens Warehouse CO2 Rose

    Sparkling Wines of Greece at Warehouse CO2

    It’s one o’clock on a Friday afternoon and I’m very happy to be at Warehouse CO2 for the second time since I discovered it. This new all day bar in central Athens showcases sparkling wines from Greece and around the world, with a carefully curated and accessible list of bubblies. I’m certain there will be…

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  • Greek Books Authors English Why Athens

    The Greek reading guide

    We hope you enjoy this introductory reading guide to Greek books by Greek authors. With more and more translations of Greek literature becoming available and thanks to the modern digital age, accessing the works of modern Greek writers has never been easier. Here are a selection of titles we believe are worth sharing with all…

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  • Ladolea Olive Oil

    LADOLEA, an emerging extra virgin olive oil from Corinth

    Brothers, Thanos and Panos Kloutsiniotis established Ladolea three years ago, an emerging olive oil brand that pays tribute to their seaside village of Melissi in the historical region of Corinth in the Peloponnese. Focusing on two indigenous varieties; “megaritiki” that has an intense fruitiness and a pungent aftertaste and “koutsourelia” with a delicate and sweet…

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  • city of athens movie alexandros maragos

    A portrait of a changing metropolis

    In a heart felt dedication to the city he loves, Alexandros Maragos has spent the last three months capturing Athens frame by frame, as part of his non-narrative short film, ‘City of Athens’. Alexandros is an accomplished Athenian filmmaker and an award winning photographer. His credits include the feature documentary Balkan Spirit directed by Hermann…

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  • Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival

    The rising star of Petros Klampanis

    Music composer, bassist and jazz performer, Petros Klampanis is quickly becoming a household name in Greece and highly acclaimed within the international jazz scene. Having grown up on the Greek island of Zakynthos, he was surrounded and influenced by the overlap of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music.   “The reason I fell in love with jazz…

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  • Champagne Opening Duchess Moan Warehouse Athens

    “The Duchess Moan” at Warehouse CO2 in Athens

    The secret to opening a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine lies in a particular effervescent sound known by wine aficionados as “the Duchess Moan”. Our champagne and sparkling wine expert in Athens spills the beans and eloquently explains. If you love your champagne and other sparkling varieties, you can savour the flavours from Greece…

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