Melina Mercouri Cafe

NileGuide Expert Says:

The perfect activity to include in a night walk around Plaka; going to the Melina cafe for ice cream in the summer or tea with brandy in the winter.


22 Lysiou Street
Athens, Greece
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210 32 46 501

NileGuide Expert tip:

Business lunches get a 10 percent discount off of the final tab from Monday to Friday and from 13.00-18.00.


This cafe was once a humble, but popular bakery set in nostalgic Plaka. Now it is a cafe dedicated to the memory of the modern goddess of Athens, Melina Mercouri. Andreas Martzaklis, the owner,  started as a waiter, then a Maitre at the Prime Minister's Hall where he had the opportunity to converse with the the then Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri. In 1994 upon her passing, he named his cafe in her honor and filled it with her essence.
The warm and golden first impression on entering is thanks to music professor, Elena Ntouchanika, who still manages the easy-on-the-ears soundtrack. The cafe's philosophy is to hold to the spirit of Old Athens and Plaka, something close to the heart of their muse.
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