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The view from Orizontes Restaurant on Lycabettus Hill is second to none. Photograph: courtesy of Orizontes

WHERE to stay and eat in Athens

Despite the troubled economic times in Greece, the tourism industry continues to grow, attracting more investment into the sector, which is great news for visitors to Athens. There is a hotel boom occurring right now, an increase in restaurant openings and street food is also having a moment. You’re set to have a great all round experience of the city. We’ve dedicated this WHERE category to where to stay, eat and drink in Athens, because these really are the most vital parts to your enjoyment. The city is absolutely brimming with choice but the trick is finding them.

As always, we’ve sifted through the good and not so good, to leave you with the only the best options. We really hope you enjoy.

Where to stay in Athens

Finding where to stay in Athens is no longer a struggle. Small to medium sized boutique hotels are a specialty in Athens offering personalised service and a consistently high standard. Bigger hotel groups such as the Hilton are also available. For absolute decadence and luxury you can’t go past the Hotel Grande Bretagne. There are more hotel openings expected, so watch this space for updates.

Where to eat in Athens

Despite the economic crisis, Athenians are going out to restaurants in record numbers. Authentic Greek food in Athens is very affordable and delicious. However, the standard and quality is not the same everywhere. You really do need to know in advance where to eat in Athens. We have tried and tested everything in our food listings several times to be sure they are up to scratch. Kali orexi! (Good appetite).

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    New Hotel

    Where: Minutes from Syntagma Square
    Why Stay: For art inspired luxury in central Athens
    We Loved: The art installations through out the hotel
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    Where: Short walk to Syntagma Square
    Why Stay: Boutique service in the heart of Syntagma
    We Loved: The private atrium that feels removed from the city
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    Where: Overlooking Kotzia Square
    Why Stay: For a true urban experience of Athens
    We Loved: The graffiti sprayed rooms and tres chic lobby
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    Where: The Makrigianni district close to the Acropolis
    Why Stay: For the oversized rooms, comfort and location
    We Loved: Being able to walk everywhere
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