With its Zapatista coffee, anarchical literature on sale and musical playlist unconstrained by nothing save the Creative Commons License, it’s not easy to misunderstand To Pagaki’s (Greek for “the bench” named after the one which comfortably sits right outside its premises) radical political inclinations.
But there’s loads more to like here: it’s well-connected (only a 5-minute walk from metro station Syggrou-Fix and tram stop Kasomouli and 10 minutes from the Acropolis Museum), it’s on a pedestrian zone which is remarkably quiet given that it’s practically right next to one of the city’s busiest avenues (Syggrou Av.) and -believe me, this counts for much- it’s surprisingly cheap; you will seldom find a bottle of ouzo and plate of assorted mezedes in Athens for less. My theory is that the the mood of the people working there is contagious; that could explain why every second time I go there I’m inspired to let my reserved feelings for people just flow out.
My personal favourite would have to be their Zeos unpasteurised (don’t be scared, it’s good!) beer, a rarity you can find in only a handful of places in Athens – two to date. 1L for € 6.50 is happy hour stuff for most other places.
One last piece of advice: avoid going there in the later hours of the afternoon for the sun is hidden behind the tall buildings standing on the sides of the pedestrian zone and it can get chilly and dark.