Are you traveling to Athens with your significant other and want to organize the perfect romantic date? Follow these 9 tips and experience an unforgettable day in the Greek capital. Even though Athens rarely tops the lists with the world’s most romantic cities, it has no shortage of things to do with your beloved one. All you have to do is go off the beaten path and explore its secret corners and well-hidden places.
Watch the sunset from Philopappou Hill
Philopappou Hill is a renowned tourist attraction, but head there on sunset with a picnic basket and a blanket and you’ll forget you’re atop an ancient site.
With the whole city in your feet and the colours of the falling sun painting the Athenian sky, the scenery is magical.
Make sure to have climbed up the Philopappou hill on time and stay until the sun has fully disappeared below the horizon.
Dinner at Laika Bar-Resto
Nestled in a narrow pedestrianized street in the area of Votanikos, Laika (Tripadvisor) is the perfect place for a romantic dinner away from the crowds.
The small and cozy resto-bar serves traditional dishes with a modern twist in a low-profile atmosphere.
With checkered and polka dot tablecloths, wooden chairs and dim lighting Laika looks more like a French bistro than a traditional Greek restaurant.
Plus, its bar serves drinks until 2 am.
See the stars from the National Observatory
Take a look at the Athenian night sky at the National Observatory in Thissio.
Situated on the top of the Hill of the Nymphs, the National Observatory in Thissio is right opposite Acropolis’ sacred hill and it consists of three buildings that date to the 19th century.
A refracting telescope and a meridian circle -both functioning- are available to visitors to observe Attica’s sky.
If your significant other is an astronomy enthusiast make sure to also visit the Museum of Geoastrophysics.
There you’ll find a great collection divided into 4 categories (“Time and space”, “Astronomical observations”, “Meteorology” and “Seismology”) displaying instruments used in the 19th and 20th century
Take a walk at Flisvos Marina
Marina Flisvos at Paleo Faliro spans for 3.800 square meters of housing shops, restaurants and cafés overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
Grab a pizza at Napolitivo while enjoying the spectacular view or savor a refreshing drink at Cruiser Exclusive Bar.
And if you’re on budget worry not, you can still take your sweetheart at Flisvos Marina for your romantic date.
Take a walk along the scenic promenade while enjoying a delicious ice cream from Haagen Dazs.
Catch a movie at the local cinemas
Athens brims with small, old-fashioned cinemas that preserve their authentic atmosphere looking nothing like the modern multiplex.
In other words, the perfect place to start your date.
Historic cinemas such as Elli, Asti and Ideal that were founded over 5 decades ago are still welcoming cinephiles to their halls screening old and new cinema masterpieces.
If you’re in Athens in the summertime you should definitely catch a movie with your beloved one at the city’s open-air cinemas.
Cocktail at Speakeasy Athens
Spice things up by taking your date to the city’s secret bar, Speakeasy.(Tripadvisor)
Inspired by the legendary illicit bars of the Prohibition era in the United States, The Speakeasy Athens feels, sounds and tastes like a proper 20s and 30s “blind tiger.”
Bands and DJs make sure that the air is always filled with jazz tunes while experienced bartenders serve a wide range of premium spirits including, of course, the quintessential Old Fashioned.
Even though the bar’s address is now available online, playing by the bar’s rules to spot its location will preserve the mystery.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center offers free concerts, open-air screenings, exhibitions and other cultural events throughout the year.
Keep an eye out on its official website for upcoming events and start your date with a dash of culture in the city’s most modern cultural center.
Plus, it houses a 21-hectares green park ideal for a relaxed walk.
Hit one of the city’s rooftops
Whether you’re going on a romantic date under the sunlight or late at night, the city’s rooftop terraces are always a great choice if you’re craving for a refreshing drink.
There are many bars and restaurants around the city featuring rooftop terraces for all styles and tastes and all of them offer a captivating view.
GB Roof Garden and Galaxy Bar for a luxurious experience, Bios Rooftop (Tripadvisor) for the alternative couple and Couleur Locale (Couleur Locale on Tripadvisor) if you’re looking for a modern, stylish place.
Take a walk at the National Garden coffee
The National Garden of Athens offers a tranquil and peaceful setting for a romantic walk in the heart of the city center.
The 15.5-hectare green oasis is situated right next to Syntagma square and it features 7,000 trees and 40,000 bushes of over 500 different plant varieties.
Once you’ve walked under Washingtonia palm trees, eucalyptus trees and Chinese trees-of-heaven take your sweetheart at the garden’s small, old-fashioned café for a traditional dessert accompanied by a cup of Greek coffee.
Beyond its traffic-jammed streets and noisy districts, Athens has several well-hidden corners ideal for a romantic date.