Psyri or Psiri or Psyrri is a colorful neoclassical neighborhood known for its artisans, specialty stores, restaurants, bars, live music tavernas, theaters, art galleries, and antique shops and a small number of hotels.
Following the liberation of Greece from the Turkish occupation in 1833, several veteran freedom fighters and immigrants from the provinces settled here. They opened cottage industries and workshops, which have given the area a distinctive character. The central square of Psyri is called "Heroes Square" because the streets leading to it carry names of heroes of the Independence War. Another distinguished resident of Psyri was the writer Alexandros Papadiamantis who settled in the area for more than two decades.
In the early 1990s, following a series of renovation and construction works, the Psyri neighborhood became a popular nightlife and residential area and it has now become a fair choice in the center of Athens.
In Psyri you may visit the church of Agioi Anargyroi.
Located in the upcoming area of Psyri, in the city’s historic center, we recommend O&B Athens Boutique Hotel. The hotel features include complimentary Wi-Fi, and a hip lounge bar-restaurant, open all day. All rooms come with the latest in video and sound design, stylish furnishings, Egyptian cotton sheets and large work desks. Their marble bathrooms come with custom-design glass-enclosed showers. The hotel serves a breakfast buffet, which includes hot selections. The hotel also offers 24-hour room service.
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Self-Guided mobile tour
Discover the life and works of Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851-1911), an important Greek novelist, as you explore Psiri and Plaka. A self-guided tour, provided by our tour-guide app, based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule.