Skoufa Street

NileGuide Expert Says:

Whether you want to rise above the commoners or just watch the sort that do, Skoufa makes a great place to mingle with money.



NileGuide Expert tip:

The favorite Sunday morning pastime of an Athenian: a few hours with a newspaper at an established sidewalk cafe next to Agios Dionysios.


Skoufa street was named after Nikolaos Skoufas, one of the three Filiki Eterias, "Society of Friends" of wealthy Greek citizens and expatriates who wanted to overthrow the Ottoman Empire in the 10th century. His bust is shown in the main square of Kolonaki along with two founders of the society, Tsakalov and Anagnastopoulos.

These days, however, Skoufa Street is synonymous with high society; pricey boutique shopping, cafes, and bars worth their weight in snob appeal are clustered around the grand Agios Dionysios Areopagitis church, serving as the main church of Athens while the National Cathedral undergoes restoration and repairs, meaning that on Sundays one can watch the who's who of Athens politics streaming up and down the church's steps.

Get there by wandering up Amerikis from Syntagma Square. The street turns into Lykavittou and intersects with Skoufa just under the steps of Agios Dionysios Areopagitis. Alternatively take the red line metro to Panepistimiou and exit at the National Library. Walk back toward Syntagma Square and turn left just past the Academy of Arts and Sciences on Omirou Street.


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