Center of Hellenic Tradition
59 Metropoleos St., and/or
36 Pandrossou Arcade
tel.: 210 321 3023
The Center of Hellenic Tradition is an exhibition center but also a shopping venue, the largest of its kind in Greece for all sorts of high quality handicrafts representing virtually the whole spectrum of Greek folk arts.
The Center collaborates with close to a hundred artists and artisans from throughout the country whose work is being displayed in the several showrooms and galleries of the Center.
Aside from wonderful displays throughout, the Center facilities include the following distinct areas:
with a great number of tasteful gifts or memorabilia for every taste and budget
Ground floor displays
on the ground floor hosts the exhibition Greek Commercial and Industrial Advertisements from the late 19th c. till the mid 20th c.including 400 very interesting prints.
Angeliki Hatzimichali showroom
situated on the first floor hosts the exhibition Pastoral Art with exhibits focusing on the artistic expression and the life of people from the Greek countryside. Among them, hundreds of shepherd's crooks and distaffs and many objects of the shepherd's life.
Orea Ellas showroom and coffee house
hosts a wonderful exhibition of traditional ceramics by craftsmen from the islands of Skyros, Sifnos, Samos and Rhodes but not only. On the same first floor the visitor may relax in the unique traditional coffee shop with stunning decorative and collectible objects, and aside from beverages, can try and experience traditional Greek spirits but also seafood or salad dishes and traditional mezedes (snack food), cooked delicacies and mouth watering fruit preserves and desserts.
Located on the second floor, both Hadrian and Theophilos galleries feature an exhibition dedicated to the marine traditions of the Greeks, called " About the Sea". Over 500 articles are on display highlighting the strong relationship of modern Greeks with the sea.
Continuing the aforementioned exhibition, Theophilos gallery also offers access to the terrace
offers a spectacular view of the Acropolis and the historic Plaka area.