Just 14km from downtown Athens – or a short, 35-minute ride from Monastiraki on the electric railway (HSAP), Kifissia is a great choice for an action-packed day. Enjoy glamorous shopping, admire wonderful art, dine at a restaurant and study a fascinating mix of centuries-old mansions. Here you can relish cool air, abundant greenery and a sense of nonchalant affluence that is light years away from the sometimes overwhelming chaos of the city center. While Kifissia’s boutiques may be the exclusive domain of the elite, there is an abundance of things to discover and explore beyond shopping.
Start your day in Kifissia with a coffee at Varsos, Kifissia’s oldest café, which opened in 1892. Upon entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the mouthwatering smells of croissants stuffed with chocolate and nuts and the buttery, crispy cheese pies. For breakfast, Amaryllis, a classy, all-day hangout, serves quality selections of coffee, tea and tasty tarts, while Menta Café, housed in the garden villa where nationally acclaimed poet and playwright Angelos Sikelianos spent the last summers of his life, serves up warming drinks and flavorsome nibbles. Popular as much for its clever eco-conscious décor as for its excellent selection of nutritious snacks, Different Beast is another great start-the-day spot.
A bit of culture
After getting a caffeine kick, explore Kifissia’s cultural scene. Begin by visiting Kouvoutsakis Art Institute, an attractive space housing 1,500 fine art paintings and various sculptures dating back to 1800. Children and adults alike will enjoy the scientific and environmental exhibits at the somewhat vintage Goulandris Natural History Museum and its more modern Gaia Center, which offers video projections, interactive screens and guided tours. There are several other art spaces in Kifissia, including Mihalarias Art, which features a wide selection of works by Greek and foreign artists.
Il Salumaio di Atene • 3 Panagitsas • Tel. (+30) 210.623.3934
Yellow • Harilaou Trikoupi & 27 Kritis • Tel. (+30) 211.411.0962
Nice N Easy • 7 Papadiamanti • Tel. (+30) 210.808.2014
Artisanal • 2 Zirini • Tel. (+30) 210.808.6111 • (closed on Mondays)
Domotel Kastri Bistro • 154 El. Venizelou Ave & Romylias • Tel. (+30) 210.350.7100
Let’s do lunch!
Stop for lunch at one of the area’s most reputable restaurants. Il Salumaio d’Atene, an all-day deli-cum-restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes. The fresh, artistic interior of Yellow has a revitalizing effect and its tasty hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches and burgers will hit the spot. For a farm-to-table option, lunch at Nice N Easy, with a menu that mixes world and Mediterranean tastes with plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Or lounge around in the lovely renovated mansion of Artisanal, enjoying a refreshing, gourmet-style meal.
Shop ’til you drop
Next, it’s time to check out one of Kifissia’s best attributes – it’s elegant shopping scene. For trendy-chic daywear, visit Paramour and Soho-Soho; for outdoorsy athleisure and casual chic, head to Season. If you are hunting for high-end international designer labels, look no further than Simple Caracteres, Luisa World, Access Boutique or Detroit. You’ll also find boutiques such as Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Juicy Couture and Ralph Lauren for clothing, and D-Fashion Store, Braccialini, Folli Follie and Bottega Veneta for bags and accessories. If it’s swimming season, you might want to head to Monoi, which sells fantastically colorful and glitzy Brazilian bikinis.
The most notable jewelry stores in Kifissia are the classic Greek luxury brands Ilias Lalaounis, known for its gold designs inspired by the civilizations of ancient Greece, Minas, which sells stylishly modernist creations, and Fanourakis, known for its incredibly detailed, nature-inspired pieces in gold and silver.
