Friday, September 01, 2006

Coffee, anyone?


In Greece we don't just drink coffee. We merely rent a chair and table for two-three hours. Most caffees are in small, tiny parks (Athens has very few parks and urban green areas) which local mayors make from scratch in order to rent the space to the "cafeterias" (as we call the coffee shops) for a high price.

In Greece, an espresso coffee costs no less than 3 euros. Cappuccino for 3,50 and Cappucino Freddo (ice cappucino) 3,70 to 4 euros. And these are mean prices as, in central Athens, it costs 4,50.

But, as I said, you don't actually pay for the coffee. You pay for the chair (and sometimes a whole couch) for two-three hours, between the trees. Doesn't it worth it?

6 comments:

Pamela said...

That looks so familiar, I think I rented a chair in that park. It was a long time ago, mind you, but it brings back great memories. WOW! Expresso for 3 euros. It is only one euro in the quieter parts of Spain. However, yours is stronger!

Candice & Megan said...

I'll take a cup!

Kris said...

for 2-3 hours? yup, why not!

Gerald England said...

I hope it isn't as much as that in Crete next month or we'll have to stick to bottled water!

OK if you *can* stay in the same place for hours, but once my wife's finished her drink she always wants to be and away!

Ovelikios said...

Gerald, outside Athens the prices ar a little lower (a little) but at tourist areas the prices can be even higher. Aim for traditional cafe´s (KAΦΕΝΕΙΟ). You can spot them by the old men sitting there drinking greek coffee in small cups. But don´t expect them to have frappuccino and the likes. Stick to frapee :-)

Anonymous said...

It is an absolute joy to sit and drink in the culture, the people and a cappucino freddo for 3 hours--the time flys and you feel refreshed and renewed!!!