Ouzo and meze with a view of the sea in the Piraeus Peninsula or near to Hatzikyriakio. Fresh fish, high quality wine, coffee and drinks, in fish-tavernas and coffee bars along the coast of Mikrolimano, an area which has the feel of a Greek island. Creative cuisine in Castella. Clubbing in the warehouses behind Akti Kondili. Coffee in Zea Marina…Postmodern taverns, all-day and gourmet restaurants, picturesque old taverns, taverns selling meze, traditional coffee shops, Greek and International music clubs, countless choices for coffee, drinks and cocktails in the evening: That’s the Piraeus of dining and entertainment which is enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors every day.
In the past Pireaus was famous for its traditional cafes, hangouts, and folk music (rebetiko) joints. Today some of these remain in areas like Hatzikiriakeio, Drapetsona, the market opposite the dock where the boats of the Saronic Gulf moor, Kaminia, and near the central Korai square.
Cosmopolitan yet picturesque, alternative, modern but without forgetting its past, always alive and cheerful, Piraeus holds endless surprises for visitors as they explore its many different faces. In Mikrolimano, Zea Marina and Piraeus Peninsula you will find a wide variety of cafe-bars. For clubbing you may visit the area of the warehouses behind Akti Kondili. Enjoy yourself in style. Drink your cocktail and dance listening to Greek or foreign music.
Piraeus Peninsula - Freatida Walk
Begin your walk from the end of Themistokleous coast, in the Piraeus Peninsula, right after the facilities of the Naval Academy. The first cove that you meet is called Skafaki, the second “Baikoutsis’s” and the third one Venus or Palaska. Leaving behind you the concrete cross, a monument dedicated to the Unknown Sailor, you find yourselves in Freatida Bay which owes its name to an institution of ancient Attic law, the “Criminal Court in Freatida” one of the five ancient criminal courts. In Freatida there is also the municipal beach. It is a sandy and pebbled beach, while there are swings and slides for children and beach volley net for adults. The Piraeus Peninsula is full of taverns and ouzeri and attracts people from Piraeus, Athens as well as foreign visitors. Besides fresh fish, it’s worth tasting fried shrimps with fresh tomato sauce and feta cheese and clams that are served with plain lemon.
The Piraeus Peninsula looks magical at sunset offering amazing views of the islands of Aegina and Salamis. The rocks, the people strolling around, the chapel of St. Nicholas, the imposing cross -all painted with the shades of orange and purple. This spot is ideal for lovers or for those who wish to make a special wedding and then a romantic walk and take photographs that will remain unforgettable.
Dilaveri Coast - Mikrolimano Walk
Dilaveri coast and Mikrolimano look -especially in the summer- like a village of a Cycladian island which is crowded by holidaymakers. Here your stroll will not be limited to Mikrolimano. You can start from where Dilaveri coast begins, from the picturesque church of Panagia Mirtidiotissa. You will meet on your left hand an artificial channel, an anchorage for fishing boats and small boats. On the coastal road up to the Nautical Club of Greece you are going to meet lounge bars and cafes as well as fast food restaurants. Wandering alongside the coast you will reach Koumoundourou coast, full of fish restaurants. In the vertical streets climbing up to Castella hill, you will find various bars, clubs and creperie.
The narrow streets of Castella are ideal to wander around. Between the houses, balconies and public lampposts unique views of the harbor and the masts of ships are revealed in the depth of the roads. The view from the hilltop to the east, directly in front of Veakeio Theatre, is magnificent, since the entire coast from Mikrolimano up to Glyfada unfolds before your eyes.
Clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts, jewellery, designer brand boutiques and traditional markets: The retail centre of Piraeus is a shopper’s paradise! You will find brand names and other shops with clothes and accessories in Vasileos Georgiou Avenue, Grigoriou Labraki Avenue and Iroon Politechniou. The best known pedestrian shopping street is Sotiros Dios: Should you be tired you can also make a stop for coffee and refreshments in the cafe-restaurants along this street. The roads leading off Sotiros Dios such as Kolokotroni, Karaiskou, Alkiviadou, Ypsilandou and Praxitelous are also full of stores. Jewelers are situated in Vasileos Georgiou Avenue. Tsamadou str., near the Municipal Theatre, is a very popular shopping area featuring bookshops, shops with travel items, sweets and nuts etc. Finally, in Piraeus you will find traditional markets were you will buy fresh fruit and groceries, spices and herbs from the Greek countryside such as thyme, oregano, basil and many more.