THE CYCLADIC CAFE
The rich light and dense vegetation in the Café’s entrance create the wonderful sense of a garden situated within the