One of the things that always make be come back to Saorsa is its charming backyard, where I usually enjoy talking with friends or reading the last book that has fallen in my hands.
I know you will be tempted to sit in the square, usually blessed by the sun, just before entering the space, but allow me to force you to go inside to have a look.
The neoclassical facade doesn’t let you guess what you will find once you enter the building: a typical Athenian old house where several families used to share spaces; where they were sharing lives. This “communal” way of life, very normal in Mediterranean countries, was typical three generations ago. An early 20th century construction where those inhabitants –most of them working with fabrics– were dreaming about their freedom. Actually, Saorsa means freedom in Scottish Gaelic and you will find some hidden references to this concept in the decoration of the inner courtyard.
As they close very late at night, you have the option to go there for a coffee, for a snack, for a cocktail or for a quick dinner. I receive nothing but great service every time I go there.
Saorsa is very close to another of my favourites spots in the city. If you are going out around this area you may be interested in checking the article we wrote about Ble Papagalos – A bohemian jungle-like oasis.