Thanks to the excellent year-round weather, Athenians take most of their coffees and meals alfresco. Most establishments will provide a water bowl for your dog. Water bowls can also be seen outside of many retail shops and homes in every neighbourhood, placed both by locals and the Municipality; Greeks increasingly take extra care of strays during the hot summer months. There are, however, some spots that do it better than others and are ready to welcome you and your pet with open arms.
The hip residential area of Pangrati is one of the most pet-friendly neighbourhoods in Athens. That is where Ris Project, a patisserie and boutique for dogs welcomes furry friends and their owners. Rather than a pet-friendly space, this is a human-friendly one, where all treats are created for dogs first and foremost. Roles here are reversed, as you might find yourself being the one who wants to steal a bite from your pet’s delicious-looking cupcake—or birthday cake, as they also make those here. Next, head down to Maraboo, one of the best ice cream parlours in Athens, where you can get a treat-on-a-stick with peanut butter and banana, especially made for dogs.
Dog lovers also flock to welcoming Kypseli. Fokionos Negri, the neighbourhood’s main pedestrian street and a historic Athenian promenade, has been watched over by Euripides Vavouris’ landmark dog statue since 1940. Α tribute to a stray pup that jumped in front of a car saving the life of a young girl, or one that patiently stayed at the side of his dying owner, as urban legends differ. Coffee shops like Beetle and Foka Negra, both with outdoor seating, are ideal for a quick or long coffee break with your furry friend.