Some years ago we were walking in Aristotelous square with a friend and we didn’t want to have a coffee in any of the places around there because everything looks alike. She told me “I’ll take us to a special place”. So, we followed a small secret passage, we climbed the stairs and a blue neon sign with the name Café Palermo showed us to our destination.
This small charming Art Deco café opened in 2009 and it was created with great effort to become something different in the city. The floor has an old style colourful motif, relaxing jazz music plays in the background and the decoration is part of the personal collection of the owners: antique, unique pieces of phones, cameras, clocks, crystals and my favorite trolley from the 50s. The name of the cafe wants to emphasize the historical relations and similarities of Thessaloniki with the city of Palermo in Italy.
I like to go to this café for an afternoon coffee. You can taste authentic Italian espresso, a hot chocolate or tea and try the handmade chocolates that they offer with the coffee. Despite the decoration, all ages are present in this café and all are seeking the unique atmosphere of this place. From the window of the café you can see the bustling Aristotelous Street, but the antique clock is stopped along with the time pressure. It is a time to spend with your friends, on a short trip to the close by Palermo.