What $500 Buys in Athens

Steven Noble

Athens’s indomitable spirit has kept the city afloat despite a tough economic downturn—this is, after all, the original modern Olympic city. Inventive spots are popping up everywhere, from mixology bars in Kolonaki to design shops in Thission.

Compiled by Candice Chan and John Wogan

Two nights at New Hotel by Yes! Hotels in Syntagma Square. The 79-room boutique inn opens June 1 and features funky interiors and original furniture—like this velvet chair (it’s steel-blue in person) by award-winning Brazilian architects the Campana Brothers. yeshotels.gr.

Nine bottles of Merlot from the Greek winery Hatzimichalis at Skoufa 47. The seven-month-old wine and espresso bar is a breezy sidewalk café by day and turns into a sexy lounge after dark. Tucked away in Kolonaki, Athens’s Upper East Side, it also has simple dishes like prosciutto sandwiches. skoufa47.gr.

Six tickets to see the Kronos Quartet—known for their contemporary repertoire—performing May 5 at the six-month-old Onassis Cultural Center. Designed to showcase modern Greek culture, the expansive, 194,000-square-foot complex—decked in white marble, glass and gold leaf—has two theaters, an exhibition gallery and a rooftop restaurant. onassis.gr.

Six degustation menus at Fuga, a seven-month-old Mediterranean restaurant perched high above the city at the Athens Concert Hall. Talented chef Pantaleo de Pinto trained with Joël Robuchon and cooks seasonal, back-to-basics dishes like veal osso bucco and roast cod in lemon and coriander sauce. fugarestaurant.com.

Eight pairs of La Manual Alpagatera espadrilles at concept-design store Thission Revisited 2. Open since November, the boutique has an eclectic collection of impeccably crafted goods, most made by the owner, Georgios Carabellas. thissionr2.com.

As of March, 1 euro = $1.42.