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Museum cafés in Athens

Beautiful atriums and courtyards, balconies with breathtaking views and lush gardens with serene atmosphere in the middle of the city, properly adjusted to give you a rest before or after your visit to the museums of the Greek capital. 

Here, we’ve rounded up 8 of Athens’ best museum cafés to pair a rich cultural experience with a cool café vibe!  Follow us on this exhiting walk to the city's most famous cafes, where you can snack and sip on everything, from traditional Greek food to cocktails and coffees. Remember to pick the one you will visit next time you're visitng breathtaking Athens. Are you ready?

Numismatic Museum

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 city-center is the Numismatic Museum garden’s small café, 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 light 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 St. Athens
More info:
Metro: Syntagma Station

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! It is -there is no boubt- an oasis in a world of concrete! Experience the unique opportunity to enjoy your coffee, hot or cold drinks with tasty sweets, next to very rare antiquities, statues and mosaics!
The museum café also hosts work by Greek and foreign artists, as well as music performances incorporated into wider cultural events, including on International Museum Day and August full-moon festivities.  

The opening hours of the café follow the timetable of the Museum, although an entrance fee is not required.

Where: 1, Tositsa str. Athens
More info:
Metro: Omonoia or Victoria Station

Acropolis Museum

The café of the Acropolis Museum is located at the ground floor, next to the Museum Shop. Overlooking the exquisite archaological excavation which is just below the building, the cafe is the perfect place for beverages, sweet or light meals.

Can you think of a better spot to ejoy a delicious light lunch or expertly-prepared iced coffees under the shadow or the Acopolis? 

Where: 15, Dionyssiou Areopagitou St.
More info:
Metro: Acropolis Station

Byzantine & 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; the flowered parterres and shady trees of the yard and the gleaming marble Lodz of Duchess of Placentia Villa will cast a spell on you!

You can tatse coffee and sweets, or a light meal, under the shade of the museum building. Offering a backdrop view of the Mount Hymettus ridge, the café offers relaxation before or after your visit to the museum.

Where: 22, Vassilisis Sofias Ave.
More info:
Metro: Evangelismos Station

Τhe Benaki Museum, Pireos 138

The modern building of the Benaki Museum which hosts many of the Museum's temporary exhibitions has it's own corner for coffee and snacks for the visitors, before or after having browsed through the Museum and seen the exhibits.

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 neighbourhoods of Athens.

Where: 138 Pireos & Andronikou St.
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Metro: Kerameikos Station

B&E Goulandris Café

An urban garden hides between the ground floor and the first floor of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation. The atrium of the B&E Goulandris Café-Restaurant is an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city.

The modern and discreet design, the authentic urban vibe and the greenery surrounding the atrium, make the Museum’s Café-Restaurant a meeting place suitable for any time of day: for coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch or an afternoon meal, creative meetings, business meals, but also for private events. It essentially serves comfort food prepared with fresh ingredients of high nutritional value.

Where: 13, Eratosthenous St.
More info:
Metro: Evangelismos Station (900m.)

Cycladic Museum

Between the two buildings of the Museum of Cycladic Art, in the atrium, lies a charming little Café that provides a precious oasis in the center of Athens. It is THE 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 and designed by the Greek artist Zizi Makri

Where: 4, Neofytou Douka St. Athens
More info:
Metro: Syntagma or Evangelismos Station

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

The traditional café in the Museum of Islamic Art, is located at Kerameikos district, a section of the old city of Athens, with a panoramic view of the city of Athens, from the Acropolis and the Pnyx to the Kerameikos Archaeological site and Piraeus. 

The museum café serves Greek coffee the traditional way, sided by sweet loukoumi, as well as soft drinks. 

Where: 22 Agion Asomaton & 12 Dipilou Str.
More info:
Station: Kerameikos or Thisseio Station

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