Another one of these great places that are right in my neighbourhood, Shisha Coffee is an undeservedly little-known locale on Nea Smyrni Square. You can find some of the best and cheapest shishas (hookahs) in Athens here: €4 for a regular one or €6 for the “natural” one which includes half a real apple on top which makes the smoke smoother. There’s a wide selection of tobacco flavours for both kinds; everything one would expect from a good shisha café. The drinks on offer are not very alcoholic but I suggest you try the guava juice instead.
Shisha Coffee has two floors with large interior spaces and high ceilings. It also has a couple of cozy little balconies overlooking the town square but if you’re not bringing your date but all of your hookah-loving friends instead, the large couches inside will accommodate you plenty.
The decoration is decidedly oriental kitsch, as I suppose you can see in the picture above. The upper floor is mostly illuminated by the blue neon lights and blaring TVs, allowing the hookah charcoals to glow in the darkness. At the same time there’s something authentic about the decoration too; I’d expect the more classy/shiny shisha places in Egypt to not be that different from this one. There’s a guy who changes the embers of the shisha from time to time that adds to the effect, it’s something I’ve only seen done in Turkey.
You can get to Shisha Coffee by tram, getting off at stop Agias Fotinis.