O Fournos tou Taki (Takis Bakery), a small bakery located in Koukaki at 14, Misaraliotou Street, just across Acropolis, is one of the most popular bakeries in Athens.
You might think; why is this bakery so famous? Well, there are many reasons why.
More than 30 types of bread are produced here every day: wheaten bread, rye bread, seeded loaves (with eight or ten seeds), semolina bread, bread filled with walnuts, rustic loaf (called agroikias) made with white or whole wheat flour, the traditional Greek country loaf (called choriatiko), baguette campaillou made with white or whole wheat flour and, last but not least, the bakery’s latest entry, a new French baguette which sells like hotcakes.
Here you’ll also find the famous Greek style sesame-seeded encrusted bread ring koulouri Thessalonikis (koulouri Thessalonikis, an integral part of the Greek way of living, is a traditional snack for Greek people who normally have it as breakfast-on-the run), koulouri filled with chocolate, a plethora of voutigmata (biscuits for dunking taken with morning or evening coffee; they are not that sweet and come in various flavours and shapes), biscuits, cakes, Greek cookies (koulourakia in Greek; these cookies are often made with butter and come in various shapes and flavours, such as orange, cinnamon, ouzo etc.), focaccia with rosemary sprigs, ground salt, olives and oregano.
Eager for more? Well, here you can also taste many savoury sandwiches; apart from usual ones, you can also get sandwiches with honey, sesame seed (tahini in Greek) and apple, as well as numerous others with a more cosmopolitan flavour, such as the sandwich with red pepper and Spanish chorizo.
If you have a sweet tooth, we have good news for you! The variety of sweets is really amazing. The Takis bakery ’s delights are nicely and elegantly displayed in shelves, displays or baskets.
Takis Papadopoulos – a relaxed baker and a man who likes things done with care and devotion – was born in Thessaloniki in 1948. At that time, his father was working in a bakery called Ippodromos. Takis and his family came to Athens in 1961 and it was them who taught the Athenians what the real koulouri Thessalonikis was all about, says Takis.
“The koulouri that was sold in Athens was like bread, foamy and soft. Ours was hard on the outside, like the breadsticks (kritsinia in Greek). The bread rings koulouria Thessalonikis were a smash success. Our first bakery was in Plaka, at the corner of Adrianou and Kydathinaion Streets. We used to produce 70,000 of bread rings every day and the bakery was open 24/7; koulouri vendors queued for hours and hours waiting to fill the trays of their trolleys (nowadays, koulouria Thessalonikis are sold in bakeries but initially, they were sold on the streets from itinerant vendors standing at traffic lights or at toll booths. The vendors would sell the sesame rings from carts or from trays that they placed on folding tripods or on their shoulders). We moved to this neighbourhoodiIn 1971. It was then when we started being involved in bread making. Thodoros and Artemis, my two sons, joined the bakery business much later. It took a lot of work and research to get where we are today”.
Takis bakery is a real gem for the neighbourhood. Nevertheless, if you get here from far, you can consider yourself lucky for two reasons; first, because you’ll surely satisfy your palate and second, because you’ll find yourself in the warm embrace of the homely ambience of this neighbourhood bakery.
Since 2010, the sons of Takis are the legal owners of the Takis bakery, since Takis had to retire. Nevertheless, you won’t have to look very far to find him; he is around most of the time!
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7.00 – 20.30