Babouras (Greek for bumblebee) is one of my true randomly discovered spots. One day I saw it while riding in a taxi and I knew at once that I had to visit the place, and did so alone. Ever since, it’s been one of my ideal summer spots (when it’s not packed with people, which isn’t too often – try dropping by earlier rather than later!)
It has this vibe of the old-meets-new kafeneio that is very fashionable in Athens right now, but somehow this one feels closer to the new side than other similar spots. From the usual selection of drinks and mezedes, I prefer the Zeos unpasteurised beer that comes for € 7 per litre – not bad compared to the € 3 for the normal 0.5L beers like Fix. If it’s run out, as sometimes happens, you can’t go wrong with getting some raki for everyone.
There are 3 things that truly make this place special for me: 1) If all tables are occupied there’s the option of sitting on some stairs and threshold of a house next door. 2) It’s on a busy but rather quiet road, considering its central location. 3) At night, the streetlights illuminating the tables outside make the atmosphere quite simply perfect. I love going there just to take photographs. The lights of passing cars make for some truly interesting camera experiments.
The easiest way to reach Babouras is walking from metro stations Kerameikos or Thiseio.