By Natassa Georgopoulos & Lena Harizopoulos
Are you constantly seeking to discover new places, restaurants, cool bars,boutiques, hidden gems in the middle of nowhere, in order to add them to your IT agenda and enrich your little black book?
Do you feel the urge to know first the next best thing and savor it before anybody else does and by now you have accumulated a zillion yellow post-its of places to go & see plus you receive tons of invites for events, openings, etc. that you are too busy to attend BUT when you get some “me” time your mind goes blank and you can’t decide where to go and have some quality time with your self?
The places where we get to recharge our batteries and regain our inner peace, through-out the years have always been old time classic bars – cafes-bistros- that we may nowadays consider passe but they retain a certain bohemian- artistic flair that we still love.
—Les Deux Magots/Paris
A must go destination over the years in Saint Germain Des Pres for lazy Sunday mornings away from the I-PADS.
Pablo Picasso, Elsa Triolet, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus were once frequent clients
Today, the cafe-restaurant is a must stop at Saint-Germain-des-Pres area of Paris.
I always go for croissant early in the mornong and the Deux Magots salad for lunch.
Les Deux Magots, 6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris
George Gershwin composed the classic “An American in Paris” in the Ivories Piano Bar, a section of the bar in Paris that still stands.
Also the Bloody Mary was supposedly created here.
Harry’s Bars are a bit over rated all around the world but you can still have a great cocktail or a quick club sandwich at Rue Daunou or at the top of Via Veneto in Rome
Situated in Piazza San Marco in Venice, Caffè Florian is Italy’s oldest Café that opened its doors back in 1720 and is nowadays an institution offering impeccable old school service and fine quality products.
Opt for a tea in one of the café’s frescoed rooms or for a breakfast on the outside Piazza table.
Caffe Florian, Piazza San Marco
––Caffe Ciampini, Roma.
Located in Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, just off the Italian parliament and 2 minutes away from the spanish steps, here you are going to see from posh locals who reside in the city cenre, politicians and sales assistants from the neighboring palazzo di FENDI, Bottega Venetta, Louis Vuitton.
You will have a great capucco – aka capuccino and a nice selection of cornetti- aka croissants.
If you happen to be there during lunch hour, try the ” Today’s dishes” they are all delicious. Best ciocolato fondente gelato ever -aka- Dark chocolate ice-cream.
Piazza di San Lorenzo In Lucina, 00186
—Da Capo, Athens.
In a city where “cofeeing” is Athenians’ favourite pass time, spending endless hours 24/7, 12 months a year, sitting in cafes it is sad not being able to enjoy good quality coffee.
Da Capo at Kolonaki square is by now an institution being the most people watching place in the morning during week days plus
serving one of the best espressos -quality and taste wise.
Kolonaki Square, 16137.