Posts Tagged ‘Kolonaki’

Giorgio

November 19, 2022

A traditional barber shop.

Albert a professional, takes a pride in his work,  a third generation barber.

Offers impromptu translation service for Cocona.

Nespresso flagship store Black Friday

November 19, 2022

Nespresso flagship store in Kolonaki. Black Friday deals, big discounts?

Yes, free machine. The catch, have to buy capsules costing more than the machine.

Hot top: Buy the machine and capsules from reputable third party roasteries.

Depressing. The store was packed, they were almost queuing out of the door.

Walk five minutes down the road and can buy capsules from Taresso.

Bollard

November 15, 2022

On leaving Samba en route to Syntagma, I pass by Bollard. I pop in before they close.

Coffee sourced from Kawa

I try an espresso. Potentially excellent coffee, sadly ruined by overoasting.

I try a cappuccino. It is not good. The milk is disgusting.

I try a flap jack. Good, but at a guess vegan.

On display excellent art. For sale but nothing to say on sale.

Impressed by the Chinese Tinemore coffee grinder. Well engineered. Far better build quality than Rhino. What the grind is like I do not know.

I am also impressed by the reusable cups.

I buy two different boxes of capsules. What they will be like I do not know. The box lists a lot more information than usually found with capsules.

Samba flagship coffee shop

November 15, 2022

I finally make it to Samba flagship coffee shop in Kolonaki before it closes.

Espresso, microlot.

Philos

November 15, 2022

I passed by Philos on my way to Samba. I popped in

I have visited a few years ago.

The interior is amazing, quality magazines on sale, then let themselves down with cheap catering supply coffee.

I recommended they added

– Standart

– Drift

– Kennedy

– Fine

The last two are published in Athens.

And of course source decent coffee.

Taresso cappuccino

November 15, 2022

Excellent cappuccino.

I pick up a box of coffee capsules.

Cocona

November 8, 2022

On leaving the National Garden, the route I usually take through Kolonaki to Taresso was being dug up. Rather than retace my steps, I took what I thought was a shortcut.

Hence I stumbled across Cocona.

A street food outlet.

Curiousity got the better of me. I did not need to eat but decided to try one if the dishes.

Not pies. But what? I would describe as dosa. But not dosa.

A small pastry ball put through a pasta machine. Repeatedly put through until a thin sheet.

Cooked minced beef sciooped into the doungh. Folded in half, cooked on a domed hot plate, heated from beneath by a hot flame

Sliced into small pieces, served with yoghurt in a paper tray.

Delicious.

Ascent of Lycabettus Hill

November 27, 2020

I see Lycabettus Hill every day from breakfast. If I am in Kolonaki in the vicinity of Lycabettus Hill I will occasionally climb to the top. Quite a climb, but rewarding as views of Athens unfolds below.

Last year I climbed as the sun was setting, to be rewarded with stunning sunsets, but a dangerous climb back down in the dark.

Three weeks ago Thursday, finding myself in Kolonaki, I decide to climb Lycabettus Hill.  The last time I climbed a year ago, the sun was setting, stunning views from the top of sunset, but walk down in the dark.  Easy to walk over the edge of a precipice. 

The day starts off cool, very warm as I climb the hill, up through pine forest, then a cactus forest before last stage bare rock. 

I ask police officer before I ascend, do I have to wear mask? Yes, is his reply. No one does, it would be impossible. 

Near to the top, not noticed before, a terrace with stunning views where can stop and have a drink. 

At the top a gale blowing.

On my way down, I am lost, I do not know where I am.

Eventually I find myself across the road from the National Garden. A long way from where I thought I was. Last year in the dark I was lost, eventually I found a coffee shop and asked to use their wifi. I was way past the Olympic Stadium, way way out of my way

Afternoon Kolonaki and Lycabettus Hill

November 5, 2020

Visit British Embassy in Kolonaki, a part of Kolonaki I have not visited before, back via Kolonaki Square, walk through Kolonaki, then climb Lycabettus Hill.

Around Temple of Zeus, past Hadrian’s Gate, through National Garden to a part of Kolonaki I am not familiar wish.

Past War Museum to British Embassy.

British Embassy an ugly building guarded like a fortress. Can only talk to security officials through a security gate. No one available. Handed a leaflet to report loss of passport.

I choose a route that will take me past Redd.

On my way to Redd pass a coffee shop με. Very busy.

Onward to Redd, who tell me με busy for food not coffee, Redd not busy.

From Redd cold brew coffee brewed from cold drip coffee. I choose Kenyan. Excellent.

Redd have a strange method of choosing coffee. Pick out bookmarks with three different attributes.  Blended in the grinder. Perverse.

Far far better, bookmarks with different single origin, attributes listed, pick one. Would then learn more about coffee.

I cannot drink outside Redd my coffee, walk to Kolonakiou where I sit and relax with my cold brew.

I have walked around the square in the past, never stopped. It is quite a pleasant place to sit and relax.

Onward to Taresso but do not stop. Kelly their head barista has moved on. They are wary and will not tell me where I can find her.

I decide to climb Lycabettus Hill. The last time I climbed a year ago, the sun was setting, stunning views from the top of sunset, but walk down in the dark. Easy to walk over the edge of a precipice.

Today the day starts off cool, very warm as I climb the hill, up through pine forest, then a cactus forest before last stage bare rock.

I ask a police officer before I ascend, do I have to wear mask? Yes, is his reply. No one does, it would be impossible.

Near to the top, not noticed before, a terrace with stunning views where can stop and have a drink.

On my way down, I am lost, I do not know where I am.

Eventually I find myself across the road from the National Garden. A long way from where I thought I was. Last year in the dark I was lost, eventually I found a coffee shop and asked to use their wifi. I was way past the Olympic Stadium, way way out of my way

I decide to make my way to Just Made 33. Only to arrive as closing.

Walking through Ermou, people queuing for sales, stock clearance before lockdown, and traditional this time of year. I spot a sign for a massage, Massage House. Return in 45 minutes. By the time I check out Just Made 33 and Peek a Bloom too late.

I try Peek a Bloom, only to find closed.

Pass by Cultivos the coffee shop serving taf I chanced upon previous day, closed. Street not as busy with traffic, but not pleasant. No way a suitable location for a coffee shop.

I seek out Crop Roastery the little coffee kiosk I found the previous day.

The knowledgeable guy I talked to the day before not there. Nevertheless I have a coffee. It is not good.

Walking through Plaka, deserted.

Cappuccino at Taresso

November 28, 2019

After vile tasting coffee at Nespresso flagship store in Kolonaki, a relief excellent coffee in Taresso.

At Taresso an excellent cappuccino.

Dropped off guest coffee.

I had wished to visit Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies then Mokka, but no time.

As nearby, I decide to visit coffee shop in Graffito. I learnt it closed at least two years ago.


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