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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 March 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017 15 FOOD FOR THOUGHT to sit inside, you will be tempted by smells of homemade bread, lemon pies, biscuits, herbal teas and the many other delightful aromas. Choose one of the light dishes or a pastry and enjoy it in one of the most authentic meeting places in Athens. "We make everything from scratch, from the biscuits we serve with the coffee to the yummy traditional food and desserts throughout the day. We start serving at 10 in the morning and don't stop until a couple hours after midnight. Our customers are welcome to come at any time and try anything their heart desires from our menu." According to Mariza, running a business in Greece's current economic climate is by no means an easy task for the fainthearted. "It is a constant battle, but we love what we do. Our prices haven't increased in eight years while the quality of our food and what's on offer gets upgraded constantly, so that we can keep our customers satisfied. At the end of the day, that's what's important to us. "Our house is open to everyone. You could be sipping Greek coffee while people around you are opening filo pastry, making jam, a homemade liqueur, or preparing traditional Greek desserts as if you were at home," says 40-year-old Mariza, who left her home island Mykonos eight years ago to follow her dream. The hardworking entrepreneur admits that the island helped her understand and learn a lot about customer service and professionalism while working in hospitality. "Mykonos was a huge learning experience for me but it has now changed dramatically; thus, I decided to leave and come to Plaka which reminds me of the island life, away from the island, in the heart of Athens," she says. The café welcomes thousands of foreigners and locals throughout the year that love exploring the neighbourhood and who are seeking out unique experiences, while delving into the authentic traditional Athens. A few years ago, Yiasemi also featured in one of the most successful Greek movies directed by Greek producer/actor Christopher Papakaliatis, What if ... (Av). "It was certainly a great production and an amazing experience. When the movie was released it gave a real boost to the area because people came looking for this special place in Athens; it was like everyone was reminded of the old traditional Greek neighbourhood of Plaka. Following its recent renovations, Yiasemi has had a further makeover in order to accommodate more customers and host concerts, cultural events and art exhibitions adding more value to the already unique experience. As far as the name goes, it's really not hard to understand why Mariza named her café Yiasemi. "It was after my favourite flower," she says. "I love the smell, the feel, the look. I love everything about my Yiasemi."
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