standard-title Coffee: A way of life

Coffee: A way of life

Greek coffee, frape, filtered coffee or espresso, cappuccino or freddo cappuccino, the choices are so many!

Drinking coffee is by far one of the greatest pleasures for the Greeks. Our national drink probably costs more than it should, but lasts longer than anywhere else. The average time devoted to this beloved habit is at least 40 minutes; drinking coffee is kind of a ritual almost for every Greek.

Almost 85% of all Greeks drink coffee, whereas only 15% drink tea and 7% chocolate beverages.

When it comes to coffee, the choices are many: greek coffee, frape, filtered coffee, espresso, cappuccino and so on… Each kind of coffee carries a different culture. Its own place, time and social dimension.

The greek coffee is the traditional choice, the coffee of our parents in a way. On the other hand, instant coffee, such as frappe and nescafe, is the youth’s choice.

Coffee tales; The discovery of Frappe Coffee

Thus…Frappe Coffee was created! Closer look to one of the four paintings devoted to Vakondios and his discovery. (“Explorers” exhibition, “Medium:Rare” team)

Despite its French name (frappe = hit), the hallmark of the Modern Greek is a Greek invention. Inspirer is Dimitri Vakondios, employee in Nestle’s booth in Thessaloniki’s International Trade Fair of 1957.

He had the idea to use a shaker and cold water to make coffee…

While shaking he soiled his suit, but within seconds he created the most popular coffee drink in Greece, which is now enjoyed throughout the year, both in summer and winter time…Frappe!

  • Take your time and enjoy your coffee in Thessaloniki. You will soon realize that coffee is actually a place, a meeting place of people who have inclination towards.. discussion! It is the ideal way to relax, enjoy your friends and make new ones!
  • Thessaloniki is a paradise for coffee lovers! You’ll have the chance to discover traditional, historic destinations along with creativelly designed (classic, minimal, post-industrial, hipster, ethnic or just… cozy) cafes as well. NIkis Avenue, Aristotelous Plaza, Ano Poli (Upper City), Tsimiski Avenue, Ladadika, Nea Paralia and of course Kalamaria and Nea Krini are just a few places to mention!

Some really great places to enjoy your drink or coffee.

Thessaloniki has hundreds of destinations that will enrich your coffee-experience! Check the map for some of the most popular must-visit areas for both locals and visitors!

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