Going for coffee is part of the social fabric of Athenian life. Here’s what you need to know, what to order—and where—to get the ultimate coffee buzz.

By Despina Trivolis

Greek Coffee, the artist formerly known as Turkish Coffee

The briki is the most important tool in making Greek coffee.

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Mokka is one of the best places in Athens to get a Greek coffee.

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  1. 44 Athinas, Historic Centre, 105 51
  2. +30 210 321 6892
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The frappé: a frothy revolution

In the 1960s and 70s, a new coffee trend took Greece by storm. Created by accident at the 1957 World Expo in Thessaloniki, frappé is basically iced instant coffee. Nescafé, sugar and a little water are blended together until the mixture becomes frothy, then ice, more water and milk are added to taste. It’s very easy and cheap to make, but unless you are camping or on the road, this instant coffee beverage has, unsurprisingly, gone out of fashion—at least among the young and hip. 

“Created by accident, a new coffee trend took Greece by storm.”

Freddo: The New Frappé

Don't leave Athens without trying a freddo coffee.

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Where to get your caffeine fix in Athens

  1. 1 Tsakalof, Kolonaki, 106 73
  2. +30 210 360 2497

Da Capo is a Kolonaki-based café classic.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

Everyone in this city is on the hunt for the perfect pour.

Courtesy: Mr Beans Coffee House

  1. 20 Emmanouil Benaki, Exarchia, 118 51
  2. +30 210 381 0899
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  1. 8 Dragatsaniou, Historic Centre, 105 59
  2. +30 210 347 3444

The coffee is great, but don't skip the snacks at 2 Goulies kai 2 Boukies.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

We love this urban-cool space.

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  1. 14 Lekka, Historic Centre, 105 62
  2. +30 210 321 9000
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  1. 25 Spyrou Merkouri, Pangrati, 116 34
  2. +30 210 723 6758
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Everyone enjoys their time at O Kokkos.

Photo: Eleni Veziri