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Nice Hidden Gems

Rue Bonaparte

Set next to the Place Garibaldi, Rue Bonaparte is a stylish network of bars, restaurants and cafes perfect for when you feel like unwinding on your vacation. Despite having lots to enjoy, Rue Bonaparte doesn’t have the same touristy feel as some of the city’s other venues, even in the busier season.

Chateau de Bellet

If you’re a wine fan, the Chateau de Bellet vineyards are definitely worth a trip to see. The combination of rare grapes and sulphurous terrain lead to wines that are quite unique and offer a once in a lifetime chance for any vino lovers. Take the tour and you’ll be able to enjoy the vineyards themselves, as well as the wine cellar and the Belletchapel. And, of course, there’s the chance to participate in tasting sessions.

Galerie Eva Vautier

If you love art but want to avoid the busier venues Galerie Eva Vautier is a great option. It’s based in the Liberation part of Nice town centre, and shows off the best contemporary work from France and beyond. The gallery also regularly puts on cutting-edge expositions, so if you time your trip right you might be able to catch some of Europe’s most compelling work.

La Grande Corniche

The south of France has long attracted driving enthusiasts, and La Grande Corniche is one of the most stunning roads in the region. The scenery along the road – which will take you all the way to Italy, if you want it to! – is jaw-dropping in places, taking in some of southern France’s most beautiful towns, as well as a unique bird’s-eye view of Monaco. For lovers of the road, La Grande Corniche is a must visit.

Coco Beach

For many people, holidays are all about the beach. In Nice, Coco Beach is the hidden gem. It’s never as crowded as the coastline and has an almost tropical feel. There are also a lot of opportunities for diving and climbing on the surrounding rocks. Snorkelling is also an option if you’re an animal lover and want to say hello to the local wildlife.

Légion d’Honneur Garden

For those looking for a little oasis of calm in the heart of the busy and bustling city, the little garden surrounding the Musée Masséna is free to visit and open during daylight hours. Filled with park benches, shrubs, and plenty of cacti and other succulents, this beautiful place to relax is a great location to hang out with friends, enjoy a picnic, or plan your Nice itinerary!

l’Église Sainte Rita de Nice

In the very heart of the Vieux Nice quarter of the city, the Baroque church of Saint Rita dates back to the 1600s. Featuring six side chapels, beautiful frescoed ceilings, and ornate carvings throughout the church, this small yet sumptuous ecclesiastical building is a welcome calm from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the tiny streets of Old Town Nice.

Mini Replica of the Statue of Liberty

Along the Promenade des Anglais, there’s one statue that you won’t want to miss off your list. The teeny tiny Statue of Liberty replica was unveiled along the boardwalk in 2014. You may well not know this, but the original Statue of Liberty (that of NYC) was actually gifted to the people of America by the people of France all those decades ago.

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Must-See places in Nice

Promenade des Anglais

The seaside boardwalk that runs along the Baie des Anges owes its existence to the British tourists who first popularized Nice as a holiday destination in the early 18th century. When hard economic times brought an influx of people to Nice searching for work, some of the wealthy Englishmen proposed paying them to create a walkway along the rocky beach. Today, it’s one of the most famous seaside promenades on the Mediterranean, lined with palm trees, beach cabanas, chic cafés and luxury hotels.

Cours Saleya

A broad promenade situated in Nice’s Old Town, the Cours Saleya is the site of the city’s famous open-air markets. Once a park for Nice’s upper classes, it’s shaded by trees and surrounded with 18th-century mansions, many of which are now home to pubs and restaurants serving Niçois cuisine. Sellers hawk fresh flowers and produce here every morning, Tuesday through Sunday. Antiques and collectibles are sold at the east end of Cours Saleya on Monday mornings.

Cimiez Monastery

A still-functioning monastery in Nice’s hilltop suburb of Cimiez, the Monastère de Cimiez was founded in the 9th century by Benedictine monks. Located near a cluster of Roman ruins and the Musée Matisse is an ancient church and museum that features art and documents from the 15th to 18th centuries, including three works painted by the Bréa brothers in the 1400s. Offering panoramic views of Nice and the Baie des Anges, the monastery also features exquisite gardens and the cemetery where the artist Henri Matisse is buried.

Promenade du Paillon

The recently opened Promenade du Paillon is a broad parkway that stretches from the Promenade des Anglais to the Théâtre National de Nice. Designed by landscape architect Michel Pena, it follows the path of the Paillon river, which was covered over in the late 19th century. The promenade features children’s playgrounds, greens spaces, gardens and a massive reflecting pool equipped with 128 water jets and fountains that spray water in a random pattern.

