The beautiful historic building of Yeni Hamam was built at the end of the 16th century and served as a Turkish bath for men & women until 1912. It functioned as a storage space and a cinema, but in later years it remained closed. I remember passing by this building many times with my father who was always upset because it was not properly used, and he was always telling me stories about the building from when it used to function as a cinema.
Last summer, my friend Stelios wanted to show me a new place that recently opened on Kassandrou street. We arrive there and I see “Aigli” open! We entered through the futuristic art-deco side entrance of the old cinema and in the corridor the glass blocks and star-shaped roof reveal the old hamam use of the building.To the left there’s the interior courtyard with its large screen, colored walls, and many movie posters. To the right, the fairytale interior transports you to another era.
I’ve often been here with friends and Spotters and everyone was excited by the atmosphere. It works as a café and restaurant with Greek and Mediterranean flavors. Ideally, I’d recommend raki drinks with vegetable moussaka, delicacies and Chatitze Salad with roasted hazelnut. One day I surprised my father and I took him for coffee in Aigli. We ended up having lunch there because he started telling me stories about the old Hamam, which by the way I love.