Instaworthy Sweets to Try in Athens, Greece

Ice cream cones with sprinkles, nuts or chocolate frosting at Hans & Gretel
Ice cream cones with sprinkles, nuts or chocolate frosting at Hans & Gretel | © Hans & Gretel
Photo of Ethel Dilouambaka
25 June 2018

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!

Rainbow Pancakes at Estrella Athens

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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Yummy rainbow pancakes at Estrella Athens
Yummy rainbow pancakes at Estrella Athens | © Estrella Athens
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.

Anything from DaVinci Artisan Gelato

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, Dessert, $$$
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DaVinci's signature sprinkle-covered cone
DaVinci's signature sprinkle-covered cone | © DaVinci Artisan Gelato

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.

Bubble waffle from Hans & Gretel

Candy Store, Dessert, $$$
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Hans & Gretel, Athens
Bubble waffle from Hans & Gretel, Athens | © Hans & Gretel

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.

Loukoumades from Lukumades

Dessert Shop, Coffee Shop, Contemporary, Dessert, $$$
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Loukoumades selection from Lukumades | © Lukumades

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.

Belgian waffles from Belgà Gaufrerie & Café

Dessert Shop, Coffee Shop, Dessert, Belgian, $$$
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Belgà gaufrerie & café
Belgian waffle at Belgà Gaufrerie & Café | © Belgà Gaufrerie & Café

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.

Kinder Bueno ice cream rolls from IceRoll

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, $$$
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IceRoll Athens
Delectable rolls of ice cream from IceRoll | © IceRoll

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.

Waffle sandwich with ice cream from Little Kook

Dessert Shop, Coffee Shop, Dessert, $$$
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Waffle sandwich goodness at Little Kook
Waffle sandwich goodness at Little Kook | © Little Kook

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.

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