Yeah! FIFA World Cup 2018 has arrived! And even if you are exploring the amazing capital of Greece rather than being in Russia, you can still plenty enjoy football-related events, so you can feel the football madness and be fully immersed in the action.
If you want to feel the excitement while also experienceing the city as locals do, check the following suggestions from our local Athens tour guides. These are the best alternative places to experience football fun as well as gorgeous Athens.
If you want to watch World Cup games in the hippest neighbourhood of Athens, then head to Athens Sport Bar in the Koukaki neighbourhood. Athens Sports Bar is a lovely all-day spot for locals, travellers and expats who are crazy about football… and sports in general. Before the game starts, take your time to stroll around the neighbourhood, located in the shadow of the Acropolis and the Filopappou monument. With its urban village feel, Koukaki is one of the city’s most creative corners, full of artistic shops and hipster spots, and home to the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST).
If you want to combine this worldwide celebration with some sightseeing in the heart of the historic Athens, you’ll have to choose Lontos café/restaurant in the historic neighbourhood of Thissio. Try some excellent local food and drink some local spirits while watching a game, and fall in love with the stunning view of the one and only Acropolis, the jewel of Athens.
If you feel like staying outdoors because it’s hot and the summer sky in Greece is awesome, head to the southern suburbs of Athens, next to the sea at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC). It is home to the New National Library of Greece and the Greece National Opera, of which the structure is a modern masterpiece. SNFCC joins the world’s football celebration and you’ll have the chance of watching live-broadcasts of all 63 matches on four extra-large screens at different parts of the Stavros Niarchos Park.
If you want to experience FIFA World Cup in the most alternative part of Athens, grab yourself with a cold beer on the terrace of BIOS in the Metaxourgeio neighbourhood. BIOS is a multifunctional space that includes bars, live music venues, performance and installation spaces and a cinema. For one month, its terrace will be transformed into a World Cup lovers’ destination, with the games projected on the big wall of the adjacent block of apartments, while through wireless headphones you’ll have the real sound. And of course, you’ll also have an amazing urban view of the Acropolis!