Athens city is filled with interesting alleys and side streets sprinkled with quaint little bars, shops, and eateries. One such street is Ipitou, which is actually a short V-shaped sidewalk surrounded by traditional classical buildings in the historical Plaka neighborhood. Decorated with a few citrus trees, this tiny street is pure bliss to walk through especially during the springtime when the trees are in full blossom.
Part residential, part commercial, Ipitou Street makes for a perfect mix of cozy home and nightlife environment. If you’re looking to grab a morning coffee or custom-made evening drink, there are a couple options here including the tiny but nonetheless chic and welcoming Ipitou and Blue Bird bars.
Situated between the two small Omiros and Central hotels, Ipitou St. is home to a middle school, a building of the American College of Greece, and the University of Indianapolis Athens Campus. In the morning hours it can get pretty loud as children and students flock to class. At night, the place lights up as adults visit for a drink with friends. Ipitou St, can be found just off Mitropoleos St., very close to the famous and popular Ermou St., just a couple minutes walk from the Syntagma Metro Station.
On your way there you will likely notice the evident number of Asian restaurants, as this area has in the past couple years turned into the city’s mini Asia Town! If you’re into sushi, you’re in luck. If not, no worries. Nearby streets offer up some of the best souvlakia in town. You’ll also come across a distinctive antique shop right where Ipitou meets Apollonos St., where an elderly gentleman sets up his items early in the day, and takes them down in the evening, every single day.
It’s best to explore the area by foot, of course, and don’t forget to bring a camera and map (digital or print) with you!