Courtesy: Zoumboulakis Galley

Athens is heaven for art-lovers. The capital’s art scene is red-hot and Athenian galleries are a great place to eavesdrop on what local artists think and feel about current issues. A city art insider distills the vibrant gallery circuit in Athens.

By Kiriakos Spirou

More to see in Kolonaki: Nitra Gallery, Crux Gallery, Athens Art Gallery, Alma Gallery, Evripides Gallery, Skoufa Gallery.

Syntagma

The area between Kolonaki and Syntagma Square mixes state affairs, embassies, museums and high-profile law firms. The galleries here are more than dressed for the part.

More to see in Syntagma: Ikastikos Kiklos DL

Acropolis

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Thissio & Petralona

Low-rise buildings and slow traffic make the urban neighbourhoods of Thissio and Petralona deal for gallery walks and outings. The galleries here are part of the old guard, but never run out of fresh ideas.  

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Monastiraki & Psirri

There's contemporary art even in Athens’ most touristy area, Monastiraki, if you know where to look.

More to see in Monastiraki: a.antonopoulou.art Gallery, TAF The Art Foundation

Metaxourgeio & Keramikos

The plan to posh-up Keramikos and Metaxourgeio back in the Noughties didn't quite stick, but the edgy galleries that relocated here as part of that movement have stayed.

More to see in Metaxourgeio: We Are Bud project space, Athens Municipal Gallery, ATOPOS CVC, Vamiali's Gallery

Ambelokipi

A short walk from Kolonaki and the Athens Concert Hall, the northern slopes of Mount Lycabettus are worth exploring if you'd prefer to veer off the tourist path.

Art adventures in the Athens suburbs

Venture beyond the city centre to discover gallery gems that are well worth your time.

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More outside the city centre: Depo Darm Contemporary Art Space, Rodeo Gallery, Carwan Gallery, The Intermission, DL Gallery