There is no shortage of cafeterias, or coffee shops, to choose from in Athens. You find them at the Acropolis Museum and around every corner of the city. Greeks have refined the art of “going for a coffee” to a cultural pastime event. In fact, even amidst the financial crisis hitting Greece quiet hard at the moment, you will still see cafeterias packed full with locals at all hours of the day and night enjoying a relaxing café, which usually takes a few hours to finish off. With some of the unique and beautiful cafeterias that Athens has to offer, its easy to see why you’ll want to linger for a while and soak up the scene. Let’s take a look at some of the diverse options Athens serves up along the main tourists attractions and some a little more off the beaten path.
Whether you climb Mount Lykavettos or opt to take the funicular, once you reach the peak you will find a surprising reward — a cafeteria! The views of the city below are stunning as you can see the Acropolis, all of Athens and even the ships leaving the port of Piraeus for island getaways. Coffee and an amazing selfie, in all, a great day!
After checking out the changing of the Evzones (National Guards) in front of the Presidential Palace, stop into the National Gardens for a coffee. The National Gardens Café can be accessed from the Irodou Attikou entrance to the park and provides a flashback to what Athens must have been like 100 years ago. Its small and quaint, serving coffee, tea and desert under a lush umbrella of trees in this “oasis” in the center of Athens. Of course, once done with your coffee, you can take a stroll in the gardens. Perfect bliss.
Get away from the crowds at the Filion Café. Located at 34 Skoufa Street in Kolonaki, this low key café is a great place for a relaxing coffee, watching the passer-byes and sample yummy Greek pastries. It attracts artist and writers as well as being located near one of Athens most spectacularly adorned Orthodox churches, Ayios Dionysios.
Another top pick is Tailor Made, a micro roastery & cocktail bar located in the heart of Athens at Plateia Agias Eirinis 2, Monastiraki. The micro-roasters opened in 2011 and has gained much popularity because of its array of coffee blends as well as hand-pressed teas. The mood is set with a modern art vibe in the interior to the tables outside along a flower market. At night, this cafeteria turns into a hip cocktail and wine bar.
For the best views of the Acropolis and to enjoy a coffee, drink or even a meal, Sin Athena is the place to go. Centrally located at Herakleidon 2, Τhisio, they have a roof top garden that is open every night and presents an enchanting atmosphere as the Acropolis lights up under the starry skies.
Located on 22 Lysiou Street, Plaka, Café Melina is a unique cafeteria, dedicated to the late Melina Mercouri, the famous Greek actress and former Minister of Culture. The cafeteria serves coffee and drinks as well as food. It is a charming and intimate setting, filled with photos and memorabilia of Mercouri. A wonderful and unique spot in Athens for a coffee or a drink.