Melina Mercouri Café in Athens, Greece

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Updated: November 16, 2021
By Santorini Dave

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Review of Melina Mercouri Cafe in Athens, Greece

Melina Mercouri Cafe is an elegant cafe dedicated to the iconic Melina Mercouri.

Equal parts restaurant and shrine, Melina Mercouri Café is located in central Plaka, underneath the onetime apartment of iconic actor, singer, politician, activist, and Greece’s sweetheart Melina Mercouri. The space is filled with Mercouri memorabilia, while the moderately-priced menu features excellent traditional Greek meze, meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes, along with a variety of sweet and savory crepes and desserts. This family-friendly place offers indoor and outdoor seating, breakfast till late afternoon, and is great for a late-night snack. Located along a quiet street, three metro stations are within a ten-minute walk.

Melina Mercouri Café Hours and Information

  • Season: Open year-round.
  • Hours: 9 am-2 am 7 days a week.
  • Website: cafemelina.gr
  • Location: Lisiou 22, Plaka.
  • Telephone: +30 210 324 6501
  • View: Not much of a view as the cafe is located on a quiet pedestrian street.
  • Parking: 3 parking lots are just a couple of minutes to the east.
  • Metro: Monastiraki (500m), Acropoli (500m), and Syntagma (750m) metro stations are less than 10 minutes away.

Melina Mercouri Café

Melina Mercouri Cafe location

The lovely Melina Mercouri Cafe is located right underneath Melina Mercouri’s former apartment…

Melina Mercouri Cafe location

…on a quiet, charming street in central Plaka.

Melina Mercouri Cafe indoor seating

The cafe has a cozy and casual atmosphere and features lots of memorabilia from Mercouri’s life.

Melina Mercouri Cafe indoor seating

Large windows let in a lot of natural light.

Melina Mercouri Cafe indoor seating

The cafe is very popular with locals.

Melina Mercouri Cafe indoor seating

Every wall, nook, and cranny here is dedicated to Mercouri.

Melina Mercouri Cafe menu

Even the menu is part photograph album.

Melina Mercouri Cafe indoor seating

The kitchen is located at the end of the restaurant, just past the bar.

Melina Mercouri Cafe indoor seating & bar

The bar offers a large selection of wines and cocktails.

Melina Mercouri Cafe food

Apart from traditional Greek meze, meat, seafood, pasta, and vegetarian dishes, a variety of sweet and salty crepes are a specialty here.

Melina Mercouri Cafe food

Coffee and desserts, too.

Melina Mercouri Cafe outdoor seating

Beside the cafe is a large outdoor seating area with many tables.

Melina Mercouri Cafe outdoor seating

Chairs and small tables have been set up on both sides of the entrance for guests to enjoy a coffee, drink, or smoke while watching the world go by.

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