Chalandri is a suburb in Northern Athens, around 12 km…
Once called Katsikadika due to its population of goat herdersknown for their generosity in gifting milk to their fellow residents, the area assumed its current name after the banning of goats from the city in 1925. Its present name derives from Petrina Alonia, which pays homage to its pre-urban use as an area for threshing grain. While the goat herders may have gone, the spirit of community and simplicity remains, with a concomitant style of the unadorned.
Petralona is slightly disorganized and, like many parts of Athens, has its fair share of potholes and graffiti, and a random architectural mix which can give an impression of neglect and chaos. However, interspersed among all of this (and perhaps appearing all the more unusual because of their surroundings) are establishments audaciously defying their scruffy setting.
Taking advantage of the lower rents, young creative Athenians have banded together to open alternative businesses such as social-conscious cafés like Xatripy, a for-the-people-by-the-people place that mixes coffee and cakes with music gigs and literary societies, to old-style tsipouradika (spots mainly serving tsipouro spirit accompanied by small dishes) with a modern twist. Tipped to be the up-and-coming alternative to Gazi, this new posse of places to be is clearly popular with locals of all kinds and who, even on a languid Sunday, are more than happy to engage in a little banter with friends and strangers alike. The goat herders would most likely be proud.
Apartment 95m2 on the 1st floor of 2010 with 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and WC.
Premier with 10.12m2 parking space.