Kolonaki is the most urban district in central Athens. The area expands to the East from Panepistimiou Avenue up to the Megaro Mousikis, Northwest up to Sina and Iitis Streets and is divided by the historical neighborhood of Neapolis. Kolonaki received its name from a former marble pole of 2 meter height and 30 cm diameter, which was found in the area, and which was later restored on the right stairway of Dexameni Square. Kolonaki was relocated permanently to the main square of the district in 1938.
It is considered a relatively new neighborhood which gradually developed after 1890 and was part of the ongoing expansions of the new city.
The Evaggelismos Hospital, one of the major hospitals of Athens, was founded in 1883 by Queen Olga. The construction of Aghiou Dionyssiou Church, the main church of the area, began in 1889, while the renowned schools of Archaeology (French, British, etc.) were developed in the late 19th century and were the only buildings at that time to have large gardens. Back then, only the Dexameni Square was known to people, with a tin booth frequently visited by Alexandros Papadiamantis.
At the same time, the Athenian bourgeois population, living on the main boulevards of Athens, were regularly building small and humble houses in the region nearby, which were inhabited by coach men, gardeners and people of various other professions, who were all working at neoclassical residences of wealthy Athenian families. Some of these small houses, which shared a common yard and toilet, were built on the outskirts of Kolonaki. During the first half of the 20th century, and particularly in the interwar period, the pre-war and, quite modern for its time, apartment buildings of Kolonaki coexisted with these small houses and the neoclassical mansions.
Particularity: For many years, a glamorous district with expensive and exclusive boutiques enhancing the main streets, stylish cafés unfolding around the central square, sizeable urban flats in apartment buildings of the interwar period and thereafter. Above all, providing a sense of security to walk around the area at any time of the day without fear. Going to Kolonaki for coffee, lunch, dining or a drink has always been amongst the most popular choices for visitors and residents of Athens. In Kolonaki, one can find almost everything your heart desires and this by just walking around. It is continually full of life and has not lost its vitality, despite the recent years of the crisis.
Average purchase prices/rental rates: Purchase and rental rates remain relatively high compared to other areas of downtown Athens. They range from EUROS 2,000 to 2,500 per square meter for purchase and around EUROS 8.00 to 20.00 per square meter for rent.
Nature: Close to the National Garden of the city and Lycabettus Hill.
Transportation: Metro Station Evangelismos, Tram lines and multiple bus lines from all around Attica.
Market: Many expensive but also affordable boutiques and shops, grocery stores, butcher shops, delicatessen, bookstores, fashionable hairdressers and anything necessary for daily needs. The weekly market of Xenokratous is very popular and attracts many people.
Culture/Entertainment: Interesting small restaurants and bistros, music venues and stages, galleries, theaters and the famous outdoor cinema Thission. The playground on Dexameni Square and the outdoor cinemas of the area.
Spots: Kolonaki Square is the center of attraction for anyone who passes through this area, Dexameni Square with the aqueduct, the outdoor cinema and the playground, the Lycabettus Square with its beautiful houses, the well known Dragoumi Hall (1925), the Gennadius Library, the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Byzantine and Christian Museums, the Museum of the Theocharakis Foundation and the Hatzikyriakos Ghikas Gallery.