Mitropoleos 5, Syntagma, Athens
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Shopping
Expert review of Chatzis
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.
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).
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.
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.
Extremely efficient and good-humoured, given the fast turnaround.
Smack on Syntagma Square, as central as it gets.
About €10 for coffee and cake.
You can’t book. Head upstairs if you want peace and quiet.
More information on Chatzis:
- Price guide:
- Takeaway, Tearoom
- Middle Eastern
- Mitropoleos 5, Syntagma, Athens
- +30 210 322 2647
- Opening times:
- 7am - midnight daily. (Open until 1am Sat)
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Oriental sweets, Takeaway, Tea room