A multi-layered city
I had the great opportunity to live in Athens for a number of months, as a I studied abroad there. It's a city with many layers and history. Do not come to Athens expecting "Ancient Greek Fantasy Land." Rather, come to Athens to find a charming city with thousands of years of history and culture. For every museum you go to, step into a taverna or cafe and witness modern Greek culture. Try to experience all sides of this very diverse place. And as always, keep your mind open.
Insider Tip:-If your main attractions are the ancient sites, stay in Plaka. But do try to leave Plaka occasionally, as it is mostly tourists. If you want a less tourist-y experience, stay in Pangrati. It's about a 30 minute walk from the Acropolis, but there are buses and trolleys that go out there to bring you quickly to the city centers.
- Go to tavernas and order mezedes (a variety of small dishes to eat with ouzo). It's an easy way to experience a lot of Greek food.
-Never be in a rush to do anything.