Drink With the Locals at This Newly Opened Athens Neighbourhood Bar

In a city filled with all-day cafes, Eprepe Bar is a welcome addition to the inner-city neighbourhood of Kypseli. 

The low down… Tired of ordering your cocktail, only to have it accompanied by nuts or chips? So too were the group behind this new bar in Kypseli, located on the pedestrian street of Agias Zonis. At Eprepe, zero waste is a key philosophy and you’ll often see the same raw ingredients included in their cocktails and bar food. Seasonality also plays a role from the food and the preparations for their cocktail list right down to their wine cellar. 

Décor/ Ambience: The space is modern yet comfortable, with countertops, cushioned high chairs and a side bar that opens almost completely, so that the neighbourhood becomes part of the interior. The feeling is familiar and comfortable, yet has a definite bar vibe to it and a rotation of DJs throughout the week. 

Something to drink: There is a handsome selection of natural wines, and a range of harder-to-find spirits. Classic cocktails like the negroni and dry martini sit alongside signature cocktails like the house spritz made from pet nat wine, bitters and soda. 

Menu: The small bites on the menu are perfect for sharing over a glass of natural wine. Bites are all made in-house from scratch and include house-made focaccia, grilled cauliflower served on carrot and ginger puree, and an aromatic chickpea dish served with sesame crackers. All drinks are accompanied by off-menu bites like fried gigantes beans, parmesan cookies and even handmade chocolate truffles. 

Order my fave dish: The menu is seasonal, but if you come across the tartaki (small tarts filled with pea cream and topped with asparagus), it’s a must-try. These small morsels are fresh, fragrant and packed with flavour.

Price range: Bar food ranges from 3-7 euro and cocktails average out at 9 euro. 

Clientele: Young, hip locals of Kypseli (and surrounding neighbourhoods). Great for catching up with one or two friends or unwinding with an after work drink. 

Location: Agias Zonis 1, Athens

Opening hours/days: Closed Mondays. Open from 2 pm-2 am (Sundays 1-8pm).

Main Image by Athinorama 

A Hot New All Day Bar Has Just Opened in Athens 

Having only opened its doors a few nights ago, this hot new drinking spot in Athens, is the talk of the town; and how can it not be when it’s the brainchild of Nikos Bakoulis and Vasilis Kyritsis, the creators behind award-winning bar The Clumsies, and their talented friend Dimitris Dafopoulos. 

Type: All-day bar.

The low down: Line Athens serves grape-less wine (yes there’s such a thing), nomad beer, and artisan bread (a few types to choose from)- making this cool spot in the centre of the city “the” place to visit for magnificent cocktails, fabulous bar food, and a great laid-back vibe. 

Bar menu: The impressive drinks menu includes cocktails such as the New York Sour featuring Mastiha/lemon/ Bruxo Mezcal/line port; grape-less wines from Greece including a Honey-why-in with cotton mead/pineapple/passion/fennel, and a Fig Why-in of the Askada variety from the region of Karditsa. For those that love a good beer, you can throw back a line lager or a line west coast.

Bar food: From King oyster spaghetti and Cabbage roll beef tartare to hot dogs with pork sausage and an Athenian salad with lettuce, celery, carrot, and parsley– the food has been created by young up-and-coming chef Pavlos Kiriakis, who has designed the enticing menu to be shared amongst friends. 

Décor/Ambience: This stunning former gallery of Zouboulaki has been given a minimalist yet chic makeover by the talented Nine Design team who have added plenty of industrial touches. Featuring mainly concrete, metal and wood, the neutral tones are mixed in with a splash of colour- creating a fine, warm texture to the open space.  

Cocktail/spirit price range: Cocktails are priced at 10 €, wines 6.50 to 7  € a glass and beer is around 6 €.

Dress code: Casual and relaxed.

Opening Hours: Open from noon to late evening Monday-Sunday

Address: Agathodaimonas 37, Kato Petralona

Line Athens

The Return of Café Boheme, an Athens Classic

Fourteen years after opening on Omirou St in Kolonaki, the atmospheric Café Boheme bar-restaurant, with a loyal following amongst a sophisticated Athens’ clientele, reopens in a different location with fresh décor and a new attitude. 

