At the Psiri area in the heart of Athens, there is a small road called Melanthiou street. This street transformed in the last few years, from a drugs area to a cyclists’ joint. One of the pioneers of this movement is Welsh Gareth Jones who came from London to open a bike store here.
At Melanthiou street you will find everything and everyone who has ties to the bike philosophy: the bike store VCA, the Handlebar cafe, the Bondex cyclist couriers, along with Silver 925 graffiti store, creative design studio Pi6 and many cyclist as well. You can come and drink your coffee while your bike is being fixed or eat something at very low prices. The best time to visit Melanthiou street is in the afternoon when people are gathered at small tables by the road and it all creates one company.
With a bike or not, take a break at this spot during your city walk in Athens’ center. You will probably meet me here while I’m fixing my bike again.