Most areas in Athens are safe for walking even in late hours.   A good place to stay is around Syntagma Square where everyrhing is in close distance - restaurants, cafés, shops, and ancient sites.  Also recommended are Ilysia, Vas.Sofias and Panepistimiou Street.  Here there are many hotels, restaurants and taverns. 

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