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Athens Unfiltered: A Coffee Lover’s Guide

Discover our round-up of the best places to order a coffee in Athens! 

Coffee lovers will agree: you haven’t explored a city until you’ve tried its third-wave cafes. Amidst a sea of all-day cafes, these Athens spots shine for their focus on sourcing, roasting, and serving premium coffee.

Foyer Espresso

After eight years in the heart of the city, Foyer Espresso has moved to a new spot in the hip inner-city neighbourhood of Pagrati. Now, the place is bigger and brighter, giving brothers George and Makis the space to serve even more top-notch coffee every day. Foyer Espresso has earned a reputation as one of the city’s premier multi-roaster cafes with good reason. Each day, patrons can select from three different espressos sourced from unique geographical origins, along with notable filter coffee options.

The cafe’s in-house bakery prioritises quality over quantity. Daily offerings include treats like a zingy New York cheesecake, and comforting chocolate cake, as well as savoury buns featuring fresh ingredients (the mortadella bun with 14MO Gouda and tomato jam is a must-try).

A: Vryaxidos 2, Athens

ANÄNA Coffee & Food

With an almost cult-like following, ANÄNA attracts a crowd of loyal regulars. Whether seated in the curved portico-roofed courtyard or the cozy indoor seating area, guests are enveloped in a bright and airy space adorned with Scandinavian-inspired decor and ample windows. The team here takes pride in their craft, roasting their coffee in-house and offering carefully selected blends and single origins from Kenya, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Ethiopia. At ANÄNA the coffee machine hums seemingly without pause from open to close.

An irresistible aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls regularly wafts from the small kitchen, tempting you to indulge in a sweet treat. But ANÄNA offers more than just pastries; their menu features fresh sandwiches and a small brunch selection that is vegan-friendly. 

A: Praxitelous 33, Athens


Head over to sunny Brazil Square and snag yourself a prime spot at Lot51 where you can enjoy one-of-a-kind daily blends by Athenian micro roastery, June. Since this is Greece, you’ll of course spot plenty of tables lined with Freddo Espresso, but don’t overlook their equally impressive flat white and other hot coffee options. The food on offer goes beyond snacks with an ever-expanding kitchen serving up brunch and sourdough pizzas. 

If you’re in the mood to kick back with a great coffee and soak up the sunshine, Lot51 has you covered. If you’re in a hurry, take a quick 5-minute walk up the road to their take-away and delivery outpost, MicroLot. It’s the perfect choice for a coffee on the go without compromising on quality.

A: Papadiamantopoulou 24B, Athens | Microlot: Mikras Asias 4, Athens

Roasting Warehouse Athens

This family-owned business originated in Australia and has been going strong for three generations. It started as a micro roastery in North Melbourne and has grown into a slick roasting facility. Celebrating their Greek roots, the team has opened their first Roasting Warehouse outpost in Neos Kosmos.

They bring in single-origin beans from Brazil, Honduras, and El Salvador, and their special blends like the sweet and fruity ‘Day Dreamer’ and the rich, dark ‘Happy Days’ are a hit with everyone who drops by. The team at Roasting Warehouse is all about great coffee—they supply beans wholesale and even run barista training.

Australians famously know how to do brunch right, and the crowd waiting for a table on Sunday mornings says it all. Dive into dishes like free-range eggs, chilli scrambled halloumi, or the fried chicken waffle with syrup, sriracha mayo, and fried egg. And if you’re up for a boozy brunch, you’ll love the Bellinis and Mimosas on the menu.

A: Ntelakroua 2, Athens

Other notable stop-ins for your coffee travels around Athens

Who says coffee on the run has to be average? These great take-away spots will keep you fuelled on caffeine as you explore all Athens has to offer.

YAYU coffee (Emmanouil Benaki 40, Athens) skirts Omonoia and Exarcheia and is fast becoming famous not only for their multi-roaster coffee selection, but also for its dirty chai latte. 

Wandering through Kolonaki? Stop in at REDD Coffee (Kapsali 8, Athens). 

Dope Roasting Co. (Vissis 25, Athens) located near Monastiraki metro station is the perfect stop-in for a coffee and sandwich before jumping onto the Airport/Piraeus metro line. 

ĒRE Athens (Erechthiou 30, Athens) is the spot when it comes to a fine cup of coffee and maybe even a sweet treat in Acropolis-adjacent Koukaki. 

Atot (Lekka 28, Athens) is quite possibly the smallest coffee shop in Athens but, make no mistake, their love for fine coffee is extra-large.

Main Image by LOT51


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