Kolonaki literally "Little Column" is a neighborhood in central Athens
Athens , is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state...

, Greece
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. It is located on the southwestern slopes of Lycabettus hill.

Kolonaki is a wealthy, chic and upmarket district, and a fashionable meeting area. As one of the capital's leading shopping areas, it includes a number of high-end boutiques from young adult to casual fashion to prestigious haute couture
Haute couture
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 from Greek and international designers. One of its main shopping streets, Voukourestiou Street
Voukourestiou Street
Voukourestiou Street named after the Treaty of Bucharest, which in 1913 ended the second Balkan War, is a rather narrow street in the Kolonaki district of Athens known for its high-end boutiques...

, is now known for its jewellery.
Museums and galleries also abound in Kolonaki. The Benaki Museum
Benaki Museum
The Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, is housed in the Benakis family mansion in downtown Athens, Greece...

, inside a preserved neoclassical
Neoclassical architecture
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 manor house, and the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art
Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art
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 and are two of the finest private collections in the country. Two smaller museums to be found in Kolonaki are the Museum of the History of Greek Costume and the Theater Museum, both highly specialized in their respective areas. A walk across the street from Vasilissis Sofias Avenue are the Byzantine Museum, and the War Museum of Athens.

There are a plethora of available options for nightlife, including bars, ouzeries, and tavernas. Outdoor seating on pedestrian walks is typical, creating a lively atmosphere at night. The main Kolonaki Square
Kolonaki Square
Kolonaki Square , is located in central Athens, Greece. The Square is named after small ancient column in the center of the square and has given its informal name to the surrounding district Kolonaki...

 is where the little column which the neighborhood was named for is located. It is surrounded by cafes and restaurants.

The Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway
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, links Kolonaki to the summit of Lycabettus hill.
Kolonaki also hosts 2 metro stations, Evengelismos and Megaro Mousikis.

North: Exarcheia
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, Neapoli
Neapoli, Athens
Neapoli is a neighborhood of Athens, Greece. It is located at the centre of Athens, close to Exarcheia and Kolonaki...

 and Omonoia Square
Omonoia Square
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West: Psirri
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 and Plaka
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Kolonaki East: Pangrati
Pangrati or Pagkrati is a neighborhood in the Municipality of Athens, Greece. It is bordered by the Kolonaki neighborhood to the north, the Kaisariani Municipality to the east, the Vyronas Municipality to the south, and the Mets neighborhood to the west. It is not to be confused as a separate...


South: National Gardens of Athens
National Gardens of Athens
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, SE

Notable people

  • Costas Simitis
    Costas Simitis
    Konstantinos Simitis , usually referred to as Costas Simitis or Kostas Simitis, was Prime Minister of Greece and leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement from 1996 to 2004.- Biography :...

    , former Prime Minister of Greece
    Prime Minister of Greece
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  • Tania Tsanaklidou
    Tania Tsanaklidou
    Soultana Tsanaklidou is a Greek artist, both singer and actress, who represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978.-Biography:...

    , singer
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