Musee Marc Chagall

Located in the hilly suburb of Cimiez on Nice’s northern border, the Musée Marc Chagall houses one of the largest collections of works by the modernist Russian-French artist. Created during Chagall’s lifetime, the museum was designed to showcase his Message Biblique series of 17 paintings depicting scenes from the Bible. Chagall also created the colorful outdoor mosaic that overlooks the garden pond. More than 800 works by Chagall have been added to the collection since the museum opened in 1973.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

The Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas is the largest of its kind in Western Europe, and with its ornate façade and blue onion domes topped with the glimmering gold crosses, it’s arguably the most beautiful too. Completed in 1912, the cathedral was built to accommodate the growing number of Russian aristocrats who wintered in Nice. The cathedral’s construction was funded by Czar Nicholas II in memoriam of his heir, Nicholas Alexandrovitch, who died in Nice in 1865.

Musee Matisse

A 17th-century villa in the hills of Cimiez in the north part Nice is home to an expansive collection of works by the French artist Henri Matisse. The artist first came to Nice in 1917 and remained in the city until his death in 1954. He spent his final years living in a building located across from the place that would become the Musée Matisse. Opened in 1963, the museum houses hundreds of paintings, gouaches, drawings, prints and sculptures made by the French master, and features a large collection of personal items that belonged to Matisse as well.

Place Massena

The cultural center of Nice, the Place Masséna is the city’s largest square and the main gathering place for community events and seasonal festivals. Surrounded by 17th-century architecture, it links the Old Town quarter with the city’s commercial district. After rebuilding a tramway transportation system, the square was designated a pedestrian-only zone, and an art installation by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was installed. The piece consists of sculptures atop tall pillars scattered around the plaza. A large fountain featuring a statue of Apollo stands as the centerpiece of the square.

Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill)

Little remains of the medieval fortress that once guarded Nice’s Vieux Ville from high atop a rocky hill, but the place where the Colline du Château stood still attracts visitors. Now a scenic park, Castle Hill offers spectacular views of the Old Town and shoreline below. Travelers can climb the 213 steps to the hill’s summit or can shorten the trek by taking the elevator located near the Hotel Suisse. In addition to crumbling castle walls, there’s a waterfall, several cafés, a children’s play area and a cemetery worth exploring.

Vieux Nice

Also known as Vieux Ville, Nice’s Old Town stretches from the foot of Castle Hill to the Place Masséna, the city’s main square. A maze of narrow streets punctuated with broad promenades, the medieval quarter evokes the time in history when Nice was allied with independent Italian states. Streets are lined with structures adorned with Italianate façades, faded gold paint and red-tile roofs. While many of the buildings now house shops and eateries that cater to tourists, Vieux Nice remains home to locals too. It’s one of the best areas to sample the region’s pastries and Niçois-style pizzas.

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Nice Restaurants

Bistrot d’Antoine – Gourmet Food at Great Prices.

In one of Old Nice’s bustling cobblestone streets, Bistro d’Antoine is not to be missed. This temple of gastronomic food is a Michelin starred restaurant with refined French cuisine. You can enjoy traditional dishes (like foie gras) in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Don’t forget to book in advance, because the restaurant is usually booked up a few days in advance. They don’t have a website, but our receptionists would be happy to call for you! Ask for a table on the 1st floor where it’s coziest.

Address: Bistrot d’Antoine, 27 rue de la Préfecture, Vieux Nice (Old Town)

Bar des Oiseaux

The Bar des Oiseaux offer revisited seasonal dishes with a fresh menu that changes daily. Here, fresh pasta reigns supreme. On the menu, you will find fresh ravioli and seafood linguine based on the day’s catch, all at reasonable prices and served in a lively atmosphere with pop-art décor. You will need to book in advance to get a table here!

Address: Bar des Oiseaux 5 Rue Saint-Vincent, Nice

Peixes

Head here for some of the best seafood in the city. Peixes means fish in Portuguese and Catalan – this restaurant’s menu is geared towards all the delights of the big blue. You’ll find delicious and fresh ingredients, a relaxed and inviting décor, professional service, and beautiful and tasty cuisine for a good price.

Address: Peixes, 4 Rue de l’Opéra, Nice

Cafe de Turin

The Café de Turin is a landmark for seafood lovers and has been a culinary institution in Nice for more than 100 years. Here, you’ll taste the freshest seafood served in their bountiful seafood platters, in a chic and relaxed brasserie atmosphere. The menu has a wide selection of shellfish and crustaceans of high quality; if you love sea-food, this is a must. You can also grab takeaway service from their walk-up seafood bar, Jo l’Écailler.

Address: Cafe de turin, 5 place Garibaldi, Nice

Comptoir du Marche

Brought to you by the same family as the Bistrot d’Antoine, the Comptoir du Marché combines friendly service, a relaxed atmosphere, and quality cuisine, at very reasonable prices. Every day the talented chefs decide the menu from fresh produce at the Fruit and Flower Market nearby. The food is both simple and sophisticated, and certainly delicious. You can enjoy classics like lamb shank stew, beef with sliced Roquefort, fresh tuna with coconut and artichokes. And for dessert, French toast or petit pot of chocolate cream.

Address: Le comptoir du marché, 8 rue du marché, Nice

Di Piu

Di Più offers tasty and affordable Italian food with an unbeatable sea-side view; their giant patio has seating for more than one hundred, and locals and tourists alike flock here. Quantities are generous, with fresh ingredients and produce. The décor is chic and relaxed, and from the tables you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Bay of Angels.

Address: Di Piu, 85 Quai des États-Unis, Nice

Le Galet

One of the many restaurants lining the coast of Nice, Le Galet’s tables are set right down on the beach, so you can enjoy your food with the gentle sound of the surf against the pebbles and the fresh sea air complimenting their dishes. They have lounge-chairs for rent to enjoy a cocktail on the beach after your meal. The restaurant is very new, but from a well-established restauranteur group in Nice; professional, chic and very relaxed.

Address: Le Galet, 3 Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Le Canon

A little golden nugget of a bistro with moleskine benches and a 100% natural wine list. It’s an ideal places to go for dinner with a hot date. There’s no menu here. Instead you’ll find a changing spectrum of dishes that change with the seasons, according to whatever is delivered from local producers. The kitchen keep things simple, letting the top drawer produce shine – think bold green asparagus and perfect tender lamb.

Address: 23, rue Meyerbeer 06000 Nice

La Merenda

One of the city’s institutions! Dominique Le Stanc – former chef of Negresco – is the innkeeper here, highlighting Nice’s traditional cuisine in a comfortable retro space. Mad Men fans will love the decor and everyone will love the food. Think menton pie (containing dandelion and anchovies), gorgonzola polenta and veal tripe. All are delicious, but the star of the show is the most perfect daube de boeuf à la Provençale (orange and beef tail).

Address: 4, Rue Raoul Bosio – 06300 Nice

Le Plongeoir

An architectural feat, Le Plongeoir stands on the rocks facing the sea, offering breathtaking views of the water. It’s a place to spend an evening people-watching the in-crowd. It’s hard to outdo the carefully prepared food here. It makes many references to traditional cuisine, even going so far as to offer a super-local menu – with salad niçoise, cod with meat juice and ravioli with herbs and lemon meringue pie.

Address: 60 Boulevard Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice

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Amsterdam Hidden Gems

Amsterdam’s Hidden Gems

With its wealth of world famous museums, galleries and historical monuments, Amsterdam is a haven for culturally minded sightseers. But look beyond the main attractions and there are secrets and stories around every corner;

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De Waag

The oldest remaining non-religious building in Amsterdam, Now a pleasant restaurant in the heart of a square that overlooks a particularly pretty canal, you would never have guessed that De Waag was once part of the historic city walls of Amsterdam. Dating all the way back to the 15th-century, De Waag is the oldest non-religious building in the Dutch capital and has since been used as a guildhall, museum, fire station and anatomical theatre.

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Amsterdamse Bos

Covering an area of almost 1000 hectares, the Amsterdamse Bos is one of the largest city parks in Europe. It contains 150 indigenous species of trees and over 200 species of birds. The park sits to the South of central Amsterdam and can easily be reached by bike, tram or metro from the city center.

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Blijburg

Blijburg is based on the eastside of the Central Station. Its large beach on the IJ lake is perfect for kids to run around in, which is a common sight during the day. At night Blijburg is trendy in a relaxed alternative sort of way with parties where Amsterdam’s respected DJ’s do their thing.

The restaurant offers food influenced by a mix of Spanish, French and African cuisine. Blijburg has a strong focus on organic and biological ingredients. It’s relaxed atmosphere and music make this one of the locals’ favorite city beaches. Blijburg is a 15 minute ride on tram 26 from Central Station.

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Eating the Best Cookie in Amsterdam at Van Stapele Koekmakerij

Crumbly, warm, and still fresh from the oven: “the best cookies in Amsterdam” are often said to be those from Van Stapele Koekmakerij. Located down a little cobbled alley off Spui and close to Amsterdam’s main Begijnhof, you’ll smell this nostalgic sweet shop before you even see it. Often with a long line out the door and decorated in traditional wooden furniture, this is one bakery you won’t want to miss off your Amsterdam bucket list.

