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Voulis Street is one of the most lively streets in the Syntagma neighborhood, connecting Kolokotroni Square on its northern side to the popular neighborhood of Plaka on the other. The vibrant Voulis Street is, in a way, the “twin” of the parallel Nikis Street. Both are favorite hangouts for locals and travelers, brimming with restaurants, shops, and bars for all tastes.
Keep reading for our local’s guide to Voulis Street in Syntagma and find out the best things to see and do, where to eat, where to stay, and how to get there.
Things to See and Do on Voulis Street
Even though walking Voulis Street from end to end won’t take more than a few minutes, you’ll be surprised by how many points of interest this narrow alley hides.
Below are our top picks for the best things to see and do on Voulis Street.
National Historical Museum
Located at the northern end of Voulis Street, on Kolokotroni Square, the National Historical Museum is one of the oldest museums in Athens.
It was founded in 1884 and has been permanently housed in the neoclassical building of the Old Parliament House of Greece since 1962.
Its exhibitions feature many historical artifacts, including sculptures, paintings, clothes, ceramics, guns, flags, coins, architecture designs, vintage posters, and even models of old ships.
A walk through the halls of the National Historical Museum is enough to get an overview of the history of modern Hellenism from the Ottoman rule and the Greek War of Independence to the present day.
Local tip: Don’t miss the equestrian statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis, one of the most famous sculptures in Athens, that stands in front of the museum.
Address: Stadiou 13, Kolokotroni Square, Athina 105 61
September – June: Tuesday – Friday: 09.00-16.00
Saturday – Sunday: 10.00-16.00
Closed on Mondays
July – August:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00-16.00
Closed on Mondays
Full admission: € 5 – Reduced admission: € 3
Electra Art Space by Skoufa Gallery
Electra Art Space is a fascinating art showroom housed on the ground floor of Electra Metropolis Hotel, as part of the famous Skoufa Gallery.
Founded in 1981, Skoufa Gallery is one of the most important art galleries in Athens, showcasing contemporary Greek artwork from the influential artists of the 1930s to the most significant modern painters of our times.
Address: Mitropoleos 15 &, Voulis, Athina 105 57
Yanni Gallery is one of central Athens’s most popular art spaces, featuring impressive artwork ranging from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and fine prints. It is the professional home of Yanni Sovatzoglou, a prominent contemporary Greek artist.
Inspired primarily by the Minoan and Cycladic eras, Yanni’s art narrates forgotten tales and tackles modern philosophical issues.
Apart from being a fascinating showroom, Yanni Gallery is a cultural meeting spot for artists, philosophers, art students, and art aficionados worldwide.
Address: Voulis 44a, Athina 105 57
Passage of the Merchants
This narrow arcade called Passage of the Merchants (or Stoa Emporon) had glorious days during the 50’s and 60’s as a vibrant shopping center.
Sadly, a swift decay ensued in the following decades. In 2018, the Municipality of Athens launched an initiative to rekindle commercial activity in the arcade, but sadly, the experiment failed, with most of the stores closing down permanently. What still remains, however, are the impressive graffiti murals and bright signs hanging from the ceiling, transporting visitors to a different era of Athens.
The passage of the merchants will take you from Voulis Street to the famous Lekka Street, next to Speakeasy, one of the best cocktail bars in Athens.
Address: Voulis 4, Athina 105 62
Where to Eat on Voulis Street
When it comes to restaurants and eating out in Athens, Voulis Street is as diverse as any street in the city can be.
You’ll find something for everyone on this street, with options ranging from new-age Japanese and international fusion cuisine to tiny traditional tavernas, bakeries, and fancy ice cream parlors.
Below, we’ll list our favorite places to eat on Voulis Street.
Evgenia Restaurant (To Paradosiako)
Evgenia restaurant (also known as To Paradosiako) is one of the traditional taverns of Athens that have been tested by time and proven to be timeless local favorites.
Founded in 1987, this tiny “oinomagereion” (wine tavern) offers homemade Greek cuisine in more than generous rations and at great prices. Make sure to try out some delicious appetizers and the fresh seafood “mezedes”.
Address: Voulis 44Α, Athina 105 58
Focused on international cuisine with a prominent Asian influence, Nolan is one of the most well-known restaurants in Athens.
Spearheaded by local celebrity chef Sotiris Kontizas, the award-winning Nolan is characterized by a “comfort food” philosophy that blends flavors from Asian countries like Japan, Vietnam, and China to create a unique culinary experience in a modern minimalist setting.
Address: Voulis 31 – 33, Athina 105 57
Birdman – Japanese Pub + Grill
Birdman is a premium Japanese gastropub that has taken Athens by storm. Prices here might be steep, but the freshly made yakitori, the delicious beef nigiri, the signature “smash burger” and the superb cocktails certainly make up for it.
There are no tables at Birdman. Everything is served at the long wooden bar that extends across the entire pub under the sounds of analog Hi-Fi tunes that will transport you to the faraway lands of Japan.
Address: Voulis 35, Athina 105 57
Ariston (also known as Ariston Lompotesi) might not be a restaurant, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list as it’s known for offering some of the best traditional pies in Athens.
The secret behind the longstanding success of Ariston lies in the dough recipe that originates from Istanbul and has been used ever since the bakery opened its doors in 1910.
This special dough is used for more than 120 different styles of pie to satisfy your inner gourmand. While there, make sure to try their legendary “kourou” dough cheese pie.
Address: Voulis 10, Athina 105 62
What better way to top off a meal and brighten your day than a scoop of fresh ice cream? Dickie Dee is without a doubt one of the best boutique ice-cream parlors in Athens, serving delicious gelato in unique flavors like cinnamon and raki, soft ice cream and homemade desserts.
