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a bit about Alexandros
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am married with a son and I work as an entrepreneur with studies in Greece and in the United Kingdom, focused on the ‘market’ of municipal and regional development. I do this job because I truly enjoy it and, over time, I have come to appreciate its contribution to the well-being of a metropolis like the Athens-Piraeus complex.
Name some spots in Athens that are good for a Tinder date.
In general, I do not believe in dating apps as I am more conventional. However, Athens is full of small places, exclusive or everyday, serious or fun, where such a date can bring fruits for the couple.
Who’s your hero and where in Athens would you take them out for a serious hang?
Elon Musk, because he is a business innovator always bringing out something new! I would start the day with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, then a walk through the National Garden and finally I would treat him to a dinner with kebab, gyros and wine at 'Thanassis' in Monastiraki at the center of Athens.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
In Attica Stores, in central Athens. it has a variety of clothes shops where I spend a lot of time. They can furnish a variety of tastes in men’s clothing.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Take a relaxed walk in neighborhoods that I am not very familiar with. Between my family obligations and my job pressure, I never get the time to do this.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Athens and where did you get it?
‘Patsas’, a soup traditionally prepared from the entrails of sheep; it can be ordered in many tavernas.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Athens that you particularly like?
DIPORTO on Theatrou Square is a hole, truly speaking, that I particularly adore!
Where can you get the best cocktail in Athens? Which one do you like?
At Baba au rum, at Aghias Irinis sq., in central Athens. I particularly enjoy Bloody Mary.
Where would you take your partner in Athens if you wanted to really pamper them?
I would take her/him to Dourambeis restaurant, in Faliro, to the east of Piraeus, for a dinner with exquisite sea food and ouzo.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
‘Souvlaki’ and ‘gyros’, though the latter has been internationalized by now, are favorite snacks and street foods. As a more-sitting-down food, I would propose ‘patsas’.
What are the Athens spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Obviously, the Acropolis is a ‘must’ for the first-time visitor. I would also suggest a visit to the Acropolis Museum and a stroll in the Plaka neighborhood, where tourist shops mingle with small tavernas full of delicacies.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Athens. How do you spend it?
I would start with a stroll up Lycavittos Hill for a coffee taking in the spectacular view, Then, off to Microlimano (to the east of Pireaus) for lunch and back to Athens for a last lazy walk in the center of the city.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I would always go to Rome in Italy because it is also a city of the classical antiquity (therefore, ‘tonnes’ of monuments and sights) and, yet, it has developed into a vibrant metropolis famed for its sumptuous cuisine and its nightlife.