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Fresh patisserie, Athens

Last week on my Saturday in Athens walk I mentioned Fresh pastry stores and particularly their Valaoritou branch and since it’s a pastry store/cafe that should be on your list if you visit Athens I came back with a full post! Fresh is a well known chain of chic pastry stores in Athens and suburbs. It’s well known for cakes, assorted pastries and dessert bowls. But the dessert options don’t end there! In these pastry stores you’ll also find macarons, cookies, chocolate and gluten free desserts. A few weeks before Christmas, Fresh opened a new branch in Valaoritou street in Kolonaki…

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The Zillers roof garden, Athens
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The Zillers roof garden, Athens

There’s a new roof garden in Athens that you should visit and it’s called The Zillers! The Zillers is a new boutique hotel that is opening pretty soon in the city center, whose roof garden features a very cozy all day cafe/restaurant. The latter is already in operation and quickly became the talk of the town! The Zillers is the latest of a long list of rooftop cafes, bars and restaurants that popped up in Athens city center in the latest 5 years. A for Athens was the first one located on Monastiraki square (which has a killer view, frequently…

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Cookie Land patisserie cafe, Athens
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Cookie Land, Athens

I discovered Cookie Land some years ago, when a colleague brought cookies from this patisserie for his birthday. I recently realized that they also have a store/cafe in downtown Athens really close to my office, so a “dessert date” with my friends was in order. Cookie Land has displays with the desserts and ice cream flavors so you can see what’s available. We were treated with a delicious butter cookie and then sat down to plot our order. One of my friends and I went for the rich chocolate cake (called sokolatopita, which literally translates to chocolate pie) topped with…

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Little Kook cafe, Athens
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Little Kook cafe, Athens

Little Kook is a quirky café in Athens that aims to transport you in a fairytale world. It opened its doors back in December and quickly created buzz thanks to its unique interiors (which changes periodically by the way). Such a place (especially as it serves desserts, hot chocolate and the lot) could not possibly fall off my radar, so I scheduled a visit a few weeks ago! Little Kook is located in a quiet street in Psyrri neighborhood in downtown Athens. Two playing cards soldiers frame the facade of the building but the real surprise is a dragon sitting…

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New York Sandwiches
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(Epic) Brunch at New York Sandwiches

I came across New York Sandwiches as I was leaving work one day. You see they recently opened a new branch close to Syntagma square in downtown Athens. New York Sandwiches serve burgers and bagels during the week and brunch on weekends! The place is minimal in white, beige and blue tones. One of the walls features a drawing of Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York, while the other features, cozy little booths ideal for couples! And now I’m coming to the part explaining why brunch at New York Sandiches was epic. Let me start off by saying…

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Brunch at Monsieur Barbu, Athens
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Brunch at Monsieur Barbu, Athens

I’ll use any excuse to visit a new restaurant and brunch is one of them! A few weeks before Christmas on a chilly Saturday morning I had brunch at Monsieur Barbu in the new “it” (thanks to Airbnb) neighborhood of Athens, Koukaki. Monsieur Barbu is an all day bar restaurant which serves brunch during the weekends. Its location is very ideal as it is close to Syggrou-Fix metro, tram and bus station. The menu has short selection of burgers, sandwiches and egg dishes followed by desserts: pancakes, lemon pie, chocolate caramel tart. I should add that the desserts are developed by Greek…

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Noel, the holiday bar, Athens
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Brunch at Noel the Holiday Bar, Athens

Welcome to a place where it’s Christmas every day! Located in an arcade in downtown Athens, Noel’s decoration is based on rich burgundy and green colors. I came across this café/bar in the summer, but I decided to visit a little bit later when the weather would be colder and I admit that my decision was right for two reasons: a) indeed Noel exudes warmth and coziness ideal for the colder months b) from early fall Noel introduced a brunch menu (available everyday) as I was tipped off by Markella from Do you Speak Gossip. The brunch menu includes: eggs Benedict,…

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drinking mimosa at Mama Roux Athens
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Brunch in Mama Roux, Athens

Brunch is a concept that I fully immersed myself in last year while living in Boston. I remember being amazed at the queues I’ve encountered outside Sound Bites in Somerville, but when I did visit I understood that they wait was totally worth it. I visited on a week day though so I didn’t encounter any queues! Athens is slowly catching up on the brunch trend and there are many places in the city where you brunch is involved (eggs involved) but for me, there was one restaurant I absolutely wanted to visit: Mama Roux. Mama Roux opened its doors 4…

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Foodie Guide to Thessaloniki
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Foodie guide to Thessaloniki

Last month, I spent 4 days in Thessaloniki, which is the second largest city in Greece. Located on Thermaikos gulf, Thessaloniki is a city open to the sea, well-known for its relaxed culture, seaside promenade and delicious food. I have many photos from the city to share with you, as well as tips on things to do and see, but I decided to start with the fun part first: a foodie guide to the city, with all my suggestions on where to eat in Thessaloniki! B. (at the Byzantine museum) The Byzantine museum of Thessaloniki is probably the No.1 Museum…

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sunset in Malibu
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Drive away to Malibu + dine at Geoffrey’s

“Hey hey, you know what to do Oh baby, drive away to Malibu” – Hole Driving away to Malibu would be a brilliant weekend idea…if only I lived in LA!! Still during our 3,5 days stay in LA back in March, my friends and I managed to spend an afternoon driving to Malibu, frolicking (well sort of) on Zuma beach and then dining at Geoffrey’s. Malibu is just a 30’ drive (with no traffic) from Santa Monica and about 60’ drive (with no traffic) from Los Angeles. Malibu stretches 34km along the Pacific Ocean and is “home” to many beaches including…

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Foodie's guide to Montreal | Aspects of Style
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Foodie guide to Montreal

Every time I visit Montreal I’m sure I gain 2 kilos. But then again I walk around so much in order to make sure that I burn these calories off!! I can assure you though that Montreal is a foodie’s paradise! There are so many restaurants and the food (and dessert) everywhere is amazing! As you know I don’t like to keep such vital information to myself, so here’s a guide with all the restaurants I’ve visited in Montreal during my 3 visits there which you should visit too (order is alphabetical)!! Au Pied de Cochon This is a must-visit restaurant…

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