A “New” Old Gem in the Historical Center of Athens
This mostly transient neighborhood, from tourist-central Plaka to more residential districts of Athens, was named after a pre-World War II bed-manufacturing factory that was owned by a businessman named Koukakis. Serviced by two metro stations, Acropolis and Fix, this is one of the most sought-after residential areas of Athens, due to its proximity to ancient treasures and specifically, the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which are all only a short walk away.
Also, being the extension of one of the most beautiful districts in Athens, Makrigianni area and the district of Plaka, it has a unique charm, especially in the parts adjacent to Philopappos Hill (Panaetoliou and Arakynthou Streets) – with its beautiful cobbled little roads and the Roman monument by the same name on its top – and to Thission area.
In recent years, two pedestrian-only streets (Drakou and Olymbou streets) have cropped up in the neighborhood, making Koukaki a fantastic destination for a wander. After it became a pedestrian playground, Koukaki has evolved in the hottest fun spot in the city, as new hangouts with an alternative character open one after the other.