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The Koukaki district has become very popular lately. Small tavernas, bars and cafes tend to make it an entertainment destination.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Koukaki is a district that extends from the area of ​​Makrygianni, near Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, as far as Syggrou and Kalliroi Streets to the south. Formerly, it was also called the area of ​​Dionysus, due to its proximity to the ancient Theatre of Dionysus. It has long been known for its taverns, so even today, Koukaki is a hub of entertainment with many interesting bars (cocktail, pubs, mixed, etc.), taverns, patisseries, cafes and art venues. There are restaurants for all tastes, from traditional Greek dishes to foreign cuisines. Although it has been a densely populated area since the 1960s, it has consistently remained an expensive and sought-after neighbourhood, mainly due to its proximity to the Acropolis and Filopappos Hill.

What I can't see

The name “Koukaki” probably comes from the factory owner Georgios Koukakis, who built his house in the area at the beginning of the 20th century. It was a district of many intellectuals and artists, and the home of many foreign institutes that still exist today. Koukaki especially attracts tourists, because it does not have stereotypical tourist shops and businesses despite being located next to the Acropolis. Before it became famous for its venues and interesting places in recent years, however, it was a district where many students of Panteion University lived. Unfortunately since short-term rentals became a dominant part of the tourism economy, Koukaki attracts so many foreign visitors that students find it difficult to rent a house in there, as well as in the rest of the centre of Athens.


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Skiadas E., (2018), Οι συνοικίες των Αθηνών, [The districts of Athens] Athens: Menandros Publications


Chronopoulou I., (2017), Τι σημαίνει να ζεις στο Κουκάκι σήμερα, [How it is like living in Koukaki today], in VICE

Last visit 16/3/2022