Kifissia, the undoubted centre of Athens' northern suburbs is the city's main upper-class district known for its elegant mansions, extensive parks, foreign schools, gastronomy scene and relaxed lifestyle.
Heading north from Athens Centre along Kifissias Avenue, we encounter a series of affluent districts each one with its own distinctive identity.
Psychiko and Filothei suburbs developed during the 1920s for the Athenian aristocracy of the time have been influenced by the architectural style of English garden cities. No wonder why many of the streets here are named after flowers. Besides hosting a significant number of foreign embassies they are also known for their elite private schools: Arsakeio Tositseio School, Moraitis School and Athens College.
Further north Kifisia, Kastri, Kefalari, Ekali and Politia are all idyllic districts developed amongst vast city parks that one feels being in the mountains. As they are slightly elevated from the sea level and in close proximity to the countryside the air is much cleaner and cooler. Their centres are buzzing around vibrant cafes, elegant restaurants and sophisticated boutique shopping malls.
Goulandris Natural History Museum founded in 1964 and villa Kazouli are two of Kifissia’s landmarks housed in imposing neoclassical building. Kifissia’s Park, a unique space that was created in 1885 and features sky-tall trees, wonderful design, a café and playground.
For passionate tennis players, two of Greece’s elite private clubs are based in the northern suburbs. Ekali club and Tatoi club that offers a variety of wellness services and top-class restaurants to their members.