Athens, Greece
Sofia, 44
Event Manager
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am working for Athens Development and Destination Management Agency as an event manager. I organize all the events of my company, as well as I am also in charge of the social media.The company I am working for 13 years now is a development agency that belongs to the Municipality of Athens. The Athens Development and Destination Management Agency was established in 1996 to advance and promote Athens as a business and tourism destination. Our goal is to make Athens the most innovative and attractive city in Southern Europe for visitors. I live in Athens almost my whole life, except studying period, and I love the city by heart!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Burnt By the Sun- Sophie Solomon, Balland of A landlord Terry Hall, A song for Lovers Richard Ashcroft, The windmills of your Mind Ray Conniff, To Agkistri George Xatzinasios

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Dolce Vita, Friends, Sex and the city, how I met your mother, Downtown Abbey

Name some spots in Athens that are good for a Tinder date.

Marina Floisvos cafe, Plaka (cine paris), Plaka- Vrettos, Acropolis cafe museum, Vouliagmeni seaside

Who’s your hero and where in Athens would you take them out for a serious hang?

Leonidas the Spartan I would take him at the ancient monuments of Pericles times !

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Attica, Romano Club, Golden Hall

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Omonoia Square

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love to walk at Monastiraki square on Sunday morning glazing the antique shops but I never get up early on Sundays!

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Athens and where did you get it?

Los Loros Yucas Potatoes and Rabellon Criolon Rice Venezouellan and Colombian Street Food at Syntagma

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Athens that you particularly like?

Seven Joggers Syntagma

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Athens? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Restaurant one of the most expensive and favorite is Nobu Matsuhisa Athens - Astir Palace Vouliagmeni try Black Cod a full meal with wine approximately 100 euros per person. Another favorite one is Nikkei Perouvian Restaurant in Kolonaki try the steak and the selection of sweats amazing, approximately 50 euros per person. Spa a luxury one is at Grande Bretagne also the hotel itself as well as its top roof restaurant. Also a more summer one is Divani Apollon Palace Thalasso. A full spa treatment costs around 150 euro. Hotel Royal Olympic is a luxury one as well as Hilton Athens with excellent roofs.

What restaurant in Athens looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Souvlaki o Kostas best souvlaki in town (Pentelis 5 Syntagma) looks crap outside but amazing clean souvlaki

Where can you get the best cocktail in Athens? Which one do you like?

Noel Bar- Try Strawberry Daiquiri and Clumsies try Mojito served along with toothbrush

Where would you take your partner in Athens if you wanted to really pamper them?

Hammam bath Athens in Monastiraki. A hammam bath along with one revival massage

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Koulouri (sesame bread snack) at Psyri or bakeries, Bougatsa (Serraikon or other bakeries) and also delicious pies like meat pie, spinach pie

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Athens?

Kolonaki area

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Athens?

it used to be Metaxourgeio but now its getting better with its reputation

What are the Athens spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Acropolis, Athens Riviera especially the road from Thymari to Sounio, Legraina Beach, Anafiotika, Open air cinemas, Metaxourgeio area, Stavros Niarchos Cultural Foundation

Tomorrow’s your last day in Athens. How do you spend it?

If it is still summer my favorite thing to do is to go Legraina beach in the morning , then eat fish at Thodoras and Eleni restaurant (Legraina village square) and at the evening 9-11 watch a movie at anopen air cinema preferably the one in Thisseion and then a cool drink at Metaxourgeio or Gazi. Winter is different visit one museum Acropolis or benakis for examble, have a coffee at Plaka and shopping at Ermou and then watch a theater performance and dinner or drink again at Metaxourgeio or Gazi.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Rome after all is always the perfect romantic place for vacations with excellent food and coffee, colorful city, hidden small streets, amazing monuments, fashion shops and good taste everywhere!

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