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 is one of the most historic cafés in Athens.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Oraia Ellas

  1. 59 Mitropoleos & 36 Pandrosou, Monastiraki, 105 55
  2. +30 210 321 6850
  3. Facebook

To Kafeneio

  1. 1 Epiharmou, Plaka, 105 58
  2. +30 210 324 6916
  3. Website

A table full of meze at To Kafeneio.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Louis is fairly new, but you shouldn't miss it on your kafeneio tour of Athens.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Louis Kafeneio

  1. 87 Leonidou, Keramikos, 104 35
  2. +30 210 347 6926
  3. Facebook

Dexameni

  1. Dexameni Square, Kolonaki, 106 73
  2. +30 210 722 4609

A sunny day outside at Dexameni.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

Klepsydra is a hidden gem in Plaka.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Klepsidra

  1. 9 Thrasivoulou & Klepsidras, Plaka, 105 56
  2. +30 210 321 2493
  3. Instagram

Kydathinaion

  1. 2 Filomousou Eterias Square, Plaka, 105 58
  2. +30 210 323 2340
  3. Instagram

Captain Michalis

  1. 3 Fidiou, Exarchia, 106 78
  2. +30 210 382 0073

After almost 50 years in business, this kafenio is still going strong.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Order a Greek coffee and prepare to spend hours at this idyllic spot.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Glykis

  1. 2 Geronta, Plaka, 105 58
  2. +30 210 322 3925
  3. Website

Mouria

  1. 87 Charilaou Trikoupi, Exarchia, 106 81
  2. +30 210 381 2607

A happy Mouria customer.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Make sure to check out the specials of the day, displayed as you walk in.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Olympion

  1. 9 Anapafseos, Mets, 116 36
  2. +30 210 924 4388

The Kafeneio at Plato’s Academy

  1. 140 Monastiriou, Akadimia Platonos, 104 42
  2. +30 211 221 7260

Sintrimi Cooperative Kafeneio

  1. 33 Amfiktionos , Thissio, 118 51
  2. +30 213 044 6962

Sintrimi's sunny doorway.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis