The 10 Best Coffee Shops & Cafés in Kolonaki, Athens

LowCal, Athens
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Ethel Dilouambaka

Greeks take their coffee seriously, so it should come as no surprise when you see coffee shops and cafés lining street after street. If you are in the Kolonaki district, here are a few of the best choices for a coffee break in the posh neighbourhood.

1. Ntemonte

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Greek

Ntemonte, Athens
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Whether you are in the area for a morning coffee, a quick lunch break or some afternoon tea, Ntemonte is a great option to visit. This little gem is a lovely café, complete with an open kitchen and a wide selection of coffee, tea and pastries. Choose a table, sit down and relax; you are in good hands. The scones come highly recommended, so be sure to order one – you won’t regret it.

2. Graffito

Cafe, Dessert Shop, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Greek

The first concept store in Athens, Graffito is a 450-square-metre (4,844-square-foot) shop where you can find elegant furniture, beautiful home décor and clothing, as well as a café bar with healthy food options. Raw vegan desserts, juices and premium quality coffee from small producers in Colombia and Brazil will entice you to prolong your shopping experience. It’s delightful.

3. Portatif

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Bistro, Greek, Coffee

Portatif, Athina
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A cosy haven in Kolonaki where you can enjoy delicious sweets and excellent coffee is Portatif on Sina Street. With a French bistro vibe, Portatif has well-qualified staff who have mad latte art skills and will serve you an aromatic cup of coffee. If you’re hungry, pair your beverage with cheesecake or homemade croissants and while away the time.

4. Filion

Cafe, Greek, Coffee

A cosy, casual café where you can relax while sipping on a good cup of joe, Filion is a place where journalists, writers, politicians and artists mingle. Located next to a beautiful Orthodox church, once you’re there, you may catch a glimpse of a lively debate among new friends, or you can simply spend your time watching passersby.

5. Jimmy's Coffee Shop

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Greek

If you are on the lookout for a great brunch with good coffee in Kolonaki, then Jimmy’s Coffee Shop is the place to be. Around since 1981, it is famous for its tasty espresso and its lemon pie. If you drop by for a hearty breakfast, you’ll find a menu offering fresh coffee, warm croissants, an omelette, and a wide selection of sandwiches. If you pop by for lunch, don’t forget to end your meal with a piece of lemon pie. People from the political, media and economic worlds often make up the clientele at Jimmy’s.

6. Numismatic Museum Garden Café

Bistro, Cafe, Contemporary

Located on Panepistimiou Street, the Numismatic Museum is home to a charming garden café – a quiet oasis where you can enjoy coffee, snacks, salads and homemade desserts. From the garden, you can admire the splendid Chiller mansion, the former home of archaeologist Henry Schliemann.

7. Loukoumelo

Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee, Greek, Italian

Loukoumelo, Athens
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A hot spot for loukoumades, Loukoumelo is a little shop where you can enjoy not only mouthwatering sweets such as crêpes but also fresh salads, tramezzino and sandwiches. But since you’re there for coffee, be sure to try their incredible Italian coffee; it will easily wake you up for the day.

8. LowCal

Cafe, Bar, Pub Grub, Greek, Coffee

LowCal, Athens
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An all-day hub on Tsakalof Street, LowCal is a modern eatery and an ideal place to start your day. LowCal is open from 7:00 a.m. until the evening and is an excellent spot for a coffee or lunch break after a shopping session. Serving healthy cuisine, this is where you can indulge without feeling guilty.

9. Carpo

Store, Shop

A perfect spot for a coffee on the go, Carpo is mostly known for its wide selection of dried fruits, nuts and other sweets, but it is also more than that. It sells excellent coffee too, which you can enjoy on the spot (standing) or buy in bulk to take home.

10. Warehouse

Wine Bar, Bar, Coffee Shop, Contemporary, Greek, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Warehouse, Valtetsiou 21
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Right on the border of Kolonaki and Exarcheia, Warehouse is a favourite all-day bar where you can enjoy coffee in the morning and delicious wine and refreshing cocktails in the evening. This place is so comfy and cool that it’s possible to arrive in the morning and not leave until the late afternoon.

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