Explore the cafes you can’t miss in Exarchia, the vibrant nightlife in Gazi and the coolest shopping in Koukaki. The Parthenon stands as a monument to cultural achievement, but the structures raised around it memorialise personal myths. The Emperor Hadrian created a sanctuary dedicated to Zeus, The Olympeion, and erected an arch to lay claim to the city. Herodes Atticus, the first Greek to hold the rank of Roman consul, built an open-air theatre in memory of his wife. And first century Athenians dedicated a marble mausoleum to honour the city’s benefactor, Julius Antiochos Philopappos. Here you can literally stroll between ancient and modern Athens: Dionysiou Areopagitou is lined on one side by ancient monuments like the Theater of Dionysus and Odeon of Herodes Atticus and on the other by outstanding modern architecture, from the gorgeous art deco apartment building at No. 17 to the neoclassical Meropeio Foundation and church of Agia Sofia.