Here is a little guide for visiting Athens with a baby.
We suggest walks and museum/sight visits around the city’s center. Each day you can choose a different itinerary suitable for strollers and babies. You can choose the sights that you want to see or visit them all. We have marked all the sights on a map (see below) or you can find it here:
In the summer season, divide the day by two : Start visit around 8 the morning (you already know what it is to wake up early ;)) stop it around 11 and continue around 5pm until night.
Yes, you can explore Athens with your baby!
– Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament: You can begin your journey on the main fountain square. Across the street you can see the Greek Parliament, where Evzones, an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, change every hour by following a very precise saluting choreography and an incredible synchronization. It’s absolutely worth seeing!
– National Garden (bring a blanket with you): The National Garden is a real oasis in the middle of the city, located behind the Parliament, you will no longer hear cars there and enjoy the nature. You can take a blanket with you and find a spot where you can roll it out on the grass, seat, and relax with your baby. There are large lawn areas where you can sit and babies can walk and crawl, and experiment walking barefoot on the lawn. Inside the park you’ll also find a playground.
– Restaurant Avocado (+ bio shop): Is a small vegeterian restaurant (you better call in advance to reserve a table on the first floor (avocadoathens.com – phone: +30 2103237878). The good thing about Avocado Restaurant is that it serves, both healthy and delicious Mediterrean food. The tables are low and you can seat on pillows, totally baby friendly. There’s also a little changing table in the toilettes. If you need a pharmacy, there is one near the Restaurant (see the map).
– A walk from Ermou street to Monastiraki square: Ermou, one of the first streets to be designed in modern Athens, is a pedestrian zone that connects the Parliament with Kerammeikos, by passing through Monastiraki and Psyri. The first part of the street is full of shops and just before reaching Monastiraki, you’ll have the chance to see one of the oldest churches of Athens, the Byzantine Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea, originally built around 11th century that stand right in the middle of the street.
– Acropolis (no stroller access, it is possible to leave the stroller at the entrance and find it after the visit). Yes, this is the most spectacular sight of Athens, but families can access it only by carrying babies in their arms/pouch (if with toddler) and one has to keep in mind that the major part of marble/stone steps are very slippery and steep.
– Acropolis Museum Cafe (for a snack or coffee). You can enter the Museum, buy tickets and if you want to relax before visiting, go to the 2nd floor to take a snack or cafe with the amazing view of the Acropolis Museum Restaurant. Also, there is changing table on toilet the first floor.
– Acropolis Museum (Visit). The visit duration is approx. 1 hour. There is an elevator, a totally stroller friendly space.
Walk Aeropagitou Street, this street is a pedestrian walk zone, it is located in front of the Acropolis Museum gate and it goes strait (approximately a 15 min walk) to Thiseio Square.
– Take a café or snack on Jacqueline de Romilly Square (and playground) with an amazing view of Acropolis
Last Day or first day: Bus City Sightseeing (from Syntagma square) offers a chance to have ride through the city. Its duration:1h30 and the last stop is on Kotzia Square. (more information: www.citysightseeing.gr)
Metro Tip: The Athenian Metro is new, clean and pleasant to use. Also, take note that there are always elevator lifts for strollers.
Tips from Celeste
About Athens with Babies: Athens is attractive all year around but I would avoid visiting in the hot summer with a very young baby. Spring or fall would be best. March is a period between winter and spring. The temperature is getting higher, with an average daily temperature of 12 degrees C, but the nights are still cold. Typical March weather includes rain as well (Find out more on what to do with kids on a rainy day in Athens here).
I personally found traveling with a baby under 6 months old the easiest period. The baby sleeps most of the day, the baby drinks (mother) milk and doesn’t need food yet, the baby cannot walk yet (no running away either), the baby wears diapers and doesn’t need a toilet yet. A well organized diaper bag is important. If the baby drinks formula milk than check if your brand is available in Greece. Athens center has many pharmacies selling formula milk and it should never be a problem to buy milk. These pharmacies also sell baby foods. What is important to take into consideration is transportation: If you are renting a car in Greece, make sure that you book a car seat for the baby. The same applies for taking taxis: only use reliable companies that offer baby car seats. Train, tram and metro are accessible with stroller. Inside the city it is best to use a baby carrier or sling. The Athens roads and pavements can be difficult to manoeuvre with a stroller. Some of the roads are cobble stone and not very smooth. Having said that, some of the important tourist areas are car free and offer stroller friendly roads. These are Plaka, Monasteraki, the area around the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis, Syntagma and Ag. Irine square.
What to do and where to eat with baby? Here are my favourites for travelling with a baby under 6 months old.
About Eating with Baby in Athens: As said before, young babies are relatively easy as far as eating. They drink milk or just started weaning and they do not eat in a high chair yet. Any restaurant in Greece will provide you with boiled water for formula milk and from my personal experience I believe that breastfeeding is very well accepted anywhere in Greece. Baby food can be found in any supermarket and pharmacy in Greece. For your baby you want to smoke free restaurant, therefore do pick a place from the Family Goes Out restaurant database. If you need to order some soft boiled veggies or fruits for your child, it is usually not a problem in Greek restaurants, they are flexible and they generally welcome children.