Chatzis

Address: Mitropoleos 5, Syntagma, Athens, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 322 2647

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4.3

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
4.6
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
4.2
90%

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.

 

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Shopping

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