Greece cafe and Kafenion

Kafenion, the traditional cafe in Greece
Cafeterias in Greece and the Greek Islands

Cafes in Greece and the Greek Islands is not only just an entertainment place, it is a way of living and a big part of daily Greek culture. You will see cafeterias in every corner of Greece, from the busiest spot of the town till the most secluded village in the mountains. People in Greece have their favorite cafeteria where they enjoy long hours with their friends. An average coffee meeting in a cafeteria for a Greek is about 1 and half hour. The most favorite coffee for the Greeks is the famous frappe. But now many kind of freddos are the trend.

In summer, cafeterias in Greece are the best places to enjoy a morning coffee or a cold afternoon refreshment. In small towns and villages, in the central square, you will find the Greek traditional cafe that is called kafenion. These kafenion in Greece are mostly frequented by old pensioners or middle-aged men who drink Greek coffee, chat and play cards or backgammon (tavli). Unofficially women are not banned from sitting in the Greek kafenions but they are mostly acquainted by men.

Read More: List of cafes in Greece


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