The church of Agia Eirini on Agias Eirinis Square.
Named after the church of Agia Eirini, the most important orthodox church at the time that Athens became the capital of the newly liberated Greek state, in recent years Agias Eirini's Square became one of the hottest spots in town. Easy to approach no matter where you're coming from, and by what transportation means, yet self-contained and peaceful, with no bothersome thru-traffic, the square thrives with life most hours of the day. Bookstores, several coffee-shops, eateries, bars, meeting places, a plant nursery, a haberdashery store, and one of the best souvlaki spots in town: Hoocut, for a gourmet version of the Greek specialty. In recent months, the square is undergoing major renovation projects. Right off the square, on Vasilikis and Skouze streets, you will find Koukouvaya, a Chania, Crete, desserts cafe since 1997, with fine and tasty traditional but also gourmet desserts.
Emporikon Hotel on Aiolou Street.
Located on Agias Eirinis Square, we recommendEmporikon Hotel, a fully renovated 19th c. historic building with a designer vibe. All A/C rooms come with a flat-screen TV, minibar and free toiletries. Some units open to a balcony with Acropolis or Lycabettus Hill views, or offer an open-plan or separate seating area. Facilities include a 24-hr front desk and a ticket service. Bicycle and car rental services are provided. Several café bars and restaurants are within a short walk. Syntagma Square is 600 m away and the popular sites of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum are at a distance of about 1 km. The scenic Plaka district is a 5-minute walk away.
The view from Emporikon Hotel on Aiolou Street.
"The Athenian Market in Aeolus Street" by Mary Hogarth, c. 1890.
Scenes in Athens
"The main street, which runs northward from the Acropolis through the heart of the medieval and modern town, is named after the God of the Winds... It is the most attractive of all Athenian streets... The shops in it are mean enough for the most part, as shops in a city without commerce are apt to be; but, at the southern end especially, they retain some resemblance of that earlier bazaar form which is proper to the place. Here, where little wheeled traffic attempts to pass, because the rock-wall of the Acropolis makes the streets something of a blind alley, men and children lead their lives mainly without the houses, and the women hang, as is their custom in Greek lands, out of the upper windows, shrilly passing the time of day. Merchandise overflows the pavement and fills the gutter, and the most intimate attentions of mother to child, or man to man, go on in the view of the sun and the public... But the matchless feature of the street, seen from end to end of it, is that tremendous battlemented steep of the Acropolis, a frowning rampart of dark road, heightened above by the orange tint of the wall and glimpses of marbles on the summit. Aeolus Street is not the finest street even in Athens, but it leads you straight up to the finest site in the world."
Scenes in Athens... Described by David Hogarth, c. 1900
The newest addition of a fine hotel on Agias Eirinis Square is Perianth Hotel, in an totally renovated industrial building of the 1930s where the textile market of the city used to be, now offering elegantly decorated rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi access. Combining a retro-style decor with modern touches, every room and suite at Perianth comes with a work desk and a modern bathroom with black marble details. Each unit includes a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine, a safe and a wardrobe. Some units open to a balcony and some offer views over the Acropolis. Guests can start their day with a buffet breakfast served daily at the property. Room service is also available.
The plant nursery on Ag. Eirinis Sq.
The plant nursery in the middle of the square.
Old rendering of Agia Eirini.
An old photograph of Agias Eirinis Square on Aiolou Street.