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The Netherlands’ oldest Jewish cemetery

The Beth Haim cemetery at Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is filled with hauntingly ornate gravestones carved in marble and featuring beautiful symbolism and inscriptions in Dutch, Portuguese and Hebrew. The graves belong to Spanish and Portuguese Jews who fled to the Netherlands in the 17th century, along with their descendants. Among other public figures buried here, Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel was a colleague and collaborator of Rembrandt.

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Shop at the Waterlooplein Flea Market

One of the larger and better flea markets in the city, that of Waterlooplein is the oldest of its kind in the Netherlands. For 6 days a week, every week, some 300 vendors tout their wares in this 19th-century marketplace. Antiques, vintage clothing, and antiquarian books are all to be found for sale here, making this a treasure trove of hidden gems and the kind of place where you’ll never know what you’ll stumble upon next!

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De Otter Windmill

A little way out of the city centre, De Otter windmill is in the non-touristy ‘windmill district’ to the North of Jordaan. Once upon a time, just under fifty windmills graced the landscape here. Predominantly used as sawmills, just one 17th-century windmill is still in existence today, De Otter Windmill.
Constructed as early as 1631, this wind-powered mill is sadly closed to the public, but can still be admired from the exterior! Nearby, the district is more residential than some of the other Amsterdam districts and is filled with parks, houses, and fewer shops than in Centraal.

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Secret Library in the Rijksmuseum(Cuypers Library)

You may well not know this (I certainly didn’t back when I visited the Rijksmuseum a couple of years ago!), but there’s actually a secret library in the Rijksmuseum. All wooden shelving and books stacked from floor to ceiling, wandering inside this hidden gem feels akin to stepping back in time, right into the 19th-century.

The Rijksmuseum Research Library is accessible to the public with and it’s the largest public art library of its kind in the Netherlands. For more information on how to visit the Renaissance and Gothic Cuypers library, check the library’s website. Otherwise, if you’re planning to enjoy the highlights and secrets of the Rijksmuseum, then book your skip-the-line ticket here in advance.

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Must-See Places in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Best Place to Go

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Rijksmuseum

One of the most popular places to visit in Amsterdam for art fanatics, this Museum goes back to 1809 when it was built to house the brilliant art and antiques of the nation in more than 250 rooms. There is also a huge library with an extensive collection of more than 35,000 books and manuscripts. Traditional handicrafts, medieval sculpture, and modern art styles are also on display here. You can hire an Amsterdam tourist guide or take a language guided tour of this museum.

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Anne Frank House

This is one of the most popular historical Amsterdam attractions. There cannot be a trip to this city without a visit to this house first. Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who lived at the time of the Second World War. While hiding from the Nazis she left a diary that describes the hardships her community went through. This museum contains the building where Anne’s family remained in hiding.

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Van Gogh Museum

If you are wondering what to see in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh museum is an ideal pick. 1.5 million visitors flock to the museum annually which makes it one of the most important art galleries in the world. Gogh’s tragic life and extraordinary talent make it the second most visited museum in Amsterdam. There are more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 700 letters from Van Gogh that are on display here.

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 Begijnhof

If you are looking for some calm and serenity, this is one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam. It is one of the oldest hofjes and is primarily a group of historic buildings. It was originally a Béguinage and in present times is the site of two churches, the Catholic Houten Huys and the English Reformed Church. It has a secluded garden where one can enjoy a peaceful time as well as wondrous Mondrian-designed pulpit panels.

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Vondelpark

Amsterdam’s most popular park, it allures thousands of tourists and residents everyday. It is home to many restaurants and cafés, including the Blauwe Theehuis, Café Vertigo, Vondelpark3, De Vondeltuin, and the Groot Melkhuis. There is a skate rental shop, an open-air theatre, and a rose garden with more than 70 types of roses in the park.

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Heineken Brewery

This is one of the best places to visit near Amsterdam, especially if you are a beer buff. It started in 1864 and a tour around the brewery will help you understand the Heineken magic that works behind beer-making. We would recommend you buy a VIP tour where you can taste 5 different beer types with complimentary fromages.

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Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Located in Dam Square, it is one of the most popular places to visit in Amsterdam on every tourist’s list. It was earlier a town hall but is now in hands of the state and used for Royal Official Dutch functions by the family. The palace remains opens to visitors throughout the year who love to look at the Citizen’s Hall at one of the best Amsterdam attractions.

