Cafes & Meeting Places in Greece
Whether you are after a quick espresso or a more relaxed frape (Greek iced coffee) with lots of conversation, there are countless places on offer.
Cafés play an important part in Greek social and business life. You will see them everywhere and usually filled with people.
You will probably find a favourite café quite quickly. It only takes a few visits to be considered a regular and have the waiters remember your usual order and your favourite table. But do also explore the great variety of cafés, each with its own atmosphere, signature dish, or a particularly delicious herbal tea – for which Greece has a long tradition.
In the heart of upscale Kolonaki, Zurbarán welcomes you in a striking and elegant space. You can come for a coffee, a drink, a full meal or a light snack. There is also outdoor
seating in a lovely garden. Zurbarán is good for groups and popular with the business community.
A pleasant café & bistro serving delectable baked goods as well as light meals, Kitchen Lab has two locations in the suburbs – one in Agia Paraskevi and one in Glyfada. If you have a hankering for a proper bagel or Eggs Benedict, this is the place to visit.
Daily 9:00 till midnight
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Quaint and pretty, Lotte Café & Bistro serves from the morning till late at night. The fare is informal and delicious, and in the evenings you will sometimes find live music as well. The café is not far from the Acropolis Museum in the lovely neighbourhood of Koukaki.
Dexameni Square is a popular meeting point for Athenians in summer. The century-old outdoor café is open day and night and in addition to drinks offers an extensive menu of excellent mezedes – small dishes to be shared around the table. Across from the café there is also a summer outdoor cinema, and people often combine a movie with a visit to the café.
This café & bistro is housed in the large courtyard of the Museum of the City of Athens. The building, a fine example of neoclassical architecture, also served as the initial, temporary residence of the first king of Modern Greece – Otto I – until a proper palace could be built.
Hilton Meeting Rooms
The Hilton hotel in Athens is highly attuned to the needs of business travellers, and as a result has excellent amenities for business people. This includes a number of meeting rooms from intimate conference rooms to large spaces suitable for sales presentations and the like.
Principote – Mykonos
Principote is located right on one of the gorgeous beaches in Mykonos, Panormos Beach. Serving elegantly outdoors under the shade of trellises, Principote offers both drinks and refreshments as well as a sophisticated cuisine.
Estrella – Thessaloniki
Repeatedly rated among the best cafés of Thessaloniki, Estrella has the ambience, service and menu to provide a relaxing and enjoyable break in a busy day. Particularly known for an excellent brunch and mouth-watering sweets, Estrella also serves an interesting selection of favourite street foods from around the world.
A Kolonaki institution, Da Capo has a charming retro feel and sits right on the square. The café draws the movers and shakers of Greek politics and business and serves excellent coffee and small snacks. It is particularly popular for mid-morning meetings and is a convenient meeting point because everyone knows it.
Scorpios – Mykonos
On the beach in Mykonos, the outdoor, elegant Scorpios café and restaurant proudly adheres to a Mediterranean approach to food and enjoyment. Seafood and vegetarian dishes are prominent on the menu and long tables invite meals shared with friends.
Michelin stars, television awards and love for high gastronomy. These have featured in Lambros’ career.
Lambros was born in Massachusetts, U.S., and raised on Samos Island, Greece. His love for cooking brought him to Athens where he sharpened his culinary skills at Alpine College. He went on to work at the Mykonos Grace Hotel and then moved to Spain where he cooked at Martín Berasategui, a Michelin 3-star restaurant in San Sebastian. He also worked at the Michelin 1-star Japanese restaurant Kabuki Wellington in Madrid and Abama Kabuki in Tenerife, amongst other places. In 2017, he took part in Greece’s cooking gameshow MasterChef. With his speed, knowledge, and extensive gastronomic experience, he won over the judges and took first prize. He now has a cooking spot on Star Channel Television, promotes good food and wellness, and has created his own brand of seasoning blends called FLAVORITS.