If you’re in Athens with a baby or toddler, don’t be surprised to find bakers proffering free cookies or kiosk owners slipping them a sweetie along with your purchases. Greeks love babies and children and rarely miss the chance to spoil little visitors. They also aren’t afraid of a bit of noise (relish it, in fact) so most café and restaurant proprietors are pretty relaxed about the realities of sitting down to a meal with infants. With all this adoration, visiting Athenian cafés should be a piece of cake for parents. This isn’t always the case. While you will be welcomed with open arms, you could be left literally holding the baby when it comes to finding a high chair to set them down in. Smoke-free cafés in Athens are still a rarity, too.
Thankfully, more cafés and restaurants in Athens are clocking on to the needs of parents and offering clean baby changing facilities and high chairs— in addition to the great coffee so essential to sleep-deprived new parents. Museum cafés such as the one found in the Acropolis museum and large hotels like the Hilton tend to be ahead of the game in this respect, but if you want some local flavour, here are some of the most baby-friendly places to eat and drink in Athens.