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Keukenhof

Famed as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is one of the largest flower gardens in the world and is situated in South Holland. When you are exploring Amsterdam, you can easily head to Keukenhof as it just 40 mins drive away from Amsterdam. If are a lover of tulips you should visit the garden in mid-April. Don’t forget to add this place to your itinerary as it will completely bewitch you!

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EYE-Film Museum

This is one of the most interesting places to visit in Amsterdam. It is located in a building that resembles a spaceship on the main waterfront of the city and is an expansive archive for Dutch films. Many screenings for international and Dutch films are organised here that are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

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Amsterdam Restaurants

Dining in Amsterdam

Surprise your senses with the authentic restaurants in Amsterdam;
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The White Room

(With its tall columns and metallic flourishes, it would perhaps be more accurate to call this restaurant the “White and Gold Room.” Jokes aside, it’s considered the oldest restaurant in Amsterdam, having opened in 1885 inside the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square.

The wine list mixes well-known and surprising bottles, including many natural wines. Guests have the option to add wine pairings with the tasting menus.)

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Librije’s Zusje

Librije’s Zusje is like a posh cocoon—gray walls, plush chairs, white table clothes—hidden away inside the Waldorf Astoria and overlooking a garden. The intimacy is a fitting ambiance for the sister restaurant to the renowned, three-Michelin-starred De Librije (“zusje” literally means sister in Dutch), in the northeastern city of Zwolle.

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Vermeer

Vermeer offers a simple choice between four, five and six courses. The ingredients are all seasonal, so the dishes vary daily. Our Sommelier has selected forty top wines specially chosen to compliment your menu. For the wine connoisseur there is also a very well-stocked wine cellar, representing the whole world of wine.

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Moon

Moon is the kind of place you go to impress a date or a client: Chef Jaimie van Heije’s multicourse tasting menus have as much wow factor as setting on the 19th floor of the A’DAM Tower, with panoramic views of the city.

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Proeflokaal A. van Wees

This brown cafe, in operation since 1973 on the Herengracht, is located inside a former distillery dating back to the 19th century.

Sandwiches, salads, soups, bar snacks, and fondue made from Dutch cheese.It’s the perfect place to refuel with a snack or drink while shopping in the Nine Streets.

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De Vier Pilaren

Just across the Marriott hotel near the Leidseplein,in a little beautiful park (het Leidsebosje) stands the typically Dutch Poffertjes & Pancake house. The “poffertjeskraam” used to travel the carnivals(funfairs) of Holland,but is now (almost 20 years) a favorite among tourists & locals forPoffertjes & Pancakes.For the pancake. It’s been used: *organic flour *fresh fruits*Dutch cheese *Dutch bacon/ham only.

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Gastrobar

(Much like the cuisine, the design at Ron Gastrobar is stylish yet accessible—clean lines, neutral tones, and an open kitchen. It’s the brainchild of chef/owner Ron Blaauw, one of the most well-known culinarians in Amsterdam. In 2013, he closed his two-Michelin-starred restaurant and reopened this more easygoing spot in its stead. Since then, the Gastrobar has been setting the tone for Amsterdam’s unpretentious, next-gen dining scene.Ron Gastrobar attracts a discerning crowd of enthusiast eaters of both the local and touristic variety.

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De Kas

De Kas has its own greenhouses and garden near the restaurant, where we grow vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. We also have a large field about 10 kilometres from Amsterdam in the Beemster region, where we grow seasonal vegetables outdoors.

With 8-metre high glass it provides spectacular views during the day and is beautifully lit at night. Our advanced heating and air conditioning system makes it a pleasant place to enjoy a meal in both summer and winter.

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Must-see attractions in Athens

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The Acropolis

Few sights in the world compare to Athens’ Acropolis, with its Parthenon temple perched high on a rocky crag keeping watch over centuries of civilization. The Acropolis is one of the world’s most breathtaking ancient ruins. A reminder of the glory of ancient Athens, the Acropolis was the center of the ancient city and functioned as a citadel in its protected hilltop location.

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National Gardens and the Zappeion

Located next to the Greek parliament, the National Garden is a large green space behind the Temple of Olympian Zeus and home to the Zappeion. If you have had enough sun during your day of sightseeing, this is a quiet, shady place to relax and cool off. Inviting trails lead through tall trees and offer a reprieve from the busy streets. It’s also a free attraction in Athens.

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Ancient Agora: Ruins of the Marketplace

The ancient Agora was the marketplace and the center of everyday life in ancient Athens. For an impressive view of the Agora from afar, head to the north wall of the Acropolis or the roads from the Areopagus.

