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Articles by: Despina Trivolis

Athens
Diamonds in the Touristy Rough: Makalo

The quiet neighborhood where Makalo is located, right between Syntagma and Plaka, is home to some good restaurants (such as old-fashioned Paradosiako) and even to a strip of ethnic joints located on bustling Apollonos Street. Continue »

Athens
Dexameni: From the Womb to the Tomb

The blackboard hanging outside Dexameni’s cramped kitchen reads, “Kindergarten-Bar-Nursing Home,” the title jokingly bestowed upon the café by the eminent novelist and poet Alexandros Papadiamantis. He was among the literati who made Dexameni their regular hangout shortly after it opened in the early 1900s – so regular that the place ended up serving as a home-away-from-home for all stages of life. Continue »

Athens
Spring in Athens: Full Bloom

Athens is probably at its prettiest in springtime, especially in April and May. The weather is warm, but not too warm (in the summer the city can be oppressively hot), and Athens – not normally the greenest of cities – is in beautiful full bloom. Continue »

Athens
Diporto: Time Travel Taverna

Editor’s note: It’s Soup Week at Culinary Backstreets, and today we head to a 128-year-old basement taverna in downtown Athens that serves a wintertime specialty of chickpea soup. Continue »

Athens
Ask CB: Ouzo Does It?

Dear Culinary Backstreets,
I am very confused regarding drinking over in Athens. Do Greeks even drink ouzo anymore? If so, when do they drink it? Also, my friends have told me something called “tsipouro” is more popular these days – what’s that drink all about?
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Athens
Pasteli: Power Bar of the Ancients

Editor’s note: It’s Sweets Week here at Culinary Backstreets, and for our third installment, our Athens correspondent writes about a truly ancient treat that can still be found everywhere in Greece today. Continue »

Athens
Layover in Athens: Make the Most of 5, 10 or 24 Hours

Whether you are arriving in Athens by ship or airplane, both the port and the airport are near enough to be able to venture out and enjoy a little bit of the city if you have at least a few hours.  Continue »

Athens
Nice ‘n’ Easy: Expat Favorites, Part 1

Kifisia, as we’ve mentioned before, used to be a holiday destination for wealthy Athenians, and its suburban charms remain intact. Green spaces, high-end shops and close proximity to most of Athens’ international schools have seduced a number of expats into settling down here. Continue »

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Student Special: Low Prices, High Taste in Athens' Mezedopoleia

In early September and October, Athens – just like many other cities around the world – sees an influx of young people leaving home for the first time to spend the next four years in intellectual pursuits and drinking coffee. Continue »

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Xara: Just Like in the Movies

Watching old Greek movies from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s has been a rite of passage for every single generation raised in Greece from the ’80s onwards. When we were young, these movies played endlessly on TV, getting us acquainted with the Greece our parents grew up in. Continue »

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