Myrtilo Café: The Place To Be In Panormou

  • by XpatAthens
  • Friday, 17 May 2024
Myrtilo Café: The Place To Be In Panormou
Nestled in the vibrant Panormou area, right next to the serene Kapaps Park, lies a hidden gem that has been captivating hearts and changing lives since October 2013. Myrtillo Café, more than just a place to grab a delicious coffee, is a beacon of hope and a testament to the power of community.

A Café with a Mission

Myrtillo isn’t your typical café. It’s a Social Cooperative Enterprise with a Special Purpose, designed to integrate vulnerable groups into the labor market. Established in 2013, Myrtillo has become a cornerstone of inclusivity and empowerment in Athens. With 16 dedicated employees, 13 of whom come from vulnerable backgrounds, the café embodies the spirit of resilience and collective responsibility.

Walking into Myrtillo, you’re greeted by a warm, cozy ambiance that immediately feels like home. The staff, baristas, waiters, food preparers, and general employees, work together seamlessly, each contributing to the café’s unique charm. We met Michalis, the soul of service, and Aris, a kind soul who has been welcoming guests with open arms since day one. Their genuine warmth and hospitality make every visitor feel like family.

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More Than Just Coffee

During our visit, we were treated to freshly made coffee, accompanied by two delightful little biscuits. The experience was enhanced by the café’s inviting atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and connecting with others. As we savored our drinks, we couldn’t help but notice the joyful interactions around us. A couple with their child and dog, an older couple enjoying their time together—everyone seemed to know the employees by name, a testament to the close-knit community Myrtillo has fostered.

A Hub for Creativity & Learning

Myrtillo isn’t just about coffee; it’s a thriving arts center. The café regularly hosts seminars, courses, live concerts, book presentations, and exhibitions, thanks to the generosity of student volunteers, interns, artists, and specialists. This continuous influx of creativity and learning opportunities enriches the lives of everyone involved and makes Myrtillo a cultural landmark in Panormou.

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Why Myrtillo Matters

Places like Myrtillo are vital for our communities. They promote inclusivity, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background, has a place where their skills are appreciated and nurtured. Myrtillo stands as a shining example of how businesses can make a difference, not just economically but socially, by creating an environment where everyone feels valued and supported. 

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Join the Myrtillo Family

Everyone is welcome to volunteer and become a part of this incredible journey. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a great cup of coffee, volunteer your time, or simply soak in the positive energy, Myrtillo Café is the place to be. We left Myrtillo with full hearts and a promise to return soon, inspired by the kindness and community spirit that permeates every corner of this wonderful café. This is the kind of café we need more of in the world—a place where every visit is a reminder of the good we can achieve together.

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