This self-styled ‘foodie hotel’, restaurant and concept store opened with a bang in February 2019. The huge, light- and plant-filled space combines shopping and eating in a stylish blend that borrows heavily from Whole Foods in the USA. A 200-year-old olive tree guards the entrance and a giant mural painted by local street artist Ino covers one wall. There’s a vertical garden made of herbs and salads to be picked and plated.
Ergon is the brainchild of Thomas and George Douzis, brothers from Thessaloniki who formed a network of 150 “independent, honest food artisans” all over Greece, and united them under one brand. Their latest Athens addition, pitched as a modern day agora with “rooms above the inn,” includes a fishmonger, a butcher, and a bakery, along with aisle upon aisle of dry goods, sweets and chocolates. Looking at the deli’s 1,200 offerings, you’ll marvel at the quality and diversity of delicious things being made in Greece today. You can try many of these products right here. Tables are set on one side, where you can feast on wonderfully fresh and reasonably priced salads, smoked herring and sliced potatoes, and pastourma in puff pastry with tomato jam.