Despite the financial crisis, Greeks’ mentality and the beautiful weather of Athens and the islands help locals keep their positive attitude towards life. According to Greeks, music is a powerful medicine that helps them overcome any obstacles of their life.read more
Do I have to speak Greek in Athens?
No! The majority of Greeks speak English; especially the ones working in tourism sector. Street names are transliterated with Latin letters, so it will be easy for you to find your way.
For a peculiar reason most signs of the stores and the restaurants of Athens are in English language - making it easier for the tourists and more difficult for older Greeks...
Where can I find the best souvlaki in Athens?
In the suburbs! It's a bit tricky to find good quality souvlaki in the center of Athens :-(
There are a few nice choices in the center (such as Savvas on Ermou street and Kostas at Agias Eirinis square) but most of them are tourist traps.
Don't eat at Monastiraki souvlaki restaurants! OK, they are packed by Greeks and tourists, but that doesn't mean that they are good. Average quality of food, bad and loud service, expensive pricing... just choose an other option for your souvlaki or your gyros dish! Maybe somewhere at the suburbs or in a non-central, non-touristic area.