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Winter In Athens

This winter has been particularly cold in Athens (for Greek standards!) and it even snowed as you can see in the photo above! It was chilly for walking around Athens, BUT it was a good opportunity to check new (for me) restaurants and cafes and of course revisit old favorites! I’ve also attended a couple of press events that I really enjoyed and I’m sharing my experience with you. So let’s start with my “winter diaries” Restaurants in Athens Back in December I dined at Estrella, which has a vast selection of brunch dishes, from eggs, to pancakes, to omelets!…

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Red Velvet cake at B Madame, Kolonaki
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B Madame

Back in July my husband and I discovered a small patisserie/ice cream parlor in Kapnikareas street (off Ermou shopping street) called Balader. We loved getting ice cream from there a lot as we really liked the way that the ice cream was made. In September was informed that Balader would move in Kolonaki, but that move took longer than expected. After a lot of searching, we finally located it in Valaoritou street under a new name: B madame. Related: Summer in Athens The Place As we learned from co-owner Spiros Bakogiannis, the main reason behind the move was the space….

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Ergon restaurant, Athens

Ergon restaurant has been on my radar since visiting Thessaloniki last year. On my first night there we planned on dining in their flagship store called Agora, but couldn’t find a table. Luckily they opened a new deli and restaurant in downtown Athens and back in December, on my nameday, I got to visit it! The Space Ergon restaurant is located on Mitropoleos street very close to Syntagma square. Upon entering the store you come across the deli (Ergon started off as a deli brand) with shelves full of various marmalades, spreads, condiments, candies and many more Greek products. Seating…

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bougatsan at Estrella Athens
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Brunch at Estrella Athens

Estrella is a restaurant that originates from Thessaloniki and made it recently to Athens. I read all about the restaurant and its famous bougatsan last year in Aegean Airlines magazine. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to visit their  store in Thessaloniki, as my itinerary got busy last year, so I was more than happy to find out that a franchise store opened in Athens a few months back. Estrella’s tagline is “World Street Food” but it would as well be “The Brunch Place”, as the menu is full of dishes like boiled eggs, omelets, pancakes and the lot. And of course,…

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center: Athens’ new gem

Sometime in mid-June I noticed an event keep popping on my Facebook feed: the opening of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center aka SNFCC. SNFCC is located in Kallithea, a coastal suburb of Athens in an area that used to be a racetrack until 2004. The area now houses the new Greek National Opera and National Library of Greece buildings as well as a beautiful park. Ten years ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced its plans to fund the development of this cultural center. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop helmed by renowned architect Renzo…

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Summer in Athens

So, August is here and Athenians are fleeing the city like mice, escaping to the countryside and the islands. I will too, leave in a few days for vacations, as it is getting very hot in here! During June and July I spent almost every weekend by swimming and sun tanning (a bit) in Varkiza beach (one of Athens’ coastal suburbs). It’s the best time of the year to explore what the southern suburbs have to offer (food wise), which actually translates to many visits in Waffle House Vouliagmeni! Our friends from Crete visited us in early July and it…

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Kashmir chicken at Babaji Indian restaurant Athens
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Babaji, Indian Restaurant, Athens

Indian cuisine lovers, there’s a restaurant in Athens you should visit! I was introduced to Babaji about six months ago on a lunch break with two colleagues. I’d already tried out another Indian restaurant a few blocks down and I was eager to explore this one too. I loved all of the dishes we tried out and especially the Chicken Kashmir (with litchi fruit, pictured above) and the Sweet Pulao (basmati rice with saffron, pictured below left). So I returned once more with my husband to try out more! Of course we ordered Chicken Kashmir once more as well as…

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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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A walk in Athens: Saturday in the City

When the weather is nice I’m all about Saturday walks in the city! It’s really pleasant to explore Athens during springtime (or fall) and that’s what I like to do! This past weekend the weather was cloudy, rainy and all over moody, but I do have a nice walk to share with you from the previous month! But first brunch! After experiencing the joy having brunch in Montreal and Boston, it was time to check out what Athens has to offer too! New York Sandwiches has been a fixture lately. I love their Eggs Benedict as well as their pancakes, although…

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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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exploring hidden Athens
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Exploring hidden Athens

Last month I embarked on a different walk around Athens, following Atenistas’ Open Walk. The walk’s purpose is “[…] to help Athenians get to know hidden and unknown parts of the city and its people. The sixth consecutive OWA comprises of locations in the center that we walk by every day but may never have been made aware of the treasures that are hidden within them, in their basements and on their rooftops.  The purpose of the OWA is to showcase these points and inform the citizens of Athens of the invisible treasures of the city.” The Open Walk map…

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