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We spent a month drinking specialty coffee at the best Athens cafes. If you want to drink great coffee during your visit, then this is the perfect Athens coffee guide for you. We can’t say the same if you’re looking to drink traditional Greek coffee.
True confession: We love Greece but we don’t like Greek coffee. To us, the brew is strong, muddy and filled with low-quality grinds.
Some people love the stuff but it’s not our thing. As our readers know, we’re more into filtered coffee and flat whites made with third wave techniques.
We’re nothing if not consistent when it comes to coffee.
Athens Cafes Worth Visiting
But what about the coffee situation in Athens? As is the case with the best European cities, the Athens coffee scene is percolating with great roasters offering the kind of coffee we crave.
Athens’ new coffee culture is a reflection of the kind of youthful vitality that intrepid travelers can discover in the ancient city’s bold street art and emerging restaurant scene. It’s a fun element that, to us, makes Athens one of the most underrated cities in all of Europe.
These are our favorite coffee shops in Athens:
Away from the maddening crowds, taf is just a short walk from touristic Monastiraki.
Once you make the walk, you’ll find a small coffee shop that brews and packages its own beans. You’ll also find a great spot to take a break and enjoy top quality coffee.
No flash in the pan, taf has been open since 2009. This leader in the Athens coffee scene offers a variety of beans from Africa and Central America which customers enjoy in various coffee drinks from flat whites to cappuccinos.
If you love the beans, you can buy some to enjoy later in Athens or you can pick some up in global cities like London, Singapore and Milan. You can also drink taf coffee in Santorini while exploring the Greek isles.
Mr. Bean Coffee Roasters
Open since 2015, Mr. Bean serves the gamut of third wave coffee options including flat whites, cappuccinos and pour overs in a corner property with floor-to-ceiling windows.
In proper third wave tradition, the team at Mr. Bean roasts beans sourced from South America and Africa at a facility outside the city center. Owned and operated by three friends, this tiny Athens cafe is a good spot to linger over a coffee or two on a sunny day.
Include Mr. Bean on your Athens coffee crawl. This coffee shop is located down the block from taf.
Mr. Bean Coffee Roasters is located at Emmanouil Mpenaki 20, Athina 106 78, Greece.
Tailor Made offers an expansive menu of coffee options. The popular Athens cafe even offers an iced version of a flat white called a Flat White Freddo – a necessary menu item if you wish to ‘beat the heat.’ The coffee at Tailor Made isn’t cheap but the shop’s location and quality make it a good value.
Beyond its commitment to quality coffee, Tailor Made is also a great social scene that transforms into a cocktail lounge at night. We didn’t drink cocktails at Tailor Made but we did buy Colombian beans to brew in the auto-drip coffee maker at our Airbnb apartment. This, to us, was a double win.
Stop by Kostas for souvlaki when you visit Tailor Made. The popular stand is literally next door.
Tailor-Made Micro roastery is located at Agias Irinis 2, Athina 105 51, Greece.
Peek a Bloom
A cool, shady alleyway location adorned with potted plants makes this Syntagma area coffee shop a popular choice for both tourists and locals. Roasting their beans onsite, the coffee shop serves crafted espresso drinks as well as filtered coffee drinks.
Peek a Bloom serves food comparable to options at Athens restaurants. The menu features breakfast and lunch favorites like quinoa salad, eggs benedict and a unique pastrami sandwich flavored with chili jalapeño mayo.
Peek a Bloom is located down an alley from a couple other adjacent cafes. Be careful that you don’t go to the wrong coffee shop by mistake.
Peek a Bloom is located at Lekka 14, Athina 105 62
Kudu Coffee Roasters
We stumbled upon Kudu Coffee Roasters while walking around the Gazi neighborhood. Before long, we were sitting in the shi-shi coffee shop and enjoying an iced latte.
The thoroughly modern coffee shop prepares coffee using the latest extraction methods and offers cupping and brewing classes for its customers. Serious coffee drinkers can take an 18-hour barista workshop at Kudu.
Additional Athens Cafes
The Athens specialty coffee scene is expanding with new cafes opening every year. If your stay in Athens exceeds five days, check out some or all of the following Athens cafes:
Plan Your Athens Stay
Cafes may have revised their hours and menus due to COVID-19. Some may close, either temporarily or permanently, without notice. Be sure to check cafe websites for updated information.
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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.