There are few things more Greek than a chill afternoon coffee and a view of the stunningly blue Aegean Sea—and at the seaside cafes in the southern neighborhoods of Athens, you can have both. These three seaside cafes are legendary stekia (translation: hangouts) for those seeking coffee, sea, and the occasional Bloody Mary.
A classic café-restaurant in the exclusive area of Vouliagmeni, with a view of the Saronic Bay and boats moored in the Vouliagmeni Marina. With the aura of a chic Montauk summer house, settle onto a couch for coffee or a drink, or grab a table and indulge in fish soup with sea bass, wild boar tagliolini, or fresh cod with beetroot mousse.
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Another Vouliagmeni establishment—and a local favorite—En Plo has a comfy island vibe and outdoor seating that nearly meets the waves on a Malibu-worthy beach. Indulge in classic pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches, and pick your poison from their extensive drinks list, which includes wines, whiskeys, and gins.
A beachside café residing in the peaceful Kalamaki neighborhood and boasting major Bali vibes. The self-declared “Beachside Café Playground” serves up sandwiches, vegan-friendly snacks, and delicate seafood dishes. After the cinematic sunset, the space lights up with live music and a wide array of cocktails.