Ivi (ΗΒΗ, pronounced eevee, like the pokémon) is a downright beautiful spot; its enormous windows let in plenty of light and offer a view over (and a few tables on) Exarchia Sq.; its natural wood tones and sleek lines evoke a pleasant and calm feeling. It’s basically a café-bar like most others, at least in theory; this one just “gets it” much better than its competitors, a crowd not small in number, especially in a neighbourhood like Exarchia.
I’ve come here several times with my laptop or notebook to do some writing, studying or other work in peace, something Ivi is apparently quite popular for. Maybe it’s the music that isn’t as disturbingly loud as in other places, maybe it’s the motivational signs on the wall made of sawdust boards… Perhaps it’s their small collection of clever books. No, I’ve got it: it’s their cozy mezzanine.
Though sometimes it feels a bit abandoned, as if nothing much happens or changes there (not necessarily a bad thing, of course), I still think you should give HBH a visit if you’re in central Exarchia. it’s a welcome change of environment.