First off, a small piece of insight: “leaf” and “page” can both be roughly translated into Greek as fyllo – a book of leaves or a tree of pages, then?
I’d been looking for a good spot for studying and reading in the wider Akropolis/Koukaki area for quite a long time – with limited success. Athens is famous for its insane number of bars and cafés everywhere, but few are what you’d call quiet, let alone places suitable for putting in some time for yourself and to enjoy the company a good book.
Little Tree, opened in summer ’16, caught my eye before I even set my foot inside it with its cute decoration and large windows. Difficult to say which part it does better: being a super-cozy, quiet café, or a cute little bookshop. On the one hand: coffee, homemade cakes, pies and teas (now it’s a bit colder outside I would definitely recommend trying the “hot lemonade” with cinnamon and ginger); on the other, shelves upon shelves of beautiful publications ranging from children’s books, YA novels, Greek literature, poetry, philosophy and politics, among many others.
Admittedly, if you can’t read Greek, the bookshop part might not be as interesting for you, since the books in English are few and far between. They do exist, however, and maybe you can turn discovering them into a challenge to find the perfect gift.
One of the best parts I kept for last: you can actually see the Akropolis Museum through those large windows.