Metaxourgeio or Metaxourgio is a neighborhood of Athens, Greece.
From the Greek: Μεταξουργείο pronounced [me.tak.suɾˈʝio]), which means “silk mill.”
The spot is located at the north of the historical center of Athens, between Kolonos to the east, around Kerameikos to the west, and north of Gazi.
Doing a decent buzz, Metaxourgeio is frequently described as a transitional neighborhood.
After a long period of abandonment in the late 20th century, the area is acquiring a reputation as an artistic and fashionable neighborhood due to the opening of many art galleries, museums, and trendy restaurants and cafes.
Moreover, local efforts to beautify and invigorate the neighborhood have reinforced a budding sense of community and artistic expression.
Anonymous art pieces containing quotes and sayings in both English and Ancient Greek have begun springing up throughout the neighborhood, including statements such as “Art for art’s sake” (Τεχνη τεχνης χαριν).
Guerrilla gardening has also helped to beautify this area, taking advantage of the ample sunshine in Greece.
The heart of the neighborhood is Avdi Square, which draws residents and visitors with its open space, greenery, periodic festivals and gatherings, and adjacent restaurants, theatres, and art galleries.