Olala Homes is so proud that many of our amazing and luxurious rental apartments are in the Kolonaki neighborhood in Athens. This area, on the side of Mount Lycabettus, is chic, trendy, and centrally located in the Greek capital. Here you have a quick guide to discover the essence of Kolonaki and all that it has to offer!

Visit the Museum of Cycladic Art

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Η εγκατάσταση design «ARRANGEMENTS» του Μιχάλη Αναστασιάδη φωτίζει το Moυσείο Κυκλαδικής Τέχνης! Το Μουσείο Κυκλαδικής Τέχνης λάμπει τις μέρες των γιορτών! Στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος Cycladic Cafe Art Project, το Μουσείο φιλοξενεί την εγκατάσταση design “ΑRRANGEMENTS” του Μιχάλη Αναστασιάδη, γεμίζοντας φως το Foyer και το Cycladic Café. Το “ΑRRANGEMENTS” είναι ένα αρθρωτό σύστημα γεωμετρικών φωτιστικών στοιχείων που μπορούν να συνδυαστούν με ποικίλους τρόπους δημιουργώντας διαφορετικές συνθέσεις-πολυελαίους. Κάθε στοιχείο εφαρμόζει και κρέμεται από το προηγούμενο, ισορροπώντας ως τμήμα μιας φωτεινής αλυσίδας. #lightingdesign #michaelanastassiades #arrangements #flos Eπιμέλεια: Αφροδίτη Γκόνου & Αταλάντη Μαρτίνου Παραχώρηση: @flos Photos: Paris Tavitian / Museum of Cycladic Art

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Your first stop in the Kolonaki neighborhood should be the Museum of Cycaldic Art. This museum’s collection contains pieces from ancient Aegean and Cypriot civilizations dating all the way back to 3000 BC. Temporary exhibits change every few months to feature different mediums of art like sculpture, metals, and more. Be sure to stop for lunch or a coffee at the museum’s beautiful and trendy café, which alone is worth the visit.

Address: Neofitou Douka, 4

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Shop at Laiki Farmer’s Market

This weekly market sells a wide variety of fresh, local products like fruit, vegetables, olives, and olive oil. In edition to edible delights, vendors have tables full of knickknacks, secondhand items, and clothing for the taking. Even if you’re not looking to purchase anything, browsing the market is a fun way to get to know the Kolonaki neighborhood and learn about its residents.

Address: Kallidromiou, Athina 114 73

Visit The Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum is a gift from the Benakis family to the city of Athens and focuses on Greek culture throughout the centuries. The museum’s large collection of Greek art and artifacts date back to prehistoric times, continuing up to the present. It is housed in the Benakis family’s former home, and several smaller branches that focus on specific collections can be found in other parts of the city.

Address: Koumpari, 1

See The Byzantine and Christian Museum

The Byzantine and Christian Museum is an interesting stop for history buffs in the Kolonaki neighborhood. It is one of the most exclusive museums in the world that focuses on Byzantine art. More than 25,000 pieces of pottery, paintings, pictures, manuscripts, and more make up the bulk of the collection. Most pieces date between the third century AD through the Middle Ages. Walking through this museum is like a trip back in time!

Address: Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias, 22

Hike Mount Lycabettus

The Kolonaki neighborhood is located on the side of Mount Lycabettus
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No trip to Athens is complete without taking in the view of the city from atop Mount Lycabettus! At 300 meters above sea level, you can reach the summit on foot or by taking the city’s funicular. At the top, you’ll get incredible views of the Greek capital below that are definitely worth the trek up.

Partake in the coffee culture

Kolonaki has a plethora of charming cafés and coffee shops, and you should make time to enjoy the simple pleasure of enjoying a rejuvenating cup of coffee after a morning of sightseeing. The locals love coffeehouses like Filion, Cake Kolonaki, and Graffito. Take your time to enjoy the ambiance of the café and enjoy your coffee, as in Europe this moment of the day is seen as something to be relished.

Read more: 5 Restaurants in Kolonaki For Authentic Greek Cuisine

Experience the local nightlife

Kolonaki is trendy by day and just as chic and exciting by night. If you feel like dancing the night away to some great tunes, try Rock ‘n Roll or T5. You can hear great DJ sets and awesome playlists that keep the mood fun and lively. However, if you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, you should try Grain, Jazz in Jazz, or Rue de Marseille. You can get a great drink at any one of these spots as you take in the night like an Athenian!

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Come stay with Olala Homes at any one of our stylish and cozy vacation rental apartments in Kolonaki! It will be your perfect home away from home!