Ilias is from Thessaloniki. Theodora comes from Athens. They met in Samothraki and fell in love with each other and with the island. Despite the many difficulties they faced, they decided to change their lives and forever move to the place that had brought them together. A few years later, Konstantina, a beautiful blue-eyed baby girl was born.
They run a coffee shop right in the center of town. It's called Trapeza ("bank" in Greek) and it has the most beautiful view of the old medieval citadel and the red roofs of Chora. The funny story is that there actually used to be a bank there some years ago with the whole works - clerks, counters, a big safe in the back.
Ilias and Theodora breathed new life into the old building turning it into a charming place, full of good vibes and positive energy, a place that is easy to enter, but hard to leave.
Theodora is a graphic artist and this is obvious in each and every corner of her coffee shop. Crochet toys, wooden decorations, colored ceramic pottery are arranged on the shelves and in the windows. Natural soaps, face creams (which only use bee wax, extra virgin olive oil and essential oils), spoon sweets, liqueurs, spices – all of them are locally produced and an excellent idea for a gift.
Go in the morning and sit at a table on the terrace overlooking Chora. Slowly sip a Greek coffee or a creamy frappe. Ask for a feta, tomato and oregano omelet. Try one of the many types of sweet or savory crepes.
Don't forget about the ice cream – it is delicious. If you want to taste a traditional dessert, try haslamas.
Go again in the evening when the sun begins to set and be amazed by the changing shades and colors of the citadel and village. If there are no free tables outside, enjoy the cozy and colorful interior.
Ask for a plate of tasty local starters and a lemon or chocolate pie, drink a glass of wine, a cold beer, or a mandarin liqueur made by Ilias and browse through the books about Samothraki. Allow yourself to live slowly, to make new friends, to discover wonderful cozy places just like Trapeza.
Contact Trapeza Cafe - Chora Samothraki
Trapeza Cafe is located right in the center of Chora, the capital of Samothraki, near the town's main church.
Phone: +30 255 104 1532