Drinking coffee in Athens is the overall social occasion

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.  

Lulu's Bakery & Deli
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While sightseeing in the Plaka area dont miss Lulu's bakery and delicatessen on Tripodon street. Here you can taste excellent coffee and home made snacks, traditional desserts, savory pies, in a warm, friendly atmosphere with interesting decor...  Read More

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Taf coffee is a favorite hang out in the center of Athens and since it opened aimed at informing the public of the new coffee culture and offering knowledge about high quality coffee. The public is informed through the open communication with...  Read More

Ilissia cafe restaurant
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Cafe restaurant Ilissia is situated right next to the Duchess of Plakentia mansion, in the cool garden of the Byzantine and Christian Museum. In this quiet and tranquil space you can forget that you are right in the center of the city. Enjoy...  Read More

Numismatic Museum Garden Cafe
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The garden of the Numismatic Museum on central Panepistimiou street is a quiet oasis in the heart of the city, and a popular destination right next to the impressive Chiller mansion, which was the house of famous archeologist Henry Schliemann. A...  Read More

Graffito Health Bar
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Graffito Health Bar on busy Solonos street in Kolonaki is a favorite destination, which can also be combined with shopping at Graffito concept store. Taste the excellent coffee, selected and roasted by the Greek company Kudu, the fresh energy...  Read More

Petite Fleur
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Petite Fleur opened in 2001 in Kolonaki and is an enchanting place with positive energy, attention to every detail and references both from Parisian bistros and English Country style. The music is jazz and blues from past decades, creating a...  Read More

Cappuccino di Achille
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Cappuccino d'Achille on Valaoritou pedestrian street is a popular hangout for the many people who prefer this attractive street in the center of Athens for their daily coffee or drink. Achille offered for the first time specialty coffees and a...  Read More

Jimmys Coffee Shop
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Jimmys coffee shop is an all time classic in Athens since 1981 and has been named the outdoor press room in Valaoritou. Jimmys opens at 6.30 in the morning and many long distance travelers go there for a hearty breakfast with freshly brewed...  Read More



Genuine Italian taste, very near the Italian embassy, this cosy cafe offers genuine espresso at the bar or tables. Wide selection of panini, tramezzini, bocconcini and brioche for a light snack and authentic italian plates with bresaola,...  Read More



Ideally placed just a few steps from Attica shopping mall, Clemente VIII could be in Florence or Rome, owing to its exclusive Italian style. Excellent coffee, light snacks and a great place for people-watching. The coffee is freshly ground and...  Read More


Meet Nelly Paraskevopoulou

Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles.  For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back...  More About Nelly