6 New Cafés in Athens to Help Us Start the Day

As the morning sun rises over Athens, perfectly brewed coffees and freshly baked treats at the city's newest cafés offer the perfect start to the day.


We start the day with well-made coffee and delicious snacks at six fresh new spots in Athens, from Kallithea to Pangrati and from Piraeus to Exarchia. Here’s what we discovered:

 
 
 
 
 
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A neoclassical building dating from 1936 on the corner of the most commercial street in Piraeus has undergone a radical restoration and has become a required stop for specialty coffee, under the guidance of world-famous barista Stefanos Domatiadis, who spearheaded the project.

The menu features some ten coffee blends from specialty coffee farms from all over the world. The house selection is single origin from Brazil, while in a recent tasting, we also noted Buki, a single-origin coffee from Ethiopia, with its floral notes and low acidity. The menu also features lovely dessert selections, such as the juicy carrot cake and savory sandwiches. G.P. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sotiros Dios and Praxitelous, Piraeus

Ere Athens

A new concept store that combines coffee and homemade desserts with design objects, created by independent Greek and international creatives, opened just a few days ago on Erechtheiou Street in Koukaki, a few steps from the Acropolis Museum.

You can find a variety of products on the shelves of Ere Athens: organic herbs by Daphnis and Chloe, Lava Toy ceramics as well as honey and natural candles by Melicera. We accompany our Samba Coffee Roasters blend with a custard tart topped with fresh fruits, lemon tart with almond pasta and gluten-free cakes, freshly baked every day. G.P. 

 
 
 
 
 
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30 Erechtheiou, Koukaki, Τel. (+30) 210.923.6622

Behold the Man

This new cafe beside Exarchia Square has a handcrafted feeling and references to Bauhaus. The team behind Behold the Man designed and created everything from scratch, putting their care and attention into every inch of the space, from the furniture to the coffee being served (roasted by Omsom Coffee Roasters, they choose it themselves). The menu also features cold-pressed juices, teas, six different chocolate beverages with various types of cocoa, and beers exclusively from Greek microbreweries. For snacking, we opt for the original sandwiches prepared using buckwheat bread. G.P. 

 
 
 
 
 
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6 Stournari, Exarchia, Τel. (+30) 210.380.5644

Motiv

A few months ago, Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos opened Motiv in Pangrati, a sibling to the established branch in Exarchia. This is where they serve the exceptional coffee they purchase themselves. Their regular coffee is a blend from Brazil, Nicaragua and Guatemala, an aromatic and easy blend with hints of chocolate and nuts. They also offer a variety of single-origin coffees that change every 2-3 days, mainly from Colombia or Ethiopia.

Every day they prepare delicious, freshly-baked savory and sweet pastries. The airy focaccia with hot harissa paste and fragrant rosemary, and the super soft brioche buns filled with custard cream, white chocolate and pistachios, are the perfect accompaniments for your coffee. You can also buy their house blend for home brewing. M.P. 

 
 
 
 
 
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42 Formionos, Pangrati, Τel. (+30) 210.381.0899

Long Talk Coffee 

Yana and Nikos Koskosidis, repatriated Greeks from Kazakhstan, opened Long Talk Coffee in Kallithea just a few months ago. Nikos worked as a director in a marketing firm, while Yana is a photographer and translator. This is a small family business, but much attention is given to the products they offer and to carefully choosing their suppliers.

They serve TAF coffee, roasted in Greece. Every day they have a selection of fresh muffins, authentic French croissants and New York-style bagels from Leo’s House of Bagels. The menu features several vegan options. They also make their banana bread and fresh salads with seasonal vegetables. M.P.

 
 
 
 
 
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86 Aghion Panton, Kallithea, Τel. (+30) 210.958.5900

Pinky Ath 

The small Pinky Ath has only been open for a few months, as it opened its doors in Koukaki a few days after Christmas and immediately became a neighborhood favorite. Its minimal decor, with an emphasis on wooden detailing, and the service from experienced baristas create a welcoming atmosphere that will simply make your day. Open from early morning, they serve specialty coffee from Cafeistas, and in particular their African Blend. M.P.

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15 Kontouli, Koukaki



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