The concept behind the menu is laid back, California style: street food and high-end dining effortlessly coexist, just like the well-heeled tourists and cool Athenian kids in shorts and baseball caps hanging out at the tables. Folk. is a place to sip a cortado (an espresso with an equal amount of hot milk) while working on your laptop, to enjoy an aperitif outside as the Athenian sky turns pink in the evenings, or even to have breakfast if you’re staying at the hotel (walk-ins are also welcome in the morning).
From the breakfast menu, we tried a toasted brioche with homemade ricotta and fruit compote. Apart from great coffee, Folk. has a good selection of herbal teas and sophisticated concoctions with turmeric, matcha and other health boosters, for those always ahead of the lifestyle curve. From the brunch/lunch menu, we enjoyed the buddha bowl with falafel, beetroot hummus, purple cabbage slaw, avocado, pumpkin seeds, mustard leaves, pea sprouts and a naan flatbread. The blistered, Spanish style egg over wild rice, purple broccoli, kale, fresh chilli and spring onions is really quite addictive.
There is a reliable cocktail selection (Negronis, anyone?), a neat selection of 17 wines from all over Greece, and an array of bottles with cool logos such as India Pale Ale from Santorini, or Athenian pink grapefruit soda. Folk. is laid back, easy and hip. Check it out.