Friday, October 27, 2017

Little Kook Cafe, Athens

The beginning of October saw us wandering through the streets of Athens. This is our anniversary month, of our marriage, and also the first time we ever confessed we liked each other. So October means a lavish holiday and Greece it was this year. The sea breeze, the sunny skies and a whole lot of Greek food!

Athens is the historical capital of Europe. But alongside the magnificent Acropolis, the ancient Agora and the many archaeological sites spread across the city, is also a very vibrant cultural life.There is a crackling energy in the air, and each neighborhood, from Plaka to Monastiraki to Psiri, has a vibe of its own.

So we flowed trough the alleys, starting with a leisurely breakfast in the Plaka district and then went searching for street art and graffiti all over town. In between, we rested our tired feet and let the tunes of folk music along with the buzz of the flea market fill the empty silences. And as the sun headed towards the west, we felt the need for a strong cuppa, and we went again strolling hand in hand looking for a cafe where we would make our evening plans and browse through the day's photographs.

And that's when we saw the bright orange pumpkins and a handsome chariot calling out to us. The street leading up to this wondrous cafe was decorated with lanterns, paper flags and hanging paper lamps.

I have seriously never seen such an impeccable setting! It was like walking onto the sets of a fantasy movie. Yes, Harry Potter came to mind.

Little Kook, is a themed cafe located in a side street just off the Psiri district. You can't miss this if you are wandering about in this area. One, the dragon on the roof top does it. Two, it attracts the curious eyes of any tourist and your camera does follow the other cameras busy clicking, perhaps, the most Instagrammable cafe in Athens.

There were skeletons, witches on brooms, spiders, owls, eerie looking dolls, you name it. Every detail right from the decoration on the street to the interior to the washrooms and even the costumes worn by the staff was done with great taste. (The staff serving us had a mouse on her shoulder!)

I was told that the cafe has a change of three themes in a year. I can keep going on about the job well done on the decor, but do see it for yourself. The photos do not do justice to the nooks and crannies of surprises that unfold as you walk in admiration in this space.

The Kookery book aka the menu also reflected the Halloween theme. They are predominantly a coffee and cake shop, but do offer savoury crepes. We settled for a Dragon Lava cake with banana chocolate ice-cream and a cup of black coffee. It was not just delicious but the portion size was surprisingly generous.

The music was atmospheric, was it piano or pipes, I can't remember, but it wasn't overbearing that we couldn't enjoy a good conversation and neither was it too mellow that it made you forget your scary neighbour - the skeleton.

The seating, though a bit crunched, was in tune with the rest of the semblance. Plush fabrics, Gothic sofas, reclaimed wood table tops - all of which made you want to snuggle in and enjoy your meal.

The one thing that did irk me was the attitude of the manager. I understand that the unique themed cafe gets a lot of attention and the cafe is jam packed irrespective of the time of the day. And one should take pride in creating such a full bodied ambience, but that does not allow you to be impolite. The manager was too blunt in saying they don't have a table and there would be a slight wait, and also not to take pictures of the staff or any videos of the interiors. She could have said this all with a smile.

Having said that, this cafe was such an extraordinary find and I can't recommend it enough. If you wish to step into a fantasy land, where witches cook by the fireplace and skeletons come alive, then it is a must-visit while in Athens.


  1. This is really awesome and beautiful.

    Thank for this sharing.
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  2. Wow, what an amazing place, and your pictures are fantastic. I want that dragon on the roof for my house, 😂 What a fab idea to change up the decorating theme a few time each year. It's a shame the manager wasn't a little more friendly but it still sounds like you had a great time. My wedding anniversary is in October too but I never got the option to go to Athens . Great review, I hope you've sent it to Little Kook?

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  3. Seems like you had a lot of fun !

  4. I'm heading to Athens soon! I will have to check it out

  5. Wow... Will have to Athens also for a lovely outing!!!

  6. Hey Manisha here I loved the pics so much fun

  7. Loved the theme of the place and those are some amazing looking pictures as well!

  8. Looks like a must visit cafe. One day!

  9. That's quite amazing though I don't relish the idea of sharing a cup of tea with a kook. However, is this coffee spooked up for Halloween or is it spooky all year round?

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