This morning we hit up a renown local cafe in the city, it having been around since 1931 as a family business. It began by distributing milk and later producing puddings, creams, yoghurts, butter honey and pan pastries, all made according to traditional recipes of course. They also make sure to carefully source their ingredients from select producers in Greece, making the food is more delicious than it already is. Hidden under vines and leaves that ripple across and over two buildings on wooden structures, cafe furniture is spread out in front of the cafe, illuminated by warm yellow lights inside and green neon in-front boasting its name “Stani”. We had to try multiple things, of course, ordering the famous traditional sheep milk yoghurt served with thick fresh honey and crunchy walnuts, a filo cream-pie and famous Greek cheese-pie, with hot coffee on the side to wash it all down with. The yoghurt was exquisite; delightfully creamy and sour with a traditional “crust” atop, the sweetness of the honey cutting through the sharpness of the yoghurt. I would come back for the yoghurt alone. The crispy sheets of filo pastry sandwiching a thick layer of cream was, too, a delight, and all the sweetness was made a bit better with a bite of the salty cheese pie. We sat under the canopy of leaves, watching fellow cafe-goers laze through their morning just as we did, enjoying the cooler weather than the previous day.
Once stuffed, the Ancient Agora was next on the agenda. We walked through the city, through a vintage kind of flea market on the way there, stopping to peruse some of the gems on offer.
The word “agora” is applied to a group of people, so basically this was a gathering kind of place in ancient Greece. The Agora is located at the heart of the city, being used as a residential area for about 5000 years. But without proper restoration, it’s almost impossible to imagine how it would have been so, only ruins remaining with few full structures erect. In contrast to the austere ruins, however, stand two majestic buildings, the Temple of Hephaestus and the Stoa of Attalos. Inside the Stoa now you can find a small collection of excavated objects, featuring plates, coins and more. On the second floor, you can find famous Greek sculptures, standing proudly looking out onto the Agora.