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Athenian Stories

With a depth of talent in the city, it seemed imperative that we share and celebrate the stories of people with big ideas, who are starting new businesses, despite the hard economic times. It is the people that make up a city and Athenians are dynamic, creative and talented. Above all they’re brave. Athenian Stories is about those who are bold enough to have a go. You will also find cultural stories that make up the many parts of Athens today, including food, trends and modern architecture.

  • Taf Coffee Athens

    TAF specialty coffee in Athens

    Taf coffee is another business success story from Athens. Established as a family business in the 1990’s, Taf soon evolved from importers and roasters of traditional Greek coffee to a multi-level business specialising in high quality international roasts. For the last ten years, founder Yiannis Taloumis has been dedicated to sourcing sustainable gourmet grade coffee beans.

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  • Greece revisited we design

    Greece Revisited by We Design

    When architect Philippos Photiadis, product designer Sergios Fotiadis and graphic artist Theano Petridou joined forces to establish 'We Design', their focus expanded into redefining the concept of souvenirs, leading them to establish Greece Revisited, a line of products drawing from Greek history, tradition and everyday culture.

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  • Elena Syraka jeweller

    Designer Elena Syraka draws from Greece’s ancient history for inspiration

    Elena Syraka created her first pieces of jewellery while at school, without realising this would ultimately be her calling. After studying at the Veloudakis Fashion School in Athens, she went on to ESMOD in Paris, where she decided to focus on jewellery design. Her official debut into the field was in 1995 and about a decade later, she decided to focus exclusively on fine jewellery. Her designs balance between opposite elements, such as the masculine and the feminine, the strict and the fluid.

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  • Kostarelos Cheesemakers Why Athens

    Kostarelos: three generations of cheesemakers

    The Kostarelos family cheesemaking business began in 1937 in the keen hands of Kyriakos Kostarelos. Today, brothers Kyriakos and Nikos, are the equally capable third generation, who have stepped up to continue the legacy. Striking the perfect balance between old and new production techniques, they are successfully producing a large variety of high quality dairy products, that are attracting the attention of those who are serious about cheese.

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  • Ancient Greek Meze Why Athens City Guide

    Greek meze and the evocative flavours of Greece

    Enjoying Greek meze is a treasured eating experience in Greece and a way of life that can be traced back to ancient times. It’s a perfect and uncomplicated way to catch up with friends over a few plates of simple tasty food and letting the wine or spirits flow. Eating meze is not an appetiser…

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  • Greek Olive Oil best

    The new generation of Greek olive oil

    A new generation of Greek olive oil producers are determined to capture the attention of international markets to ultimately convince buyers that Greek is best. Although it is undisputed locally, Greek extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) hasn’t been able to gain the same cachet that its Italian and Spanish competitors have been able to achieve….

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