Kotzia Square (Plateia Kotzia)
Kotzia Square (Plateia Kotzia)

Kotzia Square (Plateia Kotzia)

Kotzia Square, Athens, Attica, Greece, 10551

The Basics

A staple of Athens walking and hop-on-hop-off bus tours, Kotzia Square is also a main stop on many food tours of the city, thanks to its location in the heart of the local dining and imbibing scene. This inviting square was built in 1874 and, in addition to its grand neoclassical architecture, is home to a captivating collection of ancient ruins unearthed here during its construction. Admire the remains of tombs and the former aqueduct before continuing on to the nearby restaurants and cafés for a Greek meal.

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Athens For Foodies: More Than A Greek Food Tour
Athens For Foodies: More Than A Greek Food Tour
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Konstantina’s tour was excellent! Lots of fun, very informative, and most importantly, the food was delicious. We enjoyed being able to understand the cultural and historical significance of the different foods that we were eating. This definitely added an extra layer of depth to the experience. The tour was also very accommodating of different dietary restrictions within our group. This made it a fun and inclusive experience for all.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kotzia Square is a sweeping pedestrian space, ideal for letting kids run off a bit of steam without having to worry about passing cars.
  • There’s very little shade in the square, so wear a hat and sunblock when visiting.
  • Surrounded by indoor and outdoor dining, this square is the perfect spot to browse lunch or dinner options.
  • The paved square is completely accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.
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How to Get There

Set between Omonoia Square ​and Monastiraki Square, Kotzia Square is bordered by four of Athens’ main streets: Efpolidos Street, Athinas Street, Kratinou Street, and Aiolou Street. You can walk to the square from many of the city’s main sights, or take the metro to Omonoia Square a few minutes south.

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When to Get There

Temperatures soar in Kotzia Square during the midday hours, so go in the early morning or late afternoon if you’re visiting in the summer. The surrounding area is particularly buzzy after sunset when the neighborhood bars and restaurants are teeming with patrons, so take in the ancient ruins and 19th-century architecture in the square, then continue on for an evening out on the town.

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Top Sights

The most important building in the square is the historic city hall, built in the late 1800s and decorated with busts of ancient Athenians and works by 19th-century Greek painters. The square is also home to the neoclassical National Bank of Greece and the Melas Mansion, which today houses the Cultural Center of the National Bank of Greece; nearby, the bank’s contemporary administration building is one of the premier examples of 21st-century architecture in the city, and visitors can glimpse a section of the ancient Acharnai road on the ground floor.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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