Chatzis

Price guide: Budget

Mitropoleos 5, Syntagma, Athens

Price guide: Budget

By Rachel Howard, your Athens expert

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#20 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Shopping

Expert review of Chatzis

Syrup and spice and all things nice.

This is where I come when I need a sugar hit – or just a break from the chaos of downtown Athens. Purveyors of syrupy patisserie in Thessaloniki since 1908, Chatzis (or Hatzis)  recently opened this Athenian outpost right on Syntagma Square.

Food and drink: 

Oriental style sweets, soaked in honey and usually served with rich buffalo milk cream. Chatzis keeps the last herd of water buffalo in Greece for this purpose. The selection is mind-boggling. I love the trigona (triangular pastry cones stuffed with cream or chocolate), finikia (cinnamon and walnut cookies), and kazandipi (buffalo cream with a slightly burnt crust – a local version of crème brulee).

 

Recommended dishes: 

If you’re not in a rush, order the hot kunefe: crispy filo vermicelli filled with cream cheese and drenched in syrup. For the full-blown experience, order it with a ball of kaimaki ice cream.

Ambience: 

There are a handful of tables beside the bustling takeaway counter downstairs, which is great for people watching if you’re eating alone. But beware: you’ll be tempted to plough through all the sweets piled high in display cases. Upstairs is a quieter tearoom decked in bright florals.

Service: 

Extremely efficient and good-humoured, given the fast turnaround.

 

Location: 

Smack on Syntagma Square, as central as it gets.

Price advice: 

About €10  for coffee and cake.

Tables to book: 

You can’t book. Head upstairs if you want peace and quiet.

 

More information on Chatzis:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Takeaway, Tearoom
Food:
Middle Eastern
Address:
Mitropoleos 5, Syntagma, Athens
Telephone:
+30 210 322 2647
Website:
http://www.chatzis.gr
Opening times:
7am - midnight daily. (Open until 1am Sat)
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Oriental sweets, Takeaway, Tea room

Have you been to Chatzis? Would you recommended it?