Tailor Made – Athens (GR)

One of the city’s oldest and most influential specialty coffee shops and award-winning cocktail bars should be on any visitor’s bucket list.

  • opening times:
    Mon - Thu: 8 - 2am, Fri - Sat: 8 - 4am, Sun: 9 - 2am
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    Facebook
  • price check:
    Espresso: €2 / Flat White: €3 / Filter: €3,50
  • machine:
    Nuova Simoneli
  • coffees on offer:
    various
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The Greek capital is awash with lovely squares that teem with life, especially in summer when everyone’s outside enjoying the sun or possibly seeking refuge from it. Not far from Monastiraki and Plaka, Tailor Made is a creature with two brains with one half being dedicated to roasting and service excellent specialty coffees and the other half being responsible for food and cocktails.

Espresso shot being pulled

Espresso shot being pulled

Run by Alexandros Papageorgiou, who took a moment of his time to show me around the premises, Tailor Made is one of a handful of Athenian coffee shops that doubles as café and cocktail bar with its own coffee roasting operation.

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The cocktail bar

The cocktail bar

The roaster 5kg Coffee Tool roaster is located upstairs, out of sight, which only makes sense since roasting requires full concentration and the repertoir always includes a variety of single origins such as the sweet and juicy La Independencia from El Salvador that Alexandros offered me after we had returned downstairs.

Barista at work

Barista at work

Interestingly, Alexandros has been active and very much involved in the specialty coffee scene for much longer than other city’s scenes have even been around. He founded a coffee school back in 2003 that he ran until 2010 as well as a national competition for specialty coffee. Indeed, he opened the door to many of the city’s coffee entrepreneurs to set up shop across Athens.

Terrace view

Terrace view

Next to that, the cocktail bar oddly specialises in Japanese whiskeys, which has won Tailor Made a series of bar awards too. During the day however, most people stop by for a light dish and a coffee. “We used to sell about 5-6 cold drips a day,” Alexandros explained. “Now we sell closer to 60. Just goes to show that even people who usually drink freddos are now developing a more refined taste for pure coffee.”

Coffee bar view

Coffee bar view

With its big awning and lovely terrace, Tailor Made is a great spot where you can cool down after a day of sightseeing or where you can get your day off to a great start. The choice is yours.

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