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Athens: hipsters central at the vegan Joshua Tree café

Dimitris Kossyfas | 1 June 2020
Joshua Tree Cafe
3.5
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Neighbourhood:
Mets
Specialises in:
Vegan
Cuisine:
Vegan, Vegeterian
Price:
$$$
Best time to visit:
Coffee

 

Escaping the Athenian standards and edging towards East London’s vibes, Joshua Tree Café offers a nice home away from home for those in need of good coffee and some people-watching. For food, even if you love vegan and vegeterian, there’s still a long way to go.

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One of the few places that literarily popped up right after Covid-19’s lockdown restrictions lift, Joshua Tree Café is rightfully one that caught our eye as we were driving around the outskirts of Pagrati in Mets. Bright blue frames, big windows and a colorful array is what this place is all about. The neon sign showing the place is open and the peculiar faces around make for a great intro.

Aesthetics all around blend a nice American 60s vibe with some traditional elements of Greek architecture, making the perfect spot for trying something different – at last! Skevi Erotokritou, known from the hip success of Ipittou’s Bluebird, and Salonikos Salonikidis wanted to create a space that resembled their travel stories around California and New York’s Williamsburg.

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On coffee, they hit the right note by collaborating with Area 51 (check out the vintage Marzocco machine on the counter). On food, they are laser focused on healthy bites, offering a very tight menu of vegan and vegeterian options… that still though need a bit of work. Regardless, their Beyond Meat hot dog is a nice addition and a first for Athens. Also, their strawberry pancakes are supposed to be really good so we’ll definitely try them on our next visit.

Above all, people-watching is the thing here. And dog-watching too! With a dog-friendly mentality, Joshua Tree Café takes good care of our four-legged furry friends which always makes us feel good. Tables turn quickly, so even if you visit on a busy weekend morning chances are you’ll get a spot.

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Vegan Hot Dog by Beyond Meat

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