Paramour • 19 Kassaveti • Tel. (+30) 210.808.4424 | Soho-Soho • 6a Papadiamanti • Tel. (+30) 210.801.6601 | Season • 66 El. Venizelou Ave. • Tel. (+30) 210. 801.4633 | Simple Character • 23 Kyriazi • Tel. (+30) 210.808.3201 | Luisa World • 11 Kolokotroni • Tel. (+30) 210.801.6641 | Access Boutique • 2 Argyropoulou • Tel. (+30) 210.808.3730 | Detroit • 21 Kyriazi • Tel. (+30) 210.808.9835 | Oscar de la Renta • 16 Levidou • Tel. (+30) 210.808.9668 | Diane Von Furstenberg • 14 Kolokotroni • Tel. (+30) 210.808.1999 | Juicy Couture • 11 Levidou • Tel. (+30) 210.808.6942 | Ralph Lauren • 19 Kassaveti • Tel(+30) 210.808.5550 | D-Fashion Store • 6 Panagitsas • Tel.(+30) 210.808.0020 | Braccialini, Folli Follie • 8 Kolokotroni • Tel. (+30) 210.801.3152 | Botega Veneta • 14 Kolokotroni • Tel. (+30) 210.808.5182 | Monoi • 10 Kolokotroni • Tel. (+30) 210.808.0114 | Ilias Lalaounis • 7 Papadiamanti • Tel. (+30) 210.623.1900 | Minas • 8 Emmanouil Benaki • Tel. (+30) 210.623.3577 | Fanourakis • 6 Panagitsas • Tel. (+30) 210.623.2334
Time for a sugar fix
Your new purchases are a good cause for celebration, so why not treat yourself to a fabulous dessert? A great place for that kind of indulgence is Aristokratikon, one of Greece’s most esteemed chocolate makers since 1928. Try its unique white-and-dark chocolate ganache or croquant truffles. Another popular choice for handmade chocolates and other delicacies is Martha’s, while for excellent gelato, head to Zillion’s, or to Ninnolo, which also serves a popular brunch.
For some top-notch pampering, stop at the Le Hammam spa, where you can enjoy the wonderfully atmospheric steam room, followed by a massage or a beauty treatment from an exotic and seemingly endless range of therapies.
For night owls only
After sunset, Kifissia transforms into a hot nightlife spot. Head to The Dalliance House for light epicurean dishes like carpaccio, salmon tartare and slow-cooked octopus, or just stick to the tantalizing cocktails. Try The J Bar for a dimly-lit, New York gastro-bar vibe, or Buba Bistrot Exotique for a Thai menu full of playful bites. For a yummy Asian gastronomic experience and cocktails by awarded mixologists, check out Oozora. Suba or Rakkan are great for modern Japanese food. The charming Eleas Gi is an ideal spot for an elegant and romantic dinner – try its “24 Flavors” set menu. At Almyra, enjoy a delightful Greek seafood feast.
For just drinks, head to Bronco, known for its cool-cat rock style. Café Escoba, which hosts Latin and rock music live shows and dance parties, is the place for margaritas, burgers and Tex-Mex nibbles.
Last but not least, there are the good, old-fashioned classic Greek taverna options. Popular with the locals are Vathys and Katsarina, the latter in business since 1893.
Stars and popcorn
In summer, dinner can be followed by a movie at either Bomboniera or Chloe, Kifissia’s two outdoor movie theaters, each offering two screenings per night. Sit back in a garden setting where the sweet scent of jasmine mingles with the odor of buttery fresh popcorn, and try to enjoy the story on the screen as much as you’ve enjoyed your day.
The J Bar • 6 Argyropoulou • Tel. (+30) 210.801.3896
Buba Bistrot Exotique • 4 Papadiamanti • Tel. (+30) 210.623.1151
The Dalliance House • 19 Kiriazi • Tel. (+30) 210.623.0775
Oozora (closed on Mondays) • 54 Theo. Diligianni • Tel.(+30) 210.801.8515
Suba • 11 Levidou • Tel. (+30) 210.808.5586
Rakkan • 238 Kifissias Ave. • Tel. (+30) 210.808.7941
Elaias Gi • Dexamenis & 4 Olympionikon • Tel. (+30) 210.620.0005
Almyra • 54 Elaion • Tel. (+30) 210.620.5925
Bronco • 17 D. Kyriakou • Tel. (+30) 210.623.6691
Cafe Escoba • 1 Patr. Maximou • Tel. (+30) 210.623.3550
O Vathys • 7 Kyrou • Tel. (+30) 210.620.4834
Katsarina • 311 Kifissias • Tel. (+30) 210.625.4072
Stars and popcorn (summertime only, from May to September)
Bomboniera • 12 Papadiamanti • Tel. (+30) 210.801.9687
Chloe • 17 Kassaveti • Tel. (+30) 210.801.1500