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Some Coffees are Worth the Trek

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photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis

You think that Starbucks frappuccino is delish? Try the frappuccino at Portes Café in Neo Psychiko, one of the first suburbs north of central Athens.

Do not take this recommendation lightly, Cheapos. While visiting Athens, it is worth going to Portes (take bus #450 or 550 and get off at Faros bus stop) just to sample the café’s distinctive frappuccinos.

If you like the flavors of coffee and chocolate blended together, opt for the Portes mochaccino. Hot or cold, the frappuccinos and mochaccinos at Portes are delectable—and heavily caffeinated—liquid desserts.

“Portes” means “doors,” and Portes Café surely opens new doors for its customers, whether they be culinary or artistic. The owner of the café is herself an artist, and she has conferred upon the décor a modern, sumptuous feel—the perfect accompaniment for the modern and sumptuous coffees on offer.

About the author

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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