Athens offers a variety of excellent shops for desserts, some in oriental style with syrupy sweets, but mainly western style, with French or international influence.
For the best lemon pie, try ‘All about lemon’ in Nea Erithrea, close to Kifissia. Crunchy lemon bites with pastry and cream, grandma’s lemonade, lemon and lime tarts, in a cozy location decorated in lemony colors and motifs. Don’t miss the lemon cheese cake, lemon mousse, muffins, and naturally lemon marmalade. All desserts are home made, with fresh healthy ingredients. High tea on Wednesdays and live jazz sessions on Saturdays from 1 to 4 in the afternoon. Athanasiou Diakou 34, tel. 210 6250237
‘Cake’ pastry shops are very popular meeting points all over Athens, with a casual, friendly atmosphere and mouth watering American style desserts. Maggie’s cheesecake is made according to the authentic NY recipe and is the number one specialty. Other temptations include carrot cake, apple pie with green apples, chocolate fudge, scones, lemon tartlets, pies and quiches. Visit a ‘Cake’ shop in Kolonaki, Ermou, Nea Smyrni, Glyfada, Halandri, Voula. Coming soon Acropolis and Nea Erithrea. www.cake.gr
Nana Yioti is well known for her excellent patisserie recipes and her exquisite creme brulee has many fans. Quality and taste combine in all her desserts, the luscious chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, lemon pie, cheese cake, carrot cake, crisp butter cookies, mascarpone with chestnut. Don’t miss the home made orange marmalade and cherry liquer. Aiantos 6, Vrilissia, and also in Gerakas, Glyfada and Nea Erythrea. www.nanayoti.gr tel. 210 6855122
‘Despina’s’ mille feuille has become a favorite with Athenians over the years and everybody knows about it. Crispy pastry with succulent cream or chocolate filling, it is impossible to resist. With shops in many neighborhoods, ‘Despina’ offers a creative approach to confectionery with high quality and expertise and a long list of choices: varlhona tart, panacotta, traditional syrupy ekmek, small pastries, biscuits and cakes, always freshly prepared, and absolutely irresistible. Visit one of Despina’s shops in Kolonaki, Neo Psychico, Glyfada, Nea Erythrea, Vrilissia, Filothei or Agia Paraskevi. www.despina.gr
Assimakopoulos Bros. on Harilaou Trikoupi 82, in the neighborhood of Exarchia, are famous since 1915 for their traditional Christmas pastries ‘kourabiedes’, the Easter ‘tsoureki’ cake and the ‘kaimaki’ ice cream in summer, made with fresh milk and based on a hundred year old family recipe. Don’t miss the rich walnut cake and the special gateau with caramel and pistachio. tel. 210 3610092
Fresh pastry shops are well known for their exclusive patisserie creations and elegant boutique presentation. Inspired French chef Alain Chartier always reserves pleasant surprises for customers with his exquisite confections. Cakes with the unique bitter chocolate and orange, milk chocolate with caramel, chestnut gateau, cake with white chocolate are only some of the delicacies which have made Fresh famous. With eleven shops in various neighborhoods of Athens, definitely you will find one close to you. www.freshpastryshops.gr