Whether you prefer your coffee gourmet, cosmopolitan, quiet, classy, hip or retro, the ideal place exists among the many choices in Athens. From the famous places like Jimmy's, Clemente VIII and Alfiere in the center, to the museum cafes at the Numismatic and Byzantine museums, or the connoisseur Taf closer to Omonia, places for coffee are always popular for locals and visitors. Some serve light meals and are usually open also in the evening, when they attract a livelier crowd for a drink. Recently many cafes have established a ‘happy hour’ with lower prices. Speaking of prices, they may vary slightly depending on the area and the style of the cafe. Some cafes organize musical events, exhibitions and parties, and most serve both outside during the long warm season and inside in the cooler months. Locals usually have one or two favorite places where they hang out or meet friends, but will gladly try new places, which quickly become popular if they meet the demanding standards of Athenians. The most popular coffee in town is espresso, followed by cappuccino and in the warm season many varieties of iced coffee. If you decide to try the iced ‘frappe’ with or without milk keep in mind that it is made with ground coffee and is usually very strong. Ask for a light one if you dont want to stay awake all night! Most cafes serve their coffee accompanied with small biscuits and in some cases whole portions of cake included in the price. A cup of coffee is always accompanied by white and brown sugar and saccharine, so that you can choose the sweetener you prefer.
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