If you're passionate about literature, take a break from sightseeing and enjoy some of the best bookshops around.
A literary paradise
As all book lovers will know, this is the birthplace of classical literature. A large number of classical writers, who are still read and admired around the world, were born and lived in this city. Moving away from the more popular commercial areas, you'll find a different side to shopping in Athens. In particular, take a stroll down Panepistimiou Street where you'll find Eleftheroudakis, a bookshop spread over seven floors that is a true temple to literature. It sells a huge range of rare editions and out-of-print copies of all kinds of books. In addition, there are often pop-up stalls selling books in the surrounding streets. If you're also interested in popular music, there are lots of record stores and markets in the same area, selling vinyls and a whole host of related products. This area is known as the cultural area of Athens.