Wander around Athens, and like Cyprus, you will not find good coffee.
The times they are a changing, excellent coffee as in Cyprus is starting to make an appearance.
I would like to say I stumbled upon Tailor Made, as I usually go where my feet take me, but sadly not , I used what I would normally not, I used a guide, and that was what led me to the vicinity of the church, but where was the coffee shop, and which one was it? All I had was the church marked on a map.
Tailor Made was nearby, that was where I headed.
After a quick look inside, I found myself outside the only seat spare. Tailor Made was obviously very popular, as a it was very busy, mainly a young crowd.
Water as a human right. Without asking, I was brought a glass and a matt black bottle of ice cold water.
I found this to be fairly standard, table service and without asking, before even placing an order or be asked to place an order, brought a glass or a bottle of water.
Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies aka Δυο γουλιές & δυο μπουκιές was the rare exception, but there was water available to help yourself.
Trendy not the word, a hole in the wall opens into a trendy adjacent bar.
Impressive range of brew gear, including a stunning cold drip tower that is a work of art.
I must return to try the cold brew.
Upstairs a micro-roastery. Nothing less than Q grade of 85.
I was brought a coffee menu, history of Tailor Made, their philosophy and details on each coffee.
Located in a majestic neoclassical building by architect Ernst Ziller (1837–1923) and with (always busy) tables spilling out onto Aghias Irinis Square facing the church.
Ernst Ziller, works - photo essay by Yiorgis Yerolymbos
A photographic project on Ernst Ziller's works in Greece, by architect - photographer Yiorgis Yerolymbos, for Melissa…
When it opened in the summer of 2011, this part of Monastiraki was run down, times were hard, as they still are. The area was of tailors, hence the name.
A huge risk was taken, especially considering the massive capital investment.
The first month empty. Now packed.
Are people attracted because an ultra trendy coffee shop or that it is serving speciality coffee? At a guess a mix of both.
My cappuccino excellent.
Adjacent to my coffee a small spoon in a tiny glass. Not sure what for. At a guess, if used sugar, somewhere to put the spoon as no saucer.
I noticed although free wifi, people were engaged in conversation. The only exception a couple of people at a table inside using laptops.
Think of the best coffee shops in England. Tailor Made is in another league.
Located in Monastiraki.
To find, head down Ermou from Syntagma. When you have hit the church, take the first arcade on the right after the church.
Ermou is the Athens’ equivalent of Oxford Street in London. The same crap chain stores as find in any crap shopping centre.