Since my mid-’30s and until it closed, within a few months of the pandemic hitting planet earth, Café Boheme was my stomping ground, a hangout where I felt I belonged to a vibe, a tribe, and a lifestyle. It was then a small and super-cosy, dimly lit and polished little place where the DJ and sometimes live acts kept us dancing closely till the wee hours, as we chomped on truffle pizza and sipped great wine. Always beautifully decorated with pink liliums on each table and immaculate seasonal décor for themed parties usually organised by co-owner Cassandra Wagstaffe, with her mother Alison Wagstaffe’s beautiful paintings decorating the walls, it made every one of its customers feel at home.

But its dinky size and lack of outside seating areas made it impossible to keep hold of in the face of a global pandemic, so owner Dimitris Manolakis and his team, including his daughter Maria who helps manage the place, looked for more open horizons. Within a year they got to work on an elegant neoclassical building, formerly the well-known Barbayiannis establishment, to create a new Café Boheme. With high ceilings and colonial-style fans, stone walls, a long glossy bar and a long monastic bench indoors, and tables dotting the wide pedestrian street outside, they’d found the perfect new spot. Almost immediately, new customers came to discover it as much as old clients ran to re-live the Boheme buzz.

And apart from the warm hospitality and pretty décor of the place, most of its current fans visit for the mouth-watering menu, as the place has gone from bar-restaurant to restaurant-bar. Using high-quality Greek ingredients sourced from top producers around the country, the chef prepares sophisticated (but unpretentiously so) and often wholesome, comforting dishes. The culinary style could be described as Mediterranean – with elements of classic Greek, French and Italian above all.

Pizza in various thin-crust renditions remains a star on the menu, but elegantly prepared and flavour-packed fish, meat and plenty of vegetarian dishes keep everyone happy. My go-to favourites and the tastiest, most satiating foods that I highly recommend are: juicy biftekia (beef patties) with truffle-flavoured mashed potatoes, succulent grilled seabass with boiled greens, a salad with melty goat’s cheese and glazed figs, baked aubergine with tomato sauce and crumbled Feta and grilled salmon with grilled vegetables and crunchy baby calamari. If you’re at Café Boheme with kids, and that’s a very good idea because the wide pedestrian street makes for a good play area too, apart from pizza you can also try the crispy potato ‘rocks’ and club sandwich.

With affordable prices, a charming ambiance, professional service, delicious dishes and an accessible location (the nearest metro is Panepistimio), Café Boheme is likely to become one of your favourite haunts too. Here’s to a new era for a hangout with a special character.

A: Emmanouil Benaki 94, Athens

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday- 10 am to 2 am

Main Image Courtesy of Bovary | Panagiotis Malliaris 

Athens’ Chic New Rooftop Bistro With 360-Degree Views of the City

Located on the 8th floor of the Hondos Centre in Kallithea, a 10-minute drive from the centre of Athens, this stylish new all-day rooftop garden bistro overlooks the entire capital city from above.

So, if you are searching for a chic spot in Athens to grab brunch, lunch, or cocktails- add Delicate Café to your list! Here you can enjoy an artisan coffee of your choice, a delightful brunch menu, and handcrafted cocktails- all while enjoying 360-degree views of Athens. On the one hand, you have the striking Acropolis Hill, while the stunning Aegean Sea is on the other. And with a retractable glass roof- you can sit out here rain, hail, or shine!

The Parisian-inspired terrace is filled with a mix of soft pink and green velvet chairs, marble tables, a charming mint coloured fountain, and endless floral arrangements that add a soft touch to the open space. This has become a regular haunt for Athenians from all over the city who come to experience the wonderful atmosphere- and to grab an Instagram-worthy photo (of course)!

Choose from the brunch menu which includes scrambled eggs, Croque Madame, and pancakes; and if you are after a light lunch there is a range of sandwiches and salads including Caprese, Traditional Greek Salad, and Quinoa. If you are after something more filling there are also handmade burgers, pasta, and risotto; as well as grilled chicken, pork, and the special of the day.

Those with a sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice as there is a lovely range of cakes and pastries, as well as croissants and profiteroles on the dessert menu.