Make sure to try out the signature “Dickie cups” which splendidly combine ice cream, whipped cream and sweets in a single cup.
Address: Voulis 23, Athina 105 63
Shopping on Voulis Street
Voulis Street is home to some of the most unique stores in Athens, catering to very specific niche interests and hobbies.
Below, you’ll find a few ideas for shopping on Voulis Street at stores that you probably wouldn’t expect to find there.
Anavasi Maps – Travel Bookstore
Anavasi is an extraordinary travel bookstore where you can find all kinds of books and print material related to travel.
From traditional travel guides for most destinations in Greece to handbooks and maps for hiking routes, mountain climbing, birdwatching and more, Anavasi’s books will help you design your own unique itinerary.
Address: Voulis 32, Athina 105 57
Homcore is a must-stop for all music lovers visiting Athens. Housed in an actual apartment, this contemporary music store offers various new and second-hand vinyl records, music books, synthesizers, drum machines, turntables and more.
Moreover, you can try out any audio machine or listen to the records before choosing the next addition to your vinyl collection.
Address: Voulis 38 &, Ipitou Street, Athina 105 57
Wild Souls Athens
The whole philosophy of Wild Souls revolves around five natural treasures: sesame, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and cashews.
Using strictly first-rate raw materials and zero food additives, this fascinating concept store offers delicious nut butter, dried nuts, halva, tahini, oil, honey and jam made with sustainable practices and a zero-waste policy.
Address: Voulis 36, Athina 105 57
Nightlife and Bars on Voulis Street
Brimming with award-winning cocktail bars, hidden wine bars and tiny bistros, Voulis Street is an ideal journey’s end after a long day of sightseeing and shopping in the neighborhood of Syntagma.
Here are our favorite bars on Voulis Street for the perfect final stop to your itinerary.
Besides the clever wordplay in its name (Oinos means wine in Greek), Oinoscent is known for being one of the most extraordinary wine bars in Athens due to its location, decoration, cuisine, and -of course- premium wine.
Its glass cellar holds more than 1,000 different local and international wine labels that will satisfy the most demanding palate.
Relax at one of the roadside tables and pair your favorite wine with a dish from a menu based exclusively on seasonal ingredients for a delightful evening on Voulis Street.
Address: Voulis 45-47, Athina 105 57
The 7 Jokers Coffee & Cocktail Bar
Featuring enchanting theatrical decoration in a dreamy fairytale setting with a warm atmosphere, the multi-award-winning 7 Jokers is admittedly one of the top cocktail bars in Athens.
Masterfully crafted cocktails with innovative recipes and fresh ingredients are served at the long wooden bar under rock and blues sounds to complete a fine drinking experience that carries on until very late at night.
Address: Voulis 7, Athina 105 62
Portrait StreetBar is a tiny, elegant bar designed to resemble a Parisian bistro with classy interior decoration that features vintage details. It’s an ideal place to unwind after exploring the busy streets of Syntagma.
Relax at the small outdoor patio or grab a stool at the bar to enjoy a cold draft beer or a savory cocktail paired with local cheese and cold cuts from every corner of Greece.
Address: Voulis 45, Athina 105 57
Hotels on Voulis Street
We highly recommend staying on Voulis Street if you are looking for a central location in Syntagma. This way, you’ll be only a few minutes away from some of the city’s most popular places, like Ermou Street, Monastiraki Square, and the popular neighborhood of Plaka.
V1935 Luxurious Apartments
This is an exceptional choice for travelers looking into the apartments of Athens instead of the traditional hotel options.
Housed in a pre-WWII building, the V1935 complex features several different fully renovated apartments with high ceilings, marble floors, and antique furniture. On the top floor, you’ll find a charming roof garden that hosts a graceful Italian restaurant and bar. Check it out here.
Address: Voulis 29, Athina 105 57
See all the different apartments on booking.com and pick the one that suits your needs.
The Marblous Athens
The Marblous Athens is a unique hotel with an elegant design fashioned to celebrate femininity while keeping a modern woman’s needs in mind.
It features several different rooms and suites and a chic bistro that serves breakfast and brunch, it’s an ideal option for female solo travelers, families, or couples at a very advantageous location in Syntagma.
Address: 24 Voulis and Mitropoleos Street, Athina 105 63
See all the different suites and rooms of The Marblous Athens on booking.com and book your stay here.
Electra Palace Athens
Housed in an impressive neoclassical building at the corner of Voulis and Navarchou Nikodimou street, the posh 5-star Electra Palace Athens needs no introduction.
Its luxurious suites with Parthenon views, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and magnificent rooftop restaurants over the Acropolis undeniably guarantee a memorable stay.
Address: Navarchou Nikodimou 18-20, Athina 105 57
Find Electra Palace Athens on booking.com and upgrade your stay in Athens to a luxurious vacation.
Athens Acropolis House
Wedged between Syntagma and Plaka, at the intersection of Voulis and Kodrou Streets, Athens Acropolis House is a great option for a budget-friendly hotel in central Athens.
Housed in a chic 19th-century neoclassical building, it features clean, cozy rooms with all the necessary amenities for a comfortable and affordable Athens stay.
Address: Kodrou 6-8, Athina 105 58
Are you planning a budget trip to Athens? Check out the prices of Athens Acropolis House on booking.com.
How to Get to Voulis Street
Getting to Voulis Street is very easy. All you need to do is get off at Syntagma metro station (red and blue line), cross Syntagma square towards Ermou Street, and then walk down Ermou for two blocks.
Look for a small fountain with a brass sculpture in the middle of the street. This is the intersection of Ermou and Voulis Street.
All in all, a walk down Voulis Street is a must when exploring Syntagma’s famous streets. Make sure to follow our tips and spend some time here to enjoy the finest of Athens’ gastronomy and nightlife scene.
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