10 beautiful cafés in Attica’s museums and cultural centres


You are in one of the numerous museums of Attica and marvel at the world-famous exhibits that reflect the rich ancient and modern culture of this land. It’s time for a break, before you continue your tour. The café-restaurants of Attica’s museums and cultural centres welcome you in elegant atriums, rooftops that offer majestic views, and lush green gardens with relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy your coffee or drink, a light snack or full meal in these little oases, surrounded by art and culture.

Acropolis Museum

On the second floor of the Museum you will find a café-restaurant with a 700 sqm terrace that offers panoramic views of the Acropolis and the surrounding historical hills of Athens. Here you will enjoy your breakfast, a variety of hot dishes based on traditional recipes that are seasonally updated, a hot or cold beverage with dessert or an evening cocktail. A stunningly beautiful space commanding an enchanting view, in one of the most iconic museums of Attica!


National Archaeological Museum

A quiet, verdant garden-patio with over 700 plant species awaits the museum’s visitors for a pleasant coffee and snack break, by the statues and mosaics of the permanent exhibition. The café also hosts works of Greek and foreign artists, as well as musical performances in the context of annual cultural events, such as on Museums Day, August Full Moon et al.


Museum of Cycladic Art

The Cycladic Café is a hidden oasis in the centre of Athens, and one of the brightest gardens of the city, featuring an imposing floating façade-sculpture. Here you will savour your breakfast, brunch or lunch and enjoy exceptional Greek flavours prepared by established Greek chefs. During spring and summer months, the roof opens up and the white awnings let the cool breeze flow in, creating ideal shade for chatting and relaxation.


Byzantine & Christian Museum

In the garden of the Byzantine and Christian Museum you will have your coffee and dessert or a light dish at the “ILISSIA” café – bistrot. In the shadow of the Palace of the Duchess of Plaisance and with the Hymettus ridge in the background, the charming café – bistrot offers peaceful and relaxing moments before or after your tour in the museum.


Numismatic Museum

In the stunning garden of the “Palace of Ilion”, a small verdant oasis of 800 sqm welcomes us with many species of the Greek flora and copies of ancient Greek statues. The museum’s café offers coffee, fresh fruit juices, a selected wine list, salads, cheese and cured meat platters, as well as sweet and savoury tarts, in the quiet and cool environment of the courtyard, where Heinrich Schliemann used to spend his free time.


Athens City Museum

Black Duck Bistrot of Athens City Museum is located in the “garden of the Old Palace”, the first public garden of the city, with four entrances, fountain, and a cistern filled with water and goldfish. Here you can still see the palm tree planted by queen Amalia herself. The bistrot’s menu changes frequently, offering a vast variety of Mediterranean dishes with European influences.


Benaki Museum

The list continues with Benaki Museum and its satellite museums: On the rooftop of the main building, on Koumbari street, there is a wonderful small café with majestic views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus hill and the National Gardens. The café of the Museum of Islamic Art in Kerameikos district, on 22 Ag. Asomaton street, “oversees” the archaeological site of Kerameikos cemetery, Thission and the Acropolis and serves delicious snacks and beverages, while the ground floor lounge of the Benaki Museum on 138 Pireos street serves fine flavours in a modern and minimalistic space.


Β & Ε Goulandris Foundation

Featuring a modern, discreet design and vegetation that embraces the space, the atrium of B&E Goulandris Café-Restaurant is a cool and quiet oasis in the heart of the city. Between the ground floor and the first floor of the museum you will enjoy an extraordinary gastronomic experience and a menu that highlights Greek produce in a creative way.


Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

SNFCC offers a multitude of choices for relaxation and wonderful gastronomic experiences, in beautiful spaces. In Agora Bistro you will savour all-day meals, from breakfast to dinner, while in the Canal Café, overlooking the impressive Canal, you will taste savoury and sweet dishes based on pure Greek ingredients, in an elegant environment. Delta restaurant is open on Sundays, offering a rich à la carte menu and brunch, inspired by Greek cuisine. Right by the lush green park and the children’s playgrounds of the SNFCC you will find the Park Kiosk, where you will enjoy refreshing juices, coffee and light snacks.


Technopolis City of Athens

A unique industrial building of the 20th century houses the modern all-day café of the Technopolis that offers creative flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine and the Greek tradition, in a space of extraordinary atmosphere. Children will greatly enjoy the vast green space, which is ideal for carefree play!


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