Posts Tagged ‘Peristeri’

Peristeri evening before lockdown

November 29, 2020

Friday three weeks ago, a cool day, no sun, a gale blowing, a day for the Metro and the suburbs.

Tuesday bars, restaurants and coffee shops closed. Midnight night time curfew. Friday last day of freedom before lockdown on Saturday.

Plaka deserted, Peristeri by contrast full of life. People on the street, everywhere open, the restaurants open, though serving takeaway only.

A long orderly queue, social distancing for a bookshop. If England, it would have been for consumer crap.

Had I advised people where to go, with restaurants closed in Plaka, I would have said hop on the Metro and spend the evening in Peristeri, except with lockdown, would not have bene possible, as only able to go out for local exercise.

Places to visit, Cashew, Mind the Cup, Manor House.

Takeaway coffee Mind the Cup

November 29, 2020

Friday three weeks ago, a cool day, no sun, a gale blowing, a day for the Metro and the suburbs. Last day of freedom, Saturday lockdown and would not be possible a trip on the Metro as only permitted exercise locally.

After a trip out to Eat Me and Kudu, passed back through Syntagma and headed out to Peristeri.

Peristeri full of life, an orderly queue for a book shops, contrast with Plaka deserted.

I look in Cashew which I had not seen before, coffee shop with nuts and druid fruit, I headed to Mind the Cup.

To Mind the Cup, a takeaway coffee and a bag of coffee.

As with The Underdog last year and now Kudu, Mind the Cup also coffee in Nespresso capsules.

Cashew

November 7, 2020

Cashew is an interesting concept, combine a coffee shop with a store selling loose nuts, dried fruits, honey, chocolate, peanut butter.

Shops selling loose dried goods common in Athens, in UK not so common and would be termed a zero waste store.

What is interesting Cashew, combine with a coffee shop and give it a more up market  trendy boutique look. Whether this is reflected in the prices charged I do not know. Nor how the quality compares with Central Market or Foyer.

I was greeted by the owner, a famous Greek actor or so he tried to impress upon me. He singularly failed to impress me with his lack of knowledge of chocolate. He thought Hotel Chocolat quality chocolate. Er, no, it is a chain, though with better quality than Cadbury’s.

The shop was quite busy. Whether due to only opened a few days ago or last day before lockdown I cannot say. At times too busy, lack of social distancing.

Not impressed by female staff removing her mask to shout across the store to another staff member.

The time taken to bag items too slow and not viable for a commercial operation.

Many of the products failed to list ingredients, not only illegal, could prove fatal to someone with allergies.

The coffee Cafeistas. I did not try as was on my way to Mind the Cup where coffee is excellent and only stumbled across Cashew en route.

I bought a slab of chocolate and a couple of other items. I wished I had bought more of the chocolate which I enjoyed eating, though not on a par with quality bean to bar craft chocolate

Metro and the suburbs

November 6, 2020

Friday, last day of freedom before lockdown, will then only be able to go for a walk locally for exercise.

Tuesday all restaurants, bars and coffeeshops closed. A night time curfew at midnight. Saturday, lockdown.

A cold day, gale blowing, cloudy, no sun. A day for the Metro, visit the suburbs. Also the last day this will be possible, as would not be able to travel on the Metro during lockdown, or at least not without a plausible excuse and prior consent.

First Cholargos to visit Eat Me, Metro, then 418 bus. Cannot get on where driver is sat, have to get on at exit. No idea how to pay. Some have a card, others simply walk on.

Eat Me I do not like. A bakery cum, coffee shop. Lack of ambience. The coffee though good.

Hop back on No 418 bus. As bus nears Metro station, I know the locality, hop off bus and head to Kudu.

Visit Kudu, excellent coffee shop. Very busy. Have a coffee and a bite to eat. New Synesso espresso machine. They have bought two for lockdown. They expect to be busy.

Then  back on Metro for Peristeri. Outside Metro station man selling the Big Issue.

On my way to Mind the Cup I walk past Cashew. Interesting concept, nuts dried fruits and coffee.

