Plaka as a neighbourhood was built onto the ancient paths that existed in Athens, even amo
ng ruins. Moreover, the new Athens plan that was made from foreign architects, young people, just finished their studies at that time, who wanted to builf their fame together with the new capital of Greece, on the ancient “highways”.
These streets are Sacred Way or Iera Odos, that led from Elefsis to Acropolis, Panathineon street, today inside Athens Agora, and of course Plaka streets as Tripodon, Kydathineon, Adrianou. If you notice carefully having your head looking up, you will see Acropolis rock from Patision, Pireos, Kifissias, since all roads were leading to that hill. How about Plaka?
Streets of Plaka were next to ancient ruins, that were built either just after war with neoclassical buildings, either renovated and today they are beautiful buildings, either were abandoned and today you pass by and you ask yourself “why”.. Buildings stand among the ancient walls, next to ancient buildings, a destroyed column is in Philomousou square…. Time is everywhere around in Plaka and plays with its visitor. Time is what a traveller spends and time is what everyone cannot earn…. time is precious and while walking at Plaka’s streets you can definitely realise and move forward… Even if many monuments of Athens do not exist today, in Plaka you can realise a lot of that value.. and feel like Athens european visitors felt 200 years before..
While walking around the magnificent historical Plaka paths, the desire to get something unique as a gift for a friend souvenir from the destination is being born.
So, in case you are looking for special gifts around Plaka, Kydathineon is the safest place to find the most authentic gifts for you and your friends! Unique designs, materials, and shops around Plaka streets, run by business owners themselves offer a gift experience in the old town of Athens.
Unique items from Greece and the world at Articrafts, the best gallery of Plaka at Kydathineon and real handmade silver design by George are only some of the three top options in Kydathineon!
Plaka offers a huge variety in terms of galleries, decoration ideas, materials, concepts. After the Greek Revival concept was introduced in the city of Athens two centuries ago, now the after-crisis-Athens, new concepts are being born again. So either you are looking for special gifts, either for ideas and concepts, Athens is the classical pattern you would always visit in order to refresh your mind (and soul).
Of course there are more streets like Andrianou and Pandrosou that offer a variety of selections.. so more ideas will follow soon!!!!
Plaka has numerous artisans and professionals that offer their products and services in Plaka. Handmade items from ceramic, silver, wood, leather and more, found everywhere in Athens streets.
Geoart Silversmith at Plaka
George is an active silversmith, one of the few nowadays in Plaka. His shop, Geo Art, today is located in Kydathineon 25 in Plaka, next to a neoclassical historical abandoned building at 27.
George’s collections are mostly related to biker’s culture, since George is a Harley-Davidson Hellas Club member for more than a decade. He designes special silver mechanical parts and generally what his’ friends ask him to make!
His portfolio includes more than that, having also a specialy in ancient Greece’s metal masterpieces, not only in classic Greka style (the meander) but his innovative Spartan collection is one of the most detailed you can find globally!
Athens is full of neoclassical buildings, but some are really amazing. After liberation from Ottomans, Greece was the epicenter of Neoclassicism and Greek Revival concept. Areas like Metaxourgeio, Gazi, even Exarcheia have amazing building that today host museums, galleries and some are private houses as well.