Byzantine Churches Athens Panagia Kapnikarea
The Byzantine church of Panagia Kapnikarea on Ermou Street in Athens. 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.

  • Dolmades recipe Greek Meze Why Athens City Guide Athenian Stories

    A tried and tested Dolmades recipe

    A perfect addition to any meze table, these delicate parcels are a true tribute to Greek flavours. The mint and cinnamon in this dolmades recipe lightens up the minced lamb. Serve with a good squeeze of lemon juice and a dollop of tzatziki for a moorish taste sensation. Serves 6-8 as part of a meze table…

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  • Retrosexual Vintage Shop Athens

    Getting retrosexual in Athens

    A vintage shop in the heart of Athens provides a pleasant departure back in time, away from the economic doom and gloom of recent times.

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  • Greece Photo Workshops

    Capturing the joy of life

    Photography is a Greek word. It’s literal translation being ‘drawing with light’.  Who would have thought when we stopped putting film in our cameras and loading them with small memory cards instead, it was the dawn of a visual orgy. The ‘drawing with light’ definition has also somewhat evolved. Today, millions of photos are uploaded…

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  • Taxi beat Athens Nikos Drandakis

    Leave your troubles at the door and come and work for Taxibeat

    If you are a young techie living in Athens right now, you would want to work for Nikos Drandakis, co-founder of Taxibeat, where he is focused on creating one of the best workplaces in the city. Free Kindles, a compulsory ‘work free’ day every month to simply read a book or pursue personal interests, are…

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