What: A square in the Psiri neighborhood located in the older section of Athens, Greece.

Why it Works: This area is for the explorer. Walking through the area known as Psiri in the daytime is deceiving. Streets are filled with working class people and this former leather craftsman district contains a variety of shops and businesses that might be described as practical or business oriented. But starting at around 6 p.m. Psiri undergoes the transformation from working class light industrial, to a mecca of cafes, bars, restaurants and ouzeries. The mix of uses in this area of Athens is very successful. The streets are filled with tables and chairs, and what were parking lots during the day become dramatically lighted dining areas for restaurants at night. It seems like a perfect place for a quick getaway from the bustle of the city. People use this space at all times of the day, for different reasons. They either work there during the day, or go out for a night of entertainment. The easiest way to enter Psiri is from one of the small roads between the Attalos Hotel and Monistiraki Square on Athinas street. Besides these places there are numerous cafes and restaurants, and very few cars to bother you.

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GREAT PUBLIC SPACES: Plateia Iroon, Square of the Heroes (Psiri, Athens) was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by jchao