The Psara (a greek island) - once also called Psyra - was possibly named the area of "Psir(r)i". Although, according to another version, the name is derived by a caustic title that the citizens of other areas gave to the area's inhabitants - "psirides", meaning the second-rate people leaving there.
One could say that the area of Psiri is the other "Soho" of Athens (the other being the multifaceted area of Gazi), yet simultaneously manages to maintain its Greek character. The neighborhood is a unique collection of colors and impressions, with many restaurants, snack bars and taverns.
Also, there are theaters, movie theaters and art galleries that are restored under both official and private care. This movement, that started a few years ago, resulted in the upgrading of the area and the blossoming of recreational and night life entertainment. Furthermore, in the center of Psiri is where Iroon (Heroes) Square located.
HOW TO GET THERE
BY FOOT: The area of Psiri is located from below Athinas Street and to the right of Ermou Street. Follow Miaouli Street from Monastiraki Square to take you to the center of Psiri, Iroon Square.
HOT SPOTS - What we propose
The best ice cream in the city, anytime of the day until the early morning hours. Try all the flavors without fear. (Taki 21 & Aisopou Street)
TRADITIONAL SUNDAY AFTERNOONS
The spirit of Zorbas is alive and well in the heart of Psiri! Every Sunday afternoon, many of the countless taverns in this area offer up live bouzouki and rebetika music along with delectable mezes and rivers of ouzo! Many patrons prefer to stay in on Saturday nights in order to get up in time to enjoy this form of entertainment the following day.
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