Beautiful atriums and courtyards, balconies with breathtaking views and lush gardens, properly adjusted to give you a rest before or after your visit to the museums of Athens and Thessaloniki, or offer you a romantic dinner and aesthetic tastes. Follow us on a walk to the most famous ones and let’s discover together their real....taste!
Acropolis Museum Restaurant
Fancy a meal with fresh products and traditional Greek tastes in a restaurant that overlooks one of the world's most wondrous sites? Then, take a seat on the 2nd floor of the Acropolis Museum, where the selected daily dishes are inspired by local recipes, covering all regions of Greece. A menu with the most panoramic views of the Acropolis!
Tip: On Fridays the restaurant stays open until midnight. Where: 15, Dionysiou Areopagitou str. Athens More info: www.theacropolismuseum.gr
Main Building: Located on the second floor and extended out to the terrace of the Neoclassical building, the café-restaurant offers a panoramic view of the Greek Parliament, the National Gardens and the area around Syntagma Square. It is well up to the high standards of the Museum’s collection with a range of tasty foods, from light snacks to full meals, all carefully prepared and served.
Tip: The Museum stays open until midnight on Thursdays. Where: 1, Koumbari str. & Vassilisis Sofias Ave
Pireos Street Building: The modern building of the Benaki Museum which hosts many of the Museum's temporary exhibitions has its own corner for coffee and snacks for the visitors who have just browsed the museum’s collections. It is located on the ground floor with a view on busy Pireos street, the oldest street connecting Athens to Piraeus, and on the quiet atrium of the Museum; a meeting point in one of the busiest neighborhoods of Athens. Where: 138 Pireos & Andronikou St.
Museum of Islamic Art: The traditional coffee shop in the Museum of Islamic Art is located in Kerameikos, a section of the old city of Athens, with a panoramic view from the Acropolis and the Pnyx to the Kerameikos Cemetery and Piraeus.
Tip: On Wednesday, the museum is open until 9:00 p.m. Take a break and enjoy the sunset! Where:22 Agion Asomaton & 12 Dipilou Str. More info: www.benaki.gr
The Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art
Between the two buildings of the Museum, in the atrium, a charming little Café provides a precious oasis in the center of Athens, an ideal “hidden corner” to take a pause during the day. Enjoy refreshments, a cup of coffee, or a light snack with a Mediterranean flavour next to a lovely fountain inspired by Cycladic Art (designed by the artist Zizi Makri). Where: 4, Neofytou Douka str. Athens More info: www.cycladic.gr
Goulandris Natural History Museum, Gaia Center
In the leafy center of Kifissia, a northeastern suburb of Athens, the Natural History Museum features a pleasant cafe restaurant at the Gaia Center, perfect for a coffee after seeing the exhibits. With a discreet atmosphere it proposes a variety of tasty selections of the Mediterranean diet for light snacks or meals, prepared with natural ingredients from all over Greece. It’s a pleasant and peaceful environment, extremely friendly for the little ones! Where: 100, Othonos str, Kifissia More info: www.gnhm.gr
Numismatic cafe: a little oasis in the center of Athens
One of the most friendly places, hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you can take a pause while walking in the center of Athens is the Numismatic Museum garden’s small cafe, a five minute walk from Syntagma (Parliament) Square. Even if you don't get to visit the monetary history of Greece via the museum’s great collection of coins, enjoy a small coffee or lunch break at its fantastic garden or have a few early drinks as the coffee shop stays open until night.
Tip: On special occasions, live concerts are held here in the evening. Where: 12, Panepistimiou str., Athens More info: www.nma.gr
Museum of Byzantine Culture
The Museum of Byzantine Culture as well as its restaurant "B", are both focal points in the heart of Thessaloniki, surrounded by a large green area. Its design aesthetics along with the beautiful yard, definitely set the background for a most enjoying and relaxing visit, either for a coffee, a meal, or a drink. Enjoy a special breakfast, fine beverages, have a lunch break, or maybe finish your evening with a romantic dinner by candlelight, beyond Museum’s opening hours. Unique to each season of the year, the menu is based on Mediterranean flavours combined with elements of fine French and Italian cuisine. Where: 2, G. Septemvriou Ave. Thessaloniki, More info: www.brestaurant.gr
Tellogleio Foundation of Art
To the north of the campus of Aristotle University you can visit the Tellogleio Foundation, with a varied collection including vases, Persian miniatures, examples of Arab and Chinese art, as well as paintings, engravings, ceramics and sculpture by significant Greek and European artists of the nineteenth and twentieth century. If you feel like a break after visiting the Museum, enjoy your meal at the venue’s restaurant with a view to Agios Dimitrios str. and taste simple, homemade recipes from Thessaloniki and Northern Greece.
Tip: The restaurant is open until 2 am. Where: 159A, Agiou Dimitriou str.
Science Center and Technology Museum "NOESIS"
The Planetarium Barestau at Noesis is a special place created to service the Science Center visitors as well as to be a destination on its own. The exceptional position offers a magnificent panoramic view of the gulf of Thessaloniki. If you are looking for a place for a lunch break, a tasteful gathering or just for a drink, the "Planetarium Barestau" is your place.
Tip: on Friday and weekend evenings the restaurant is open until late.Where: 6th Km. Thessaloniki – Thermi Road More info: http://www.tmth.edu.gr
Just for a coffee
National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum houses a modern coffee shop, onto the interior atrium of lush greenery, a hidden corner for rest and relaxation. Experience the unique opportunity to enjoy your coffee, hot or cold drinks with tasty sweets, next to very rare antiquities, statues and mosaics.
Tip: The opening hours of the cafe follow the timetable of the Museum. Where: 1, Tositsa str. Athens More info: www.namuseum.gr
Byzantine and Christian Museum
In the coffee shop of the Byzantine and Christian Museum gaze over the magnificent garden, perhaps the only one in Athens where you will literally lose sense of time amid the flowered parterres and shady trees of the yard and the gleaming marble Lodz of Duchess of Placentia Villa. Where: 22, Vassilisis Sofias Ave More info: www.byzantinemuseum.gr
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
Next to the sculptures’ atrium, under the shade of trees and overlooking the boulevard and the imposing building of the museum, you will find the Museum’s coffee shop. Start your day with a rich breakfast at the TERRA ANTIQUA ART CAFE, which daily opens early in the morning or enjoy an evening drink in a sparkling atmosphere with live music.
Where: 6, Manoli Andronikou str. Thessaloniki More info: www.amth.gr
Museum of Photography Thessaloniki
After your visit to the Museum of Photography, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with a dreamy view of the city’s harbour at the cafe / info point of the venue. Learn more about the art of photography through special publications and watch short films; the museum will surely become your favorite hangout. Where: Warehouse A', Port of Thessaloniki 3, Navarchou Votsi str. More info: www.thmphoto.gr
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Located on the ground floor of the building, in the heart of Thessaloniki, the cafe of the museum invites you to relax over a hot or cold drink and enjoy a unique journey in a place where past and present harmoniously meet. Thanks to the careful architectural integration and display of the Roman grave complex (2nd-3rd c. AD) discovered during excavation work for the construction of the Museum, experience the co-existence and dialogue between works of contemporary art and relics of the history of the Greek people. Where: 154, Egnatias str. Thessaloniki More info: www.mmca.org.gr