Hills of Athens Panoramic
Three famous hills of Athens. Straight ahead, Lycabettus Hill towers above the city as the highest point of Athens. Crowds gather on Areopagus Hill. A couple enjoy the scenery from Pnyx Hill. Photograph: Why Athens

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.

  • 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…

    Read More
  • WOMEN OF PASSION Women of Greece Athens Medea

    Meet Greece’s Women of Passion

    It is the one woman theatrical show that has captivated audiences following its debut in Athens in 2016 at the progressive theatre, To Treno sto Rouf. It returns, following a tour of Australia and Brussels. ‘Women of Passion, Women of Greece’ is based on three dynamic women, Maria Callas, Melina Mercouri and the mythological legend…

    Read More
  • Nicholas Samaras Underwater Photography Greece-2

    The Greek uncovering the hidden treasures of the sea

    Fascinated by the myriad of colours, marine life and the refraction of light under water, Nicholas Samaras has become one of Greece’s leading underwater photographers. With more than 50 international accolades under his belt awarded from NELOS International Underwater Photo & Film Festival, Festival Mondial De L’Image Sous Marine, among others, it was when he…

    Read More
  • Zama Athens Zips Buttons

    ZAMA, romance re-born in Athens

    Family run businesses have for decades been a vital part of the social fabric of Athens. The city’s history as a mercantile centre runs deep and if you wander around the area surrounding Agias Irinis Square (close to Monastiraki) or along Perikleous St near Syntagma, you’ll find the evidence of a once thriving textile precinct…

    Read More
  • best Greek Ceramics

    Find it in Athens: In search of the best Greek ceramics

    Why Athens went in search of the best Greek ceramics in Athens and found a very special workshop using ancient ceramic making techniques with the highest quality workmanship we’ve seen. Black glazing and Athenian pottery making flourished during the 5th and 6th centuries BC but the methods the ancient Greeks used eluded even the best scholars. Today,…

    Read More
  • Taf Coffee Athens

    TAF specialty coffee in Athens

    Taf coffee is another business success story from Athens. Established as a family business in the 1990’s, Taf soon evolved from importers and roasters of traditional Greek coffee to a multi-level business specialising in high quality international roasts. For the last ten years, founder Yiannis Taloumis has been dedicated to sourcing sustainable gourmet grade coffee beans.

    Read More