And if you’re just after a refreshment, you can choose from a long list of coffees, fresh juices, herbal teas, and of course a wonderful list of local wines, aperitifs, and cocktails; including the Delicate Mule, which features pink gin, lime, and homemade ginger ale.

A: El. Venizelou 108-110 Kallithea, Athens

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 8 pm

Views that Make You High at Prasini Tenta

We visited Prasini Tenta, the spectacularly scenic, born-again hangout on Lycabettus Hill that has now turned into a restaurant/café/bar that locals and tourists alike love.

As Athens’ tallest hill (277m high), Lycabettus and the white church of St George that crowns it, Greek flag a-flapping at its edge, is one of the capital’s most noticeable landmarks. Throughout the year, streams of tourists and visitors hike, jog and dog-walk up the verdant hill to enjoy nature and dazzling views, but now you can soak up the vistas while relaxing at Prasini Tenta with a drink or bite.  

Today’s trendy Prasini Tenta is the reborn version of a same-named, historical ouzeri in the same spot that existed since the late 1930s and was a popular hangout for students, poets, politicians, and lovers. Due to the ten-year hardship of Greece’s financial crisis, the scenic hangout was shut down in 2003, so 18 years later its return is very happy news for regulars and newcomers alike. Although some residents are disgruntled by the way the newer, more chichi place has been built – using cement, and lots of it – romantics are drawn in particularly by the spanning views of the city, the Acropolis and the sea in the distance.   

Made up of two large terraces, one for dining and the other for coffee and drinks, Prasini Tenta has been buzzily busy since it reopened in earnest this summer, only to close for small periods during and after the tragic forest fires in Evia and Attica for precautionary reasons. Aperol Spritz seems to be the popular drink of choice in the bar/café section, where visitors can arrive from early in the morning to late at night. The restaurant serves a variety of snacks, appetisers and simple meals, from open sandwiches and ceviche to salads, pasta, pizza and burgers. The prices match the view in that they are high, considering that this is not a fancy restaurant run by a famous executive chef. But the view clearly makes people shrug at the exaggerated costs, which include €10 for simple classic cocktails, €13 for a club sandwich and €12 for a salad because it is truly worth lingering over for hours on end. 

Prasini Tenta can be reached by foot – by walking up to Aristippou street from Ploutarchou, Loukianou or Marasli (beware, we see lots of stairs in your near future!) and then up the steps on Lycabettus hill (another 7-10 minutes’ walk uphill) or by driving and parking nearby.

TIP: To make the best of your experience, visit at sunset time and watch the sky change colours as the city below brightens with twinkling lights of different colours and the Parthenon turns to gold. 

Cozy Cafe in Athens’ Upper Petralona Neighbourhood

Located in the bohemian neighbourhood of Upper Petralona (under the Filopappos Hill) Kyrios Xou (Mr Who) is a cozy place where you can take a break from Athens’ bustle.

Boasting an abundance of character, this all-day cafe/bar is set in a striking 1930’s neoclassical building and features a soft green shopfront- making for an iconic facade.

Kyrios Xou is always busy, and with good reason: their great coffee and delicious dishes made from fresh Greek ingredients (that are sourced from a variety of producers all over the country) has created a loyal following of Athenians and ex-pats alike.

The cafe’s interior has become an adored space in the city for the quirky collection of posters, artwork, mementos and decor; as well as the original architecture and old fashion feel of the space. 

Kyrios’ many happy customers spill onto the footpath, as there are a few tables out the front where customers can sit and enjoy a coffee; and the cool courtyard in the back creates a lively scene. Here you will hear plenty of conversations in Greek and English that intertwine with the laid-back music. 

But it’s not only the ambiance that keeps regulars coming back- it’s also the quality range of coffee (here you can grab a good latte, espresso, a Freddo, or a traditional Greek coffee), as well as great options for teas, fresh and colourful juices; and an amazing brunch menu that includes French Toast, Poached Eggs, Pancakes, Homemade Pies (cheese and spinach pies), and a variety of sweets. 

In the afternoons and on weekends, locals also come here for a leisurely drink as Kyrios Xou doubles as a casual bar- and don’t worry about dressing up, this is the kind of place where people are laid-back and effortlessly stylish— making it the perfect spot to hang out with friends.

A: Iperionos 1, Athina