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“Lovely & relaxing meeting place”
Review of Kolonaki Square

Kolonaki Square
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Owner description: A modern street lined with the city's chicest boutiques, coffee houses and restaurants.
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“Lovely & relaxing meeting place”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

If you visit Athens I recommend visiting Kolonaki.
A small garden square surrounded by cafes with tables outside.
Greeks like to seat outside, enjoy their coffee and talk about everything in life.
Very nice caffes with tasty snacks but a bit expensive.

Visited April 2014
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“Classy area”
Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

After a visit to the parliament we want on z short stroll to this area as heard it was good for shopping. It is a nice pleasant area but we gave up the shopping.

Visited February 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“It is worth visiting”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

Great for a coffee stop. Window shopping is also great, and even buying something is also seamless. A bunch of nice restaurants too. By night you can enjoy a drink. My only knock was the redesign of the square that has eliminated a lot of the green that used to be there.

Visited December 2013
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“Not worth visiting.”
Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

Kolonaki used to be upper class favourite place to live in or go shopping to. Nowadays, the only remains of snobbery is the shops' staff's rude attitude, so pathetic, if one realises that they are paid only 600 euros to treat customers so badly just to reserve the place's old aristocratic name. Always crowded, and hard to find a parking place, within the heart of the polluted Athenian atmosphere there are people who would pay a fortune to live there. Greeks' syndrome to show off just for the show off!!!

Visited March 2013
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“Kolonaki Square, enjoyable day or night!”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

Kolonaki is a district in central Athens where still today the price of built square meter is at its higher level. Kolonaki Square is the "epicentric" piazza where everything is happening. The formal name of this Square is "Filikis Eterias" Square (Plateia in Greek is Square). Filiki Eteria was the league of of Greek patriots established in Odessa - Russia before the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the ruler Turks. This league of educated and mostly wealthy brave people devoted their lives and wealth to circulate the need for uprisal of the Greek nation against the Othoman rulers. On the Square you will easily find the monuments of these Greek heroes whereas all the streets converging in this Square bare the names of first establishing members of Filiki Eteria. Skoufa street is the main and longest street of them all (west to east) with Agios Dionyssios basilique church (second to Athens Metropolis Church) and a lot of cheerful cafe/bars at night time (Skoufa and Sina street, mostly). Patriarchou Ioakim street with a lot of contemporary (and expensive) fashion shops. Koubari street at the east/south end with the very important Benaki Museum. This street goes straight down the Presidential buildings and the unique National Gardens. On the Square you may find Lykovrissi cafe restaurant, Cafe da capo at the exit of Tsakalof walk way to the Square. Bibliothiki cafe at the east side and JK cafe-bar-restaurant on the south side of the Square. Kanari street (entering the Square by south-west) is very important fashion street as well with a most important vertical walk way to it, Milioni street. On Milioni walk way you may find too many cafe bars and the superb restaurant bar Prytaneion in an old building (nicely rennovated). the cuisine there is really great!
This time of the year the Square is full of smells and colors as lemon and sour orange trees (Athens is full of them) are in blossom!
This Square is very important to miss day or night!

Visited April 2013
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