Athens Cafes and Bars that go ALL-OUT for Christmas

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It’s that time of the year again when people get closer than ever and families reunite; it’s a time of joy, love, and giving. Christmas is just around the corner and magical vibes are spread around the world!

Athens is one of the best places to be during Christmas time, as it’s not that touristy, not extremely cold and holiday events take place all around the city.

At the same time, cafes and bars in the Greek capital are so nicely decorated they immediately get everyone into the festive spirit.

The five spots below really stand out, so let’s check them out!

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*Divine decor at Noel


Of course, it’s the first one on the list! Here, Christmas lasts all year long; it’s beautifully decorated in retro-vintage style, the music is lovely-mostly swing and jazz- and the menu is excellent. Noel is ideal for early coffee and breakfast right through to late wining and dining. The atmosphere is wonderful and honestly, it’s the best place to be during the festive season. But make sure to book well in advance, as this spot is usually full day and night.

A: 59B Kolokotroni Street, Athens

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*Fairytale comes to life at Little Kook

Little Kook

This is the perfect place to be if you love fairytales and desserts! This dreamy coffee shop is located in the heart of Athens, Psyrri, and has become the talk of the town. Little Kook offers delicious cakes and cupcakes, along with creative displays and fairytale-inspired rooms. This famous joint is popular all year round but during Christmas, it becomes even more attractive!

A: 17 Karaiskaki street, Athens

*The Clumsies is the ultimate bar for a cocktail over Christmas

The Clumsies

The ultimate all-day cocktail bar in the city! The Clumsies treat cocktails as a form of art; they’re innovative and creative. The place is delicately decorated and the vibe is always lively. If you’re up for Christmassy drinks in the city, well, now you know where to go!

A: 30 Praxitelous street, Athens

*Cozy up for a Christmas drink at the Little Tree Books & Coffee

Little Tree Books & Coffee

‘What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book and a cup of coffee?’- Anthony Trollope

Visit Little Tree Books and Coffee and get all the above; well, maybe not a sofa, but a chair works just fine!  This lovely little place is a combined cafe and book shop and the atmosphere could not get any cozier. Drink a cup of coffee and try a cake, while being surrounded by various books! What a lovely Christmas set-up, right?

A: 2 Kavaloti street, Athens

*Experience Christmas magic at Fairytale


Do you believe in fairytales and Christmas magic? Then you have to visit this place! The decorations are just amazing; it’s like you stepped into Hansel and Gretel’s house! And the desserts… well, this is a chapter in itself. All kinds of creative and delicious sweets make it impossible for anyone to resist.

A: 48 Tripia street, New Filadelfia 

All you need for Christmas is good company, and a cup of coffee, wine or cocktail in a cozy and warm environment. It's the simple things in life that really count! And if you’re spending your holidays in Athens, make sure to visit the above places; lights and Christmas mood on!

Maria Petropoulou


Maria Petropoulou is a Greek journalist currently working in a leading Greek news site. She loves culture, travelling and writing and she has combined all these in order to create her own key to happiness. She was born in Athens, studied there and continued with a Master’s degree in UK. London. She also owns the travel blog My Landing Runway, where you can find all her travel stories and wanderings. Now she begins her trip with GCT as our European cultural correspondent; she would like to welcome you all on board.