Kokkion Athens

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Dimitris from Athens

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Kokkion’s ice cream is amazing. But let me put this in context. I have to be honest with you – I’m not a fan of marketplaces. I often find the offer overwhelming and the crowds stifling. The central market of Athens, Varvakeios, is no different, with the added bonus that its levels of dirtiness never fail to surprise and rub me the wrong way. During the never-ending 2nd COVID quarantine, walking on these streets was even less appealing than it had been before, the aura of abandonment and decay stronger than ever.

But as you must know already, urban decay can be sexy, and that could very well be the whole trendy neighborhood of Psyrri’s foundational motto. Kokkion is an ice cream place that’s strategically placed on a side street in this area, where the griminess can be cool or off-putting depending on the time of day and whether the shops around are closed. It’s a welcome addition to an area where not all changes have been positive or approved by Athenians.

Anyway, on our first visit, Marilena got milk chocolate/pepper and tangerine/ginger sorbet, whereas I got pistachio and cinnamon. Always on the lookout for the city’s best ice cream, we knew Kokkion should make the list from the very first lick. It’s a good thing that when you’re a couple, you can (usually) share your ice cream freely. Although I have to say I was particularly proud of my serendipitous discovery of such a tasty combination of cinnamon and pistachio!

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Dimitris from Athens

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Protogenous 2, Athens

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Opening Times

Mon - Thu 08:00 - 00:00, Fri 08:00 - 01:00, Sat 10:00 - 01:00, Sun 10:00 - 00:00


Small cup: € 2.50


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