Courtesy: Manos Chatzikonstantis

There’s an art to whiling away a morning or afternoon in the kafenion, the traditional Greek café. Read our beginner’s guide to blend in with the locals.

By Stavros Dioskouridis

Oraia Ellas

To Kafeneio


A sunny day outside at Dexameni.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

Captain Michalis




The Kafeneio at Plato’s Academy

Long philosophical discussions may as well be on the menu at this café named after the first institution of higher education in the Western world. Accompany your topic of passion with affordable, organic and mostly vegetarian dishes. And, of course, a strong Greek coffee.