Psiri area

The alternative of Plaka

This is a picturesque area in the centre of the city very close to Monastiraki Square. It has a strong local colour, not so touristy like the Plaka but unique in its style. When you get there you think the place has been bombed old houses ready to fall apart while others have been beautifully renovated and been turned into trendy places that attract the Athenians so much. Old traditional tavernas, most with live music, where you can see people standing up spontaneously to dance so you enjoy something so original without having to watch some tourist program set up for you . You can reach it either on foot from the Syntagma Square or from two metro station The theisseion or the Monastiraki metro station                

Omonia

Omonia situated around the Omonia square to the north of the city is a particularly unappealing area. It is the main location for drug dealers, drug addicts and prostitutes. In many of the open areas you will find all of the above loitering around the area at any time of day which does not make for a good location. Definetly one to avoid for your accomodation, in particular if travelling with children.
However, just south of Omonia Square, on the way to the market, are some of the liveliest and most fun small bars in Athens.

Monastiraki

A central area near many of the major sights, it is a mix of well tended and decrepit buildings. Overall though a  pleasant location with good range of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and facilities and right in the heart of the action an ideal base for exploring Athens. Venture a little further off the tourist path, and you will discover amazing stalls selling all kinds of antiques and random junk.

Plaka

The centre of Athens city and the tourst heart. Most of the attractions border the Plaka area and it is an ideal central location. Well served by public transport with excellent amenities it is a great place to be. It is however extremely touristy, expect to find your "tradtiional" greek everything here. Bustling hive of activity and great fun but if you want to sample something more genuinely authentic you might be better in a different location.

Paleo Faliro/Palaio Faliro

Culture and beach combined

This upscale and safe area is located at the beach at a 25 min tramride from Syndagma sq and is considered one of the best Athens suburbs as it is cool and breezy even in summer. It has a park and generally is one of the greenest and well taken care of areas in Athens. Visit the famous Flisvos Marina with its super yachts and many cafes and restaurants or the Flisvos open air cinema (during summer months). The main shopping streets Agiou Alexandrou and Achilleos have many shops and places to eat and drink.
Best of all are the beaches some of which have restaurants and sunbeds (Edem). Go to the archeological sites in the morning and finish your day enjoying a great sunset at the beach.
Palaio Falro is a quick taxi ride (10/15 minutes costs 8 EUR) from Pireaus Port and/or the city center.

Piraeus

Escape the City

Piraeus is some 40 mins away from the centre of athens by either tram from Syntagma or underground from Monastiraki squares and is Greeces/Athens main ferry port.
It provides a fantastic break from the city. Full of charming little streets and natural harbours it provides an ideal place to escape the bustle of the city and relax especially in the Mikrolimano and Kastella area.
Also an ideal spot for people watching and makes a fab evening out with a massive range of mainly seafood restaurants in the Mikrolimano area serving the best catch of the day and good bars. Its a great area for nightlife and people watching. Not cheap, but great fun.

Kolonaki

Greek Posh

This is the most exclusive area of central Athens -the 'Kensington' and 'Chelsea' combined. As you would expect, it is filled with exclusive boutiques and swanky bars, centered around the eponymous Kolonaki Square and Skoufa street. Try 'Philon' for classic Greek sweet pastries and icecream, or Bibliotheca, a stylish cafe ideal for people-watching. You can see the great and good of Greece discussing key politics and showbusiness scandals over lengthy coffees.

Gazi

A nice alternative for bars and restaurants

Gazi situated just North/West of the Thisseo area is the area where the old gas factory used to be and now is home to many restaurants, bars, cafes and club.Gay nightlife has also moved to this area. Metro stop Kerameikos is smack in the middle of all the action. It used to be the most popular bar spot in Athens but not anymore.

 

Plateia Karytsi

Night Life

Plateia Karytsi is a square between Syntagma and Psyri. It is the most blooming area currently in Athens for full with bars and restaurants. It is the most lively area and that is the place to be for both young and older people.