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Psirri, Athens

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Psyri or Psiri or Psyrri or Psirri is a gentrified neighbourhood in Athens, Greece, today known for its restaurants, bars, live music tavernas, and small number of hotels.DescriptionUntil the early 1990s, Psyri had an ill reputation, but it has now become one of the most fashionable and trendy choices in the centre of Athens for accommodation, entertainment and food hospitality.The central square of Psyri is called "Heroes square" (πλατεία Ηρώων, plateia Iroon), because the streets leading to it carry names of heroes (Karaiskakis, Miaoulis). In the era of the 'old Athens' (namely, during the last quarter of the 19th century), the nickname "plateia of Heroes" was a derisive reference to koutsavakides (κουτσαβάκηδες), who used it as their hangout.HistoryLord Byron was accommodated in the neighbourhood during his stay in Athens and here is where he wrote the poem "Maid of Athens". The most famous Greek inhabitant of Psiri was Alexandros Papadiamantis who lived in the area for more than two decades.
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  • It's a neighborhood full of teenagers. A very relaxed atmosphere. Full of restaurants, cafes, you can find a place to rest and smoke a nargileh, for those who love. It has a special and charming café called Little Cook. Its design is charming and unique and anyone can find it a special and delicious dessert.
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  • This neighbourhood is very close to Monastiraki. It is a strange place - a hybrid between different countercultures (such a hippie, punk, grunge and even modern hipster subculture). Step by step you a...  more »
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