The best place to enter the Agora is at the north gate off Adrianoú Street (near the Church of Saint Philip). The Greek word “Agora” means to “gather and orate,” indicating that this site was a location of public speaking. The Agora was a place of administration and commerce as well as the meeting place of the Agora tou Dimou, a civic decision-making group. Athletic events and theater performances were also held here.

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The Roman Agora & Hadrian’s Library

Adjacent to the Ancient Agora is the site of the Roman Agora. While it may all seem like one site, these buildings were constructed later, and construction eventually moved on to the site of the Ancient Agora. One of the easily recognizable sites here is the Tower of the Winds.

On the edge of the Roman Agora is the ancient Hadrian’s Library, founded by Emperor Hadrian in AD 132. Even later, during Byzantine times, three churches were built near the site of the library.

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Olympieion: Temple of Olympian Zeus

Dedicated to Zeus, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, also called the Olympieion, was the largest temple in ancient Greece. Though the Parthenon is better preserved, the Temple of Olympian Zeus was an even more monumental structure in its day. The temple dates to the sixth century BC but was not completed until the second century AD by the Emperor Hadrian. In front of the Olympieion, not far from the entrance, stands Hadrian’s Arch at the end of Dionysiou Areopagitou.

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Panathenaic Stadium & Olympic Stadium

Ancient Athens’s largest building, the Panathenaic Stadium, has a capacity for 60,000 spectators. Constructed around 335 BC during the era of Herodes Atticus, the venue hosted the Panathenaic Games.

where runners competed in races around the track. The 204-meter-long track was designed with four double herms, where runners would turn in the races.

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Discover Athens Hidden Gems

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Panathenaic Stadium & Olympic Stadium

Ancient Athens’s largest building, the Panathenaic Stadium, has a capacity for 60,000 spectators. Constructed around 335 BC during the era of Herodes Atticus, the venue hosted the Panathenaic Games.

where runners competed in races around the track. The 204-meter-long track was designed with four double herms, where runners would turn in the races.

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Athens urban street life distilled

There is a small street called Melanthiou in the area of Psiri, in the center of Athens. In the last few years, this area transformed from a drug area into a cyclists’ joint. One of the pioneers of this movement is Welsh Gareth Jones, who came from London to open a bike store here.

At Melanthiou street you will find everything and everyone who has ties to biking philosophy in the city: the bike store VCA, Handlebar cafe, the Bondex cyclist couriers, along with Silver 925 graffiti store and creative design studio Pi6. You can come and drink your coffee while your bike is being fixed or eat something at very low prices. The best time to visit Melanthiou street is in the evening when people are gathered at small tables by the road and it all creates a single company.

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The Diomidous Botanical Garden

The Diomidous Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden of the eastern Mediterranean. It was founded in 1952, and in 1975 it was opened to the general public. In its area of 470 acres, you can find trees and bushes can be found from all over the world, as well as plants mentioned in Greek mythology and history, like the myrtle of Aphrodite and Socrates’ hemlock.

Our local Andreas recommends a picnic under the shade of the trees, in one of the outdoor monastery-type tables, where you can meet other groups or families rolling around on the grass.

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Theatre of Dionysus

Heralded as the world’s first theater, these ruins are often overlooked as they reside in the shadows of the Acropolis.

THIS SITE IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED by tourists to the region who opt to visit the more well-known Acropolis. However, the significance of this ancient site can’t be understated.

Nestled along the slopes of the Acropolis in Athens are the ruins of the Theatre of Dionysus. The structure dates back to the 6th century BC and is believed to be the first theatre ever constructed. It was originally developed as a site for religious practices and festivals dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine and plays.

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Tower of the Winds

An ancient octagonal weather station named for the eight Greek gods of wind. Most ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES IN ATHENS are old temples, but this ancient structure had a scientific purpose. When it was constructed at the end of the 2nd century BCE, the Tower of the Winds included sundials, a clepsydra (water clock), and a weather vane, effectively making it the first meteorological station in the world.

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Pnyx

Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianized Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centerpiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.

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National Archaeology Museum

Founded in the 19th century, Athens’ National Archaeological Museum is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the greatest antiquities museums in the world.

The museum is housed in an impressive Neoclassical building with 8,000 square meters of exhibition space. On display are five permanent collections with more than 11,000 exhibits, offering a comprehensive overview of Greek civilization from prehistory through the classical period to late antiquity.

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Museum of Cycladic Art

In the Kolonáki quarter, the Museum of Cycladic Art was created in 1986 by the Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris Foundation. The shipowner Nikolas P. Goulandris was a well-known patron of the arts and cultural life in Athens. Goulandris’ own collection forms the core of the museum’s exhibits.

