Because we all have an appetite for destruction, even on the most relaxing of vacations, take yours and put it to good use at Limba (Greek slang for ‘Smashed’) in Psirri. This rage room allows you to smash anything from wine bottles to actual TV sets. You’ll be provided with the necessary protective gear, including a helmet, gloves, and goggles. Take your pick and let it all out, and for under five euros. Priceless.
If you’re a creative soul and like the sound of making your own piece of classical Athens to take home with you, head to 13Mosaic Studio. In a cheery, air-conditioned art studio, tucked above the hurly burly of Ermou Street in Syntagma, you can embark on a three or five hour mosaic-making workshop hosted in English by the lovely Laura, a mosaics artist who studied in Ravenna, Italy, and her business buddy Marina, a local interior designer. Kick off by hearing about the history and modern manifestation of this popular artform. Next, pick your own pattern to create from a selection that includes mosaic samples from historic Athens sites (like the National Garden or Byzantine Museum). Colour-rich Greek marble is cut by hand and hammer at the studio using the traditional ancient technique. Not only does a self-made mosaic make a novel souvenir, it’s also a great way to carve out some chill time away from the city beat—especially in August. The kids will love it too (it’s suitable for nines and up).