Yiasemi is the perfect place in the Greek capital to have a good cup of coffee and a homemade dessert, then sit back and watch the hundreds of people climb to reach the hill of the Acropolis.
Located on Mnisikleous, a busy pedestrian street with many steps in the Plaka district, this popular spot is full of cool cafes and restaurants.
There’s a real buzz about this little strip, and the character-filled Yiasemi Cafe stands out for its two separate indoor spaces, with seating available inside and outside, making it hugely popular among locals. in winter, in summer and everything in between!
There is a lovely selection of mezedes and other traditional Greek dishes which are handmade by Yiayia, so you can rest assured that all the savory sweets on offer taste amazing!
Locals and tourists alike love to have their Greek coffee here and something sweet to go with it, including homemade pies or their famous baklava, which is dripping with syrup!
Yiasemi now also offers a healthy vegetarian buffet breakfast, featuring fresh, local ingredients turned into house specialties every morning on site.
And if you’re wondering about the name ‘Yiasemi’, it’s Greek for Jasmine, the fragrant flower, whose white blossom shines even at midnight, as if to reflect the shining sea of the Aegean.
“My grandmother was born in the middle of the Aegean archipelagos. It was she who taught me the flavors and the countless flavors of all the plants that grow with so little water but are always bathed in light. It is from these fruits of nature that I draw my recipes, in the simple cuisine of my café, the taste that I like to share”, says the owner.
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