Photo: Amalia Kovaiou

Here’s where to bring your laptop and get productive—while finding great coffee and conversation—in the Greek capital.

By Alex King


You'll want to stay through coffee for all the evening events at Bios.

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Pull up a chair and get ready to burn through your to-do list.

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Third Place

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Doesn't this table look like the perfect place to hunker down with a coffee and your computer?

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Get your work done in style.

Photo: Amalia Kovaiou


Rota Art Coffee Bar

If you’re working with sibilance and similes rather than spreadsheets and statistics, Rota is a good place to head for inspiration. This 1890s neoclassical home has become an arts and literary hangout, beloved by students, writers and musicians alike. If you’re tired of the regular ‘third-wave coffee’ offering, Rota is a place to return to simpler times and keep your neurons firing with Greek coffee roasted on a traditional hovoli.


Let Kain's flamingo wallpaper help you focus.

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A chessboard at Booze Cooperativa.

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Booze Cooperativa

Jimmy’s Hall

You could walk past this small corner bar in Exarchia without noticing it.  Jimmy’s Hall does indeed have the feeling of a radical village hall about it, much like the Ken Loach film from which it takes its name. Run by a former publisher and editor, it’s the place to overhear conversations between academics, researchers, activists, journalists and photographers, all discussing life, work and politics over lots of coffee.