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Koukaki (Greek: Κουκάκι) is a southeast neighbourhood of the Municipality of Athens, Greece.

Location

Koukaki in Athens

The general area of Koukaki borders from the north with Makrygianni neighbourhood and the historical district of Plaka (the historical neighbourhood of Athens), the Municipality of Kallithea and Petralona neighbourhood from the south, Neos Kosmos neighbourhood from the east, and Filopappou and Thisio neighbourhoods from the west. The two largest streets that cross Koukaki are Veikou Street (north-to-south) and Dimitrakopoulou Street (south-to-north). On the borderline between Koukaki and Neos Kosmos stands Andrea Syngrou Avenue, an important avenue in Athens that connects its center with Poseidonos Avenue to the south.


Various features

It has a large weekly vegetable market every Friday.
Transportation

Koukaki can be reached using all public means of transportation:

By metro/subway: Koukaki is served by two Athens Metro stations, Akropoli (near the Acropolis) and Syngrou-Fix (on Andrea Syngrou Avenue). The overground station of Petralona is also near [1].
By tram: Koukaki is served by both lines (Syntagma-SEF and Syntagma-Kolimvitirio) of the Athens Tram (L. Vouliagmenis and Fix stops).
By bus: Served by a large number of ETHEL bus routes along Andrea Syngrou Avenue, including 024, 040, 106, 110, 126, 134, 135, 136, 137, 230, A2, B2, E2, and E22.
By trolley bus: Routes 1, 5, and 15 of ILPAP have stops along Veikou and Dimitrakopoulou streets.

Points of interest

The Agios Ioannis (St. John's Church)
The old Fix brewery ruins on Andrea Syngrou Avenue
The cafe and restaurant-filled Drakou pedestrian zone from Gargaretta Square
The cafe and restaurant-filled G. Olympiou pedestrian zone from Koukaki Square
The 14th and 33rd high-schools of Athens

Famous current and former residents

Koula Agagiotou (1915–2006), Greek actress
Nikolaos Kaklamanakis (1968- ), Greek Olympic gold medalist
Sapfo Notara (1907–1985), Greek actress
Ekaterini Thanou (1975– ), Greek athlete
Mikis Theodorakis (1925- ), composer
Viky Vanita (1948?–2007), Greek actress

External links

Rob Wallace's photographs from Koukaki
P.A.O. Koukaki Volleyball Club website

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