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Athens: Sweets at Serbetia

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Sometimes you just need to splurge. And where better to splurge than at a sweet shop like no other? ?? ????????? ???? ?????, or The Serbetia of Psiri, is in its own league.

Serbetia is located at Aischilou 3 in blisteringly hip Psiri (tel: +30-210-32-45-862.) The shop emanates the scent of cinnamon, honey, and sugar. Pastries are enormous, as well, which makes the €5.50-€6.50 pricing seem reasonable.

From baklava to ekmek, peach pie to chocolate and orange giouzel, the offerings are extremely sweet. Serbetia also sells glyko tou koutaliou (fruit and sugar combined into diabetic poison) and yogurt with honey, two traditional and slightly lighter Greek desserts. Serbetia also serves up a range of coffees, tea, hot cocoa, and even rakomelo—see above—a scrumptious blend of warmed raki with honey.

Our all-time favorite is the baklava-like treat hazan dipi, with dark chocolate in the center and milk chocolate syrup dripping from every piece of filo.

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In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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