People say we eat with our eyes first, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s one of the reasons why food photography and Instagram have been enjoying a huge success in the past decade. And now, you too can up the Insta ante with a few picture-perfect treats on your feed.
Luckily for you, we have done the heavy lifting and selected some of the most jaw-dropping sweets in Athens so that all you have to do is show up, order and eat them, after snapping a few shots, of course!
Estrella is an excellent place to cure any sweet craving. Located on the pedestrian street of Romvis, near Monastiraki, this little breakfast-and-brunch haven welcomes long lines of brunch aficionados during the weekend who sometimes travel a long time to enjoy the delicious red velvet pancakes or the unique bougatsan, a hybrid dessert which combines the greatness of the croissant and the creaminess of the bougatsa. Our pick, however, is the rainbow pancakes, a colorful set of pancakes topped with sweet popcorn.
DaVinci Artisan Gelato has become a go-to for ice cream lovers in recent years. This ice cream paradise has the most mouthwatering flavors that you can enjoy in a sprinkled-covered cone. It also offers the simple yet delicious semifreddo donut, which comes in a variety of flavors, plus milkshakes (our eyes are on the cookies and cream one), which will transport you to seventh heaven.
Located on Adrianou, Hans & Gretel is a candy store inspired by the famous Grimm fairytale and draws visitors to the premises with its sweet aroma. But the show-stopper is undeniably the bubble waffle that you can fill with your favorite treats and ice cream to create your dream sweet on the go. However, the chimney cake is equally fascinating.
Revisiting a classic sweet from Greek cuisine, Lukumades reintroduced the delicious loukoumades to our modern palates with a series of traditional and innovative flavors. Lukumades dug deep and came up with a secret recipe that makes these little donut holes one of the top reasons to drop by the shop. Stay classic with an authentic syrupy honey topping with nuts or opt for bolder options, such as caramel apple pie and double chocolate cookie.
Sometimes, simple can be just as tasty and delicious as something more elaborate. For a scrumptious treat, these authentic Belgian waffles from Belgà in Halandriare are delectable. With a variety of toppings available, these waffles can end any meal or afternoon, or midnight craving, on a high note. From praline or Snickers toppings to refreshing fruits and creamy yogurt, you are sure to satisfy any sugar craving without completely wrecking your healthy lifestyle in one meal.
Enjoy some delicious ice cream rolls made with fresh ingredients at IceRoll in Glyfada. There, you can enjoy this heavenly frozen dessert from Thailand made entirely without any preservatives or additives. This sweet treat is topped with yummy Bueno chocolate bar chunks for an out-of-this-world ice cream experience, but you can also opt for one of the ‘lighter’ options with fresh fruit.
Little Kook hardly needs an introduction. This fairytale-inspired café is what dreams are made of. With a monthly theme, a menu filled with delicious treats and drinks, and unique décor, Little Kook is now an institution in central Athens. And the establishment serves yummy desserts worth a thousand pictures, just like the waffle sandwich filled with ice cream that we guarantee you will devour with your eyes before gulping it down in minutes.