To Mind the Cup,  coffee and a bag of coffee.

As with The Underdog last year and now Kudu, Mind the Cup also coffee in Nespresso capsules.

I look in Manor House but do not stop.

Peristeri life on the street, queues for a bookshop before lockdown. Contrast with Plaka, deserted.

Then Metro to Acropoli.

Manor House

December 2, 2019

After visiting Mind the Cup and a little wander down the street, I head to Manor House opposite.

On my last visit, Manor House sourced their coffee from Tarreso but did tell me they hoped to roast their own coffee.

Now they are roasting their own coffee.

I am made a cappuccino.

Then head to Peristeri Metro Station. Luckily not raining.

Mind the Cup

December 2, 2019

A rainy day, head to Mind the Cup in Peristeri on the Metro.

As a few days ago, once in Mind the Cup it pours, though not as heavy as the week before when the streets awash with water.

I am in luck, I find who I am looking for before she finishes her shift. She greets me as soon as I walk in and thanks me for the coffee I dropped off for her.

She makes me a cappuccino. I would have picked up a bag of coffee, she is the coffee roaster, but do not like to carry coffee when it is raining.

After a wander down the street, I had to Manor House diagonally opposite Mind the Cup.

Rainy afternoon in Peristeri

December 2, 2019

Four weeks ago Tuesday, a rainy afternoon in Peristeri.

Heavy rain during the night, a day of sunshine and heavy rain, a day for the Metro and coffee shops.

Peristeri, head north on the Red Line, one stop short of the last stop.

I took the wrong exit out of the Metro station, at first disorientated.

At least nine roads lead out of the square and then immediately divide. All very confusing.

I head to Mind the Cup.

An interesting street lined with bars, restaurants, coffee shops and a few shops.

As a few days ago, once in Mind the Cup it pours, though not as heavy as the week before when the streets awash with water.

I am in luck, I find who I am looking for before she finishes her shift. She greets me as soon as I walk in and thanks me for the coffee I dropped off for her.

She makes me a cappuccino. I would have picked up a bag of coffee, she is the coffee roaster, but do not like to carry coffee when it is raining.

After a little wander down the street, I head to Manor House opposite.

On my last visit, Manor House sourced their coffee from Tarreso but did tell me they hoped to roast their own coffee.

Now they are roasting their own coffee.

I am made a cappuccino.

Then head to Peristeri Metro Station. Luckily not raining.

Alight at Acropoli Metro Station.

Night, ate out in Plaka.

Mind the Cup

November 29, 2019

Last day of October, up late, no sun, misty.

A day of hunderstorms and heavy rain.

A day for the Metro.

To Peristeri, last but one stop on Red Line to visit Mind the Cup.

Unfortunately who I wished to see not there. My fault, had I left earlier I would have caught her.

It then chucked it down. Streets awash with water.

Excellent cappuccino.

It was then to Syntagma and back out on the Blue Line to Ethniki Amyna to find Kudu Coffee Roasters.

Mind the Cup named by Buzzfeed as one of 25 coffee shops must visit in the world.

via Metro

November 29, 2019

Last day of October, up late, no sun, misty.

A day of hunderstorms and heavy rain.

A day for the Metro.

Buy a Metro ticket for 24 hours at Acropoli Metro Station. Had I noticed, I would have bought from ticket office as was open, rather than struggle with ticket machines.

To Peristeri, last but one stop on Red Line to visit Mind the Cup.

Unfortunately who I wished to see not there. My fault, had I left earlier I would have caught her.

It then chucked it down. Streets awash with water.

Excellent cappuccino.

It was then to Syntagma and back out on the Blue Line to Ethniki Amyna.

I was after Kudu Coffee Roasters.

Not a pleasant area, at least not walking along the busy polluted roads, but Kudu excellent coffee shop, excellent coffee.

But tea pigs tea, no way.

Dinner in Plaka. It had been a wet day, I half expected to find restaurant closed, instead I find a party.

Late night party until gone midnight, everywhere dark. Excellent musician playing.


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