Courtesy: Thomas Gravanis

A walk along Patission Avenue, the longest street of Athens, offers more than an exploration of one of the most diverse thoroughfares of the city. It’s a showroom stretch that exhibits one and a half centuries of history, architecture and culture. All you need to know is where to look.

By Paul Pervanas

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An anevue with a view.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Architecture

Patission is like a living, life-size gallery of the city’s rich architectural heritage. We stop by some of the street's most iconic examples of different periods, from Art Nouveau to Mid-century Modernism and beyond.

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History and Culture

Almost every building and facade on Patission has a story to tell. Together, these stories weave the social and cultural fabric of the street, and as a result, the city itself. Some buildings, however, stand out as markers for their significance in the history of not only the country, but the world.

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Flavours

From traditional lunch spots, to lively markets, ethnic delis, syrupy desserts and street food joints, the culinary-minded urban traveller will be pleased to discover that the food landscape of Patission is lush and diverse.

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Parks and Squares

Athens is notoriously known for being densely built and open spaces are sparse. This is why every pocket of green, whether it’s a park, a square, or pedestrianised road, is treasured by locals and put to good use for exercising, dog-walking and socialising.

Daily life along Patission retains the patterns of previous decades and has an almost nostalgic charm. Here you won’t find the specialty coffee and vegan cafés that abound in other parts of town like Pangrati and Koukaki. But certain shops and venues along the street have gained a reputation that stretches to the far ends of the city.

Editor’s Cut

Patission continued, all the way to the Acropolis