Mets is a small neighbourhood, very close to all the main tourist attractions of the city centre (it is a 10-minute walk from the Acropolis and just a few hundred metres from Kallimarmaro Stadium). A little bit of Montmartre, a little bit of East London — this is a place you should discover if you want to visit one of the most charming areas of Athens.
Mets took its name from the beer house with the same name that was established here in 1870. At the end of the 19th century, due to the area’s proximity to the Palace (today’s Parliament), the neighbourhood was populated by middle-class families who built elegant and neoclassical houses.
During the 20th century, the area retained its middle-class and urban style. In the last two decades, many of the older houses have been restored. Many artists, musicians, actors, and painters have relocated to Mets, giving it a more bohemian feel. There are only a handful of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants in the area, a fact that creates a more intimate and cosy atmosphere. At the same time, the area’s proximity to the First Cemetery of Athens, which is an open-air museum of Greek sculpture, along with the marble sculpture workshops that still exist here (on Anapafseos Street), give the area a unique artistic quality.
It is a wonder to walk the streets of Mets and look between the houses to see the Acropolis dominating the horizon.