City Break guide: Enjoying urban neighbourhood of Ambelokipi in Athens

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City Break guide: Enjoying urban neighbourhood of Ambelokipi in AthensSituated between Lycabettus and Alexandras Avenue and neighbouring Panormou and Gyzi, an overall residential area with some interesting features that deserve discovering if you have a handful or more days in Athens

It may not be one of the capital’s most remarkable areas, but Ambelokipi has become more of an urban ‘destination’ over the past few years, and for good reasons too, greekcitytimes.com reports in the following feature:

Situated between Lycabettus and Alexandras Avenue and neighbouring Panormou and Gyzi, the overall residential area where the massive (semi-rotten, let’s face it) PAO football stadium stands has some interesting features that deserve discovering if you have a handful or more days in Athens.

Coming out at Ambelokipi metro station or bus stop, cross over Alexandras Ave (right across the green football stadium) to explore the rows and rows of crumbling Bauhaus-style houses built in the 1930s for Greek migrants who fled back to the capital after the destruction of Asia Minor. The ‘Prosfygika complex’ as they are known are still resided in by an entire international community – people who are relatives of the original residents, drug addicts and homeless individuals, activists, academics and many others who have developed an organized community there. Even though in a dire state, the buildings are considered a part of Athens’ cultural heritage and are thus protected from demolishment, although what their future will hold remains unknown.

Just a little further along you’ll notice the white marble Hellenic Police Headquarters and the Athens Courthouse. 

Ambelokipi can be an enjoyable place offering a wide variety of fine eateries as well as a nightlife area if you’re seeking a change of scene. 

If you’re looking for more social action, just 15 minutes walk along Alexandras Ave or one metro stop away is Panormou, where the cafe-scene and nightlife are abuzz.

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