Athens has long been an underrated European capital—one most people just pass through on their way to an island—and given the country's recent struggles, even fewer people, I think, consider it a destination in and of itself. To anyone who isn't sure of what else Athens has to offer (besides being the epicenter of the ancient world, that is), I'd point them to Yiasemi. It's such a perfect representation of the old-meets-new that Athens does so well. It's somewhat hidden, which makes it all the more fun.
I lived in Athens for two years, so it has a special place in my heart. Even when I go back to the city today, this small cafe on the steps still manages to feel like a shared secret between friends. It's really where locals go, and I've spent many afternoons and evenings here with friends drinking coffee—or something a little stronger.
—Katherine LaGrave, Associate Digital Editor
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