Most interesting street art and graffiti in Athens
Are you planning a trip to Athens and hoping to see some street art and graffiti?
This post is directed at you
Athens is a city that is chaotic, wild, magnificent, dirty, gorgeous, impoverished, historical, desperate, and aesthetically flat (the city’s highest structure is merely 10 floors high).
Similar to New York, Berlin, and Amsterdam, Athens’ graffiti culture arose as a way of expressing social and/or political discontent. At the turn of the millennium, thousands of migrants used Greece as a sanctuary and entry point into Europe. The growth of the country’s impoverished population in only a few short years seriously upset the country’s delicate social and economic equilibrium. As a result, many individuals took to the streets to express their views and frustrations through spray paint protests, which could be seen all across the city.
In the heart of the Gazi neighborhood in Athens you will find contemporary art spaces, the streets surrounding Gazi square are decorated with street art and have taverns, restaurants serving dishes from around the world. Local galleries and unusual shops sell works by Greek artists.
The lively Monastiraki neighborhood of Athens is known for famous landmarks that include the remains of the ancient Agora and the rebuilt Stoa of Attalus, with a museum displaying artifacts from Athens. The Monastiraki flea market is a jumble of shops selling homemade soaps, handmade sandals and souvenir t-shirts. The surrounding streets are full of traditional taverns and restaurants, most of which have views of the Acropolis.
Under the hill of the Acropolis is the rural area of Plaka with narrow cobbled streets and tiny shops for jewelry, clothes and local ceramics. Sidewalk cafes and family taverns operate until late hours, some under the open sky. Nearby stand the white houses of the Anapiotika neighborhood, which give the small enclave the atmosphere of a Greek island.
The Pasiri neighborhood is built around Iron Square; In the streets surrounding it there are restaurants offering meztis and live music, including Rambatika (Greek blues). Bars with DJ shows and taverns that serve traditional dishes. The artisans' small shops, many of which are decorated with graffiti, sell handmade leather bags, indie fashion and special homewares.
Piraeus is a Greek port city that is part of the Athens metropolis and is located about 11 km from the center of Athens. Piraeus is currently the fourth largest city in Greece, and the port of Piraeus is the main port of Greece and one of the largest in Europe.
Plaka, Gazi, Monastiraki, Exarcheia, Agios Ioannis Rentis, Anafiotika, and the walls along the Piraeus metro line are the best places to see street art and graffiti in Athens
The neighborhoods of Exarchia, Monastiraki, Psyri, Anafiotika, Gazi, Neos Kosmos, Omonia, Exarhia, and Rentis are also areas to experience Greek graffiti
This post is part of a dedicated series of 3 posts on street art in Athens:
List of street artists participating in the series of 3 posts: Graffiti and street art in Athens: Ino, Rtmone, Fikos, Oré, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Woozy, Kez, Sonke
WD (Wild Drawings), Dimitris Taxis, SimpleG, Alex Martinez, Insane51, Sonke, Bleeps.gr, Stmts, Gonzalo Borondo, Simoni Fontana, Pavlos Tsankonas, Loukanikos