The Amorgos Island Magazine would like to introduce to you today the oldest existing Cafeneon in Aegiali and its owner Giorgos Vekris.
Giorgos Vekris is now 80 years old and still works daily in his Cafeneon. Ever since he first opened in 1957, he is still every morning at 05.00 clock in his cafe and offers his Tiropitas (cheese pastries primarily baked on large pans, made from phyllo dough filled with feta cheese), Bugatza (pastry consisting of custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo) and Spanakopita (spinach pie, filled with spinach, feta cheese, onions or scallions, egg, and seasoning) . He was the first in Aegilai offering this products and they are still attractive at his peaceful Cafeneon close to the pier of Aegialis port. Of course he also offers all popular kinds of Greek coffee.
His father jokingly named the Cafeneon “Omonoia Cafe” based on the name of a well known big place in Athens. During the summer, but especially in the high season his daughters give him a hand. Good to see that a traditional, 1957 founded business is still working well, keep the owner and his guests young. Giorgos, please continue! Whenever you have a chance to visit this cafeneon – do it – you will dive into a peaceful, slow motion atmosphere, “lose” time …
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When taking our clients down to the port to the ship in Ormos we always leave 30 mins before we need to so that we can buy them a coffee here for their last taste of the ‘Real Amorgos’. May Giorgos be there for many, many years to come.
Giorgos is one of the finest people I’ve ever met. When Sandy is painting down in Aegiali you can normally find me at Giorgos’ drinking a “diplo metrio” and discussing life in general with him. He grew up in Aegiali and spins interesting yarns about his youth, when the whole village consisted of 11 houses.
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