The kaphenia are an integral part of Greek culture, places for locals to talk to each other and share news. They first appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, and some of them still exist. Described as historical cafés, kaphenia sustain their classic atmosphere by serving both traditional and modern desserts with coffee of supreme flavor. Here are our favorite kaphenia if you want to explore Athens’s unique historical café culture.
The story of Oraia Hellas conveys a love for Greek folklore and traditions. It is situated on Mitropoleos Street, Monastiraki, in the heart of Athens’s historical center. The building dates back to 1920 and was created by a fabric merchant, John Gerolimatos. His son, Panagiotis Gerolimatos, who loved Greek traditions, made it a center of Greek traditions more than 30 years ago. He dedicated time to making his idea come true; when you visit the cafe you can now see interesting Greek exhibitions. The cafe is on the first and second floors, where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Acropolis. Come here to enjoy Greek coffee with loukoumi (a Greek sweet), as well as other kinds of coffees and desserts.