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).
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.
Tables to book
You can’t book. Head upstairs if you want peace and quiet.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children