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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.

  • Karamanlidika why athens

    Paying homage to the ‘Karamanlides’ brings a sensory experience to Athens

    Regional cooking is back in fashion and one Athenian ‘mezetzidiko’ transports us back to the culinary delights of ancient Anatolia.

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  • Best Greek coffee in Athens

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

    Mokka Speacialty Coffee Why Athens went in search of the best Greek coffee in Athens and found a very special place to enjoy the perfect cup. Mokka Coffee located in the market district of Athens, makes a smooth velvety ‘Ellinikos Kafes’ every time. The secret lies not just in their freshly ground coffee but also in…

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  • Modern Athens

    Modern Athens today

    When you look at modern Athens from above it’s a hotchpotch of boxy concrete blocks with bad patch up jobs. Redundant air conditioning systems and satellite dishes line the skyline perched upwards as if praying for an intervention. On the ground, it doesn’t improve. Broken narrow sidewalks force you to leave your sexy shoes at…

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  • Pie Works why athens

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

    Why Athens discovers a new type of pie that goes beyond the traditional 'spanakopita' to making delicious meals wrapped in light, crispy pastry.

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  • Children of the Light by CALLIOPE

    Internationally accomplished Greek photographer Calliope Karvounis discusses her latest book Children of the Light with Why Athens, a portrait of Greece as Calliope sees it. Having lived most of her life overseas, Calliope captures Greece with a renewed vision and a special kind of love and appreciation that expanded after living away from home. Read more about Calliope Karvounis.

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  • fig salad recipe Greek Meze

    A refreshing fig salad recipe

    There is nothing quite like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They feature in Greek mythology often associated with Dionysus the god of wine. This refreshing fig salad recipe pairs ripe figs with tangy balsamic vinegar and drops of honey for a salad dish the ancients would no doubt devour.   Ingredients: 8-10 fresh figs…

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