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Visit the seaside: wave watching at Piraeus

One of Athens’ hidden gems is its seafront. Hardly anyone ever thinks to go there. Head to Piraeus, and take your time strolling along the seafront, watching the waves kiss the shore and local children chase their shadows. It’s a calm and beautiful spot, a world away from central Athens with only 20 minutes spent behind the wheel.

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Church of the Holy Apostles

On the site of the ancient Agora, the Church of the Holy Apostles was the only building left standing when this entire quarter of Athens was demolished to excavate the Agora archaeological site. Built in the 10th century, the church stands above a nymphaion (sacred spring).

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The Best Restaurants in Athens

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A little Taste of Home

We are proud to prepare for your global food journey, with dishes full of history and stories. Our food is: Nutritious, healthy & wholesome – home food made with care Made with fresh & flavorful ingredients – we prepare daily Simple– you know what you are eating and is well described for you Relish a friendly service in a relaxing environment

Address: Dekeleon 3 Gazi, Athens 11854 Greece

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Smak

“Smak” in Swedish means “taste”. Smak. is a street food restaurant situated in the heart of Athens that stood out from the very beginning for its unique, fresh, long-maturation dough, as well as for its live-cooking. We offer you pizza and the traditional peinirli, all being baked on hot baking stone in merely 2 minutes. Our menu consists of savoury and sweet flavours that are made of the finest ingredients. You can enjoy your meal here or take-away.

Address: Romvis 21, Athens 10560 Greece

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Oroscopo

Specialized in Modern Greek Cuisine, Pizza & Pasta, tastes at all times with the freshest ingredients being used and the passion for food in a combination with the wine list full by a variety of Greek labels, Oroscopo Restaurant can satisfy even the most demanding customer. Located in the centre of Athens, next to Hilton and Caravel hotels, Oroscopo restaurant offers free wifi to all customers. You also have the opportunity to dine indoors in the airconditioned hall or at our outdoors tables near the square!

Address: Antínoros 42-44 Plateía Caravel, Athens 161 21 Greece

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Efcharis

In the center of the historic center of Athens, next to your Hadrian’s Gate waiting to share good Greek food. We offer a wide variety of breakfast, coffee, juices and authentic Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by our own homemade wine. Efcharis was recently renovated, so as to remind of a traditional yard.

Address: 49A Adrianou Monastiraki, Athens 105 55 Greece

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Aleria

The restaurant is a perfectly restored villa from the early years of the previous century. The decor strikes the perfect balance between luxury and ambience, creating an atmosphere which is quite formal but still unpretentious, cozy and elegant. The restaurant’s creative cuisine has been awarded many times and promises to impress you with a brilliant parade of re-synthesized Greek cuisine The chef Gikas Xenakis is one of the best proponents of the New Greek Cuisine movement which now attracts the most talented chefs in Greece

Address: 57 Megalou Alexandrou Metaxourgeio, Athens 104 35 Greece

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Lithos

Lithos is a Greek Tavern operating since 1996 Taste excellent greek food Located in the heart of Athens, area Psiri- (Historical Center of Athens) . It is a neighborhood of contrasts harmoniously blending the old with the new and rapidly turning into the Soho district of Athens near Monasteraki section of Athens Lithos Tavern is : Only few Blocks away from the Metro station Monastiraki Private Dining.

Address: Aisopou 17 Psirri, Athens Greece

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Diodos Archaias Agoras

Diodos is a unique restaurant in Athens, located onto Adrianou street, next to historical Orthodox church of Saint Philip, close to ancient Panathineon street, that leads to Acropolis hill since antiquity. Diodos’ menu combines a variety of fresh fish, beef and meat dishes (including lamb), Greek salads (you can try Diodos salad), combined with pies (traditional spinach pies) traditional ouzo and cold beers.

Address: 19 Adrianou Monastiraki, Athens 105 55 Greece

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Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani

“Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani” brings you the traditional tastes of Byzantium & Cappadokia, right on your table. At Fromagerie you may buy from our carefully selected collection of aged greek cheese. At Charcuterie you may taste the awarded “Sary” cold cuts. At Grocery you can select from a variety of exceptional gourmet, PDO and PGA food products of small scale, Greek producers.

Address: Sokratous 1 Evripidou 52, Athens 105 52 Greece

Vienna Attractions
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Must-See places in Vienna

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Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg Palace in Vienna provides an authentic view into the daily life of what was once the center of the powerful Hasburg dynasty, a family that once ruled the Austria-Hungry empire. The house of Hasburg was one of the most important dynasties in Europe at the time as it produced some of the kings that ruled Western Europe for several decades starting from the 15th century. It also owned the Roman Empire throne during this time which was a significant source of power.

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Belvedere Complex

The Belvedere is an integral part of Vienna’s historic scene, consisting of several palaces and an orangery that dates back to the late 17th century. It consists of the Baroque palaces, the Lower and Upper Belvedere; palace stables and the Orangery, all set in a Baroque-style park. Prince Eugene of Savoy had the complex built for this summer home. During the French Revolution, the palaces served as home to French royalty fleeing their country. The Belvedere is stunning to look at during the night when it is all lit up, and well as provides great views of Vienna.

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Burggarten

The Burggarten is a once-royal garden that is a bit of England in Vienna, as it is patterned after English gardens. The Burggarten was the court garden for the Hapsburg rulers. One Austrian ruler, Kaiser Franz II used to work in the garden, which is now a place where people can enjoy outdoor lunches on pleasant days. A memorial to that great Austrian composer, Mozart, can be found in one corner of the garden, while the Palmenhaus, a magnificent glass palm house, is located in the northern part. The left part of the Palmenhaus houses the Schmettlerlinghaus where visitors can see tropical butterflies and even bats.

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Graben

Graben is one of the most famous streets in central Vienna. The word Graben means “trench” in German, and dates back to an old Roman encampment in the Austrian capital. Back in those days, Vienna was surrounded by a city wall, with a trench alongside of it. The trench was later filled in and became one of the first residential streets in Vienna. Craftsmen originally lived in wooden houses on the Graben, but it gradually evolved into a market place and later residences for the city’s elite. Today it is an up-scale shopping promenade, with many local specialties such as Wien Porzellan

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Vienna State Opera

No visit to Vienna is complete without going to see an opera. The city is synonymous with the majestic art form and the Vienna State Opera is the perfect place to go and watch a performance.

Opened in 1869 on the Ringstrasse, much of the opera house was destroyed by a bomb during the Second World War and it was rebuilt in 1955 in the form of the elegant high Renaissance building we see before us today. The interior is equally opulent, with its marble staircases, luxurious lobbies and the breathtaking auditorium itself.

With numerous operas, ballets and classical concerts being performed daily, the Vienna State Opera has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Albertina

Located in Vienna’s Innere Stadt, the Albertina hosts an amazing collection of artworks, including drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

Once part of the city’s old fortifications, the Albertina has stood since the 17th century and was renovated into a palace before becoming an art museum. Home to one of the most extensive and important print rooms on Earth, the collection is wonderful to explore. Masterpieces by da Vinci, Bruegel the Elder and Toulouse-Lautrec are on display.

In addition to its delightful permanent collection, temporary exhibitions ensure that this is a place worth returning to for both locals and tourists.

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Prater

Prater is a large public park located in Leopoldstadt. Its huge green spaces make it a popular spot among locals and tourists alike. While many people visit to relax and unwind amongst the greenery, an amusement park, museum, and even a disco are situated within the park. While wandering around the park, make sure to take a ride in the huge Ferris Wheel that towers over Prater – the views are breathtaking.

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Naturhistorisches Museum

Vienna’s Natural History Museum is one of the most important of its kind in the world and is remarkably home to over 30 million objects.

The 39 exhibition rooms cover everything from precious stones and dinosaurs to prehistoric art and stuffed animals. Visitors will learn a lot from its fascinating displays and exhibits. Just as stunning as the extensive collection is the beautiful palace itself, featuring elegant galleries, staircases, and lobbies. Built in the late nineteenth century, the Natural History Museum is located on the Ringstrasse and is identical to the Kunsthistorisches Museum which lies directly in front of it.

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KunstHausWien

Designed by esteemed architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the KunstHausWien is mesmerizing to behold due to its eclectic exterior – sure to look unlike anything you’ve ever seen before; straight lines hardly feature at all.

The interior is equally bewitching to wander around with its undulating floors, and Hundertwasser’s art pieces are fascinating for their unique look and design. Temporary exhibitions mean that many local residents return time and time again to this special museum.

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Parliament Building

Located on the Ringstrasse, the elegant Parliament Building was built in Greek Revival style. It is here that the Austrian Parliament holds its sessions. Classic Greek architecture was decided upon due to democracy’s link with Ancient Greece; its brilliantly white columns and marvelous bronze statues are wonderful to behold, while the lovely Pallas Athene Fountain stands in the foreground of the building. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna, the Parliament Building is well worth visiting for its spectacular design and importance to the country.