Athens: cosy coffee and homey brunch at Dizer
Sometimes it feels great to go off the beaten path to discover new places, and Dizer in the northern Athenian suburb of Pefki is definitely a favourite one. Serving specialty coffee and homey breakfast/brunch treats, Dizer is a great hideout away from the crowds of Kifisia on lazy weekend mornings.
Inspired by the Portuguese phrase that translates "let's chat", Dizer is one of the true examples of the third-wave paraphernalia that has touched every single city around the world that respects its coffee rituals.
Camouflaged in plain black and white aesthetics, Dizer is hidden in a small street, just off the main avenue of Pefki, boasting high ceilings that immediately catch your eye as you first walk in. A long tabletop with all the right coffee equipment and a minimalist design is enriched by a more comfy space at the back that reminds more of a living room than a café. A fluffy white couch, books on the shelves and design lounge chairs create the perfect environment to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee... or even work off your laptop as many regulars do.
Kaloumenta, Samiotis and Kokkinou who wanted to create a homey atmosphere when they launched Dizer in early 2017. And they succeeded. Espresso, cold brew, flat white, dripper and any other blend you can imagine is from Underdog, a famous now roaster in Athens.
What's also interesting is their brunch menu that provides all sorts of options to cure the weekend night hangover. Speaking of which, you should try their hangover sandwich, made with fried eggs, bacon sourced from Drama, melted cheese and a bit of siraccha sauce! The huevos rotos (not exactly identical to the Spanish equivalent, but still very very good!) are runny fried eggs over baby potatoes. And, last but not least, their chocolate pancakes!