Skip to Content

The Best Athens Cafes for Drinking Specialty Coffee

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.

Flat White at Taf in Athens Greece
We drank this flat white at award-winning taf.

Important Update
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.

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

Flat White at Mr. Bean in Athens Greece
The flat whites at Mr. Bean are classic third wave coffee drinks with their single sourced beans and latte art.

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:

taf

Irini Daskalopoulou at Taf in Athens Greece
Barista Irini Daskalopoulou expertly pours a flat white at taf.

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.

Coffee To Go at Taf
Even the to go coffees at taf have pretty latte art.

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.

Pro Tip

Grab some souvlaki at Lefteris O Politis before or after you get your coffee at taf. This excellent Athens souvlaki shop is just a five-minute walk from taf.

taf coffee shop is located at Emmanouil Mpenaki 7, Athina 106 78, Greece.

Mr. Bean Coffee Roasters

Barista Ntouvas Chis at Mr. Bean in Athens Greece
Ntouvas Chis prepares a flat white with precision at Mr. Bean.

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.

Pro Tip

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

Tailor Made in Athens Greece
Tailor Made’s outdoor cafe is always buzzing with people. This spot on St. Irene square in Monastiraki is one of our favorite spots for drinking top quality, 3rd wave beans.

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.

Flat White Freddo at Tailor Made in Athens Greece
Tailor Made’s refreshing Flat White Freddo does not come with ice. Baristas shake the double espresso shot with ice before pouring the creamy concoction over cold milk.

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.

Pro Tip

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

Peek a Bloom in Athens Greece
We dug the vibe at Peek a Bloom. You will too.

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.

Flat White at Peek a Bloom in Athens Greece
Peek a Bloom sources its beans from local producers around the world.

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.

Pro Tip

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

Kudu Coffee Roasters in Athens Greece.
Modern equipment means modern coffee at 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.

Pro Tip

Don’t feel like you have to venture to Gazi to enjoy Kudu’s coffee. You can find the beans at coffee shops like Small 8 in the Pagrati neighborhood.

Kudo Coffee Roasters is located at 25is Martiou 22, Neo Psichiko 154 51, Greece.

Additional Athens Cafes

Flat White at Tailor Made in Athens Greece
The flat whites at Tailor Made are as classic as they come. But end your Athens coffee exploration here

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:

Thirsty for More?

Check out our coffee guides for other European cities including Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Dublin, Hamburg, Lisbon and Paris.

Pin It for Later

Pinterest image: image of coffee with caption reading 'Athens Coffee Guide'
Red Beach Selfie in Santorini

About the Authors

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.

Subscribe

You’ll get periodic email updates as well as our FREE guide to eating like a local when you travel. We won’t send you spam and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Article Updates
We update our articles regularly. Some updates are major while others are minor link changes and spelling corrections. Let us know if you see anything that needs to be updated in this article.

French 75 Recipe with Cointreau
← Previous
Mauresque Cocktail Recipe with Ricard Pastis de Marseille
Next →