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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.

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    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…

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    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,…

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  • 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.

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    Greece Revisited by We Design

    When architect Philippos Photiadis, product designer Sergios Fotiadis and graphic artist Theano Petridou joined forces to establish 'We Design', their focus expanded into redefining the concept of souvenirs, leading them to establish Greece Revisited, a line of products drawing from Greek history, tradition and everyday culture.

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  • Elena Syraka jeweller

    Designer Elena Syraka draws from Greece’s ancient history for inspiration

    Elena Syraka created her first pieces of jewellery while at school, without realising this would ultimately be her calling. After studying at the Veloudakis Fashion School in Athens, she went on to ESMOD in Paris, where she decided to focus on jewellery design. Her official debut into the field was in 1995 and about a decade later, she decided to focus exclusively on fine jewellery. Her designs balance between opposite elements, such as the masculine and the feminine, the strict and the fluid.

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  • Kostarelos Cheesemakers Why Athens

    Kostarelos: three generations of cheesemakers

    The Kostarelos family cheesemaking business began in 1937 in the keen hands of Kyriakos Kostarelos. Today, brothers Kyriakos and Nikos, are the equally capable third generation, who have stepped up to continue the legacy. Striking the perfect balance between old and new production techniques, they are successfully producing a large variety of high quality dairy products, that are attracting the attention of those who are serious about cheese.

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