Adrianou Street The most Ancient Commercial Street, still in Use
Adrianou Street, named after Grecophile Roman Emperor Hadrian, running North to South from historic Thesseion towards Hadrian's Arch, is the largest and most central street in Plaka and divides it into two areas: the upper - Ano Plaka - located right under the Acropolis and the lower - Kato Plaka - situated between Syntagma and Monastiraki.
Excavations have proven that Adrianou is the oldest commercial street in Athens still in continuous use and with exactly the same layout, direction and usage since the ancient times!
As in the other main streets in Plaka, you will find shops selling traditional (or rather, best-selling tourist-quality low-aesthetics) products, souvenirs, folk art and handicrafts, etc. There are, however, some shops offering an exceptional quality of genuine products, worth discovering and possessing, according to your own taste.
One of them, the A77 Boutique is the latest addition to Adrianou street’s array of stores, bringing with it an air of designer exclusivity. Gracing the facade of a historical building which houses A77 suites, A77 Boutique welcomes both guests and shoppers who will be allured by the stunning collection of new generation, Greek fashion designer garments and more. In line with the signature style and eclectic taste of the Andronis hospitality brand, each item is uniquely handcrafted and inspired by Greek heritage and mythology. Every piece of clothing or accessory that is showcased here is innovative, yet classical, contemporary yet timeless thus capturing the essence of Greece and allowing you to borrow some of its perennial charm.
At the corner of Adrianou and Flessa streets, just after the historic building of the 74th Elementary School, look for Flaneur, a very tasteful store with an entrance on 1 Flessa Street. Flaneur has an eclectic array of souvenirs and supplies of both Greek and international vendors, certainly worth your consideration.
For some well-deserved respite, especially in the late afternoon - early evening hours, you may want to sit at the Veranda, a cafe and restaurant at the point where Adrianou Street bends to allow for the archaeological area of Hadrian's Library. Magnificent night views of ancient Athens, an ever-present cool breeze, a side view of the Acropolis, and friendly people to serve you a refreshment, a drink or a light meal.
Mrs. Rita, of "Roka", a small store on 134 Adrianou Street in Plaka.
Mrs. Rita, of "Roka", a tiny little store on 134 Adrianou Street in Plaka, with handwoven tapestries and traditional paintings on wood, tableclothes, runners, etc, many of which she creates herself, also provides shelter, water and food for stray dogs and cats. I never fail to greet her, since I pass by very often from her store, and I am always rewarded by her kindness and her smile. You may reach her by telephone at +30 210 322 0027 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or by snailmail at 134 Adrianou St., 105 58 Athens, Greece.
Closeby, we recommend Electra Palace for your stay, a modern, centrally located, 5-star hotel offering personalized service, a beautiful rooftop pool and well-appointed rooms with a buffet breakfast included. The spacious rooms are equipped with AC and satellite TV. Thoughtful touches also include bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms offer direct views of the Acropolis. Guests can start their day with Greek Breakfast provided in the dining area. Electra Palace Hotel's rooftop looks directly to the Acropolis and has a lovely pool area and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel is within walking distance from most of Athens' main attractions. Syntagma Square is less than 5 minutes' walk away and the Parliament and shopping districts are nearby.
Hadrian (76 AD – 138 AD) was a Roman emperor (117 - 138). He was regarded to be a humanist and was a philhellene in most of his tastes. He is regarded as one of the Five Good Emperors. An ardent admirer of Greece, he sought to make Athens the cultural capital of the Empire and ordered the construction of several public buildings, monuments and temples in the city.