Kolonaki is a wealthy and upmarket district. As one of the capital’s leading shopping areas, it includes numerous high-end boutiques from young adult to casual fashion to prestigious haute couture from Greek and international designers.
From art galleries, museums, luxury brands, hip boutiques and shoe emporiums, with international or Greek labels bring a bit more edge and colour to the area.
The Benaki Museum, inside a preserved neoclassical manor house, and the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art are two of the finest private collections in the country. Two smaller museums to be found in Kolonaki are the Museum of the History of Greek Costume and the Theater Museum, both highly specialized in their respective areas. A walk across the street from Vasilissis Sofias Avenue are the Byzantine Museum, and the War Museum of Athens.
One of its main shopping streets, Voukourestiou Street, is the definition of luxury just a few steps away from Syntagma square. It hosts the top fashion brands, such as Dior, Prada and Louis Vuitton, as well as their astonishing display windows, an irresistible draw for fashion lovers. Take a walk down the most glamorous chic street in the city which offers not only boutiques and jewellery shops, but also a wide range of options for coffee, food and drinks. Voukourestiou Street was named after the well-known Treaty of Bucharest (1913) which marked the end of the second Balkan War.
There is a plethora of available options for nightlife, including bars, ouzeries, and tavernas. Outdoor seating on pedestrian walks is typical, creating a lively atmosphere at night. The main Kolonaki Square (with the small column) is surrounded by cafes and restaurants.
The Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway, links Kolonaki to the summit of Lycabettus hill. Kolonaki also hosts two metro stations, Evengelismos and Megaro Mousikis.