Many places in Athens claim to be “art spaces”, “art cafes” or in general art related – and they probably are, I won’t argue about that.
There is one place though, that is an official art cafe, with a degree. That is the cafe (or the cafeteria) of the National School of Fine Arts. The Alumni Association of National School of Fine Arts is also hosted here. So, yes it is official!
The cafe is located in a house with a yard in Plaka, at Tholou street. As its name denotes, it is a student cafeteria; that means that the menu is limited to beers, refreshments and some alcohol. That also means that the prices are student prices, so I think that it is the cheapest place in Athens – and I say that taking full responsibility.
So, why go to this student cafe? Not for old times sake, but because of the quiet, fresh yard. The building is a traditional Athenian house under the Acropolis: the entrance leads to an internal yard with trees, surrounded by “rooms” where people used to live and are now used as ateliers by the students . The character of the cafe is revealed by the various statues in the yard and some exhibitions that occasionally take place.
So, after a long wander in Plaka, rest your tired body and sunburned head in the Cafe of NSFA!
National School of Fine Arts cafe | Art & culture, Coffee & tea | Beer € 2.50
18:00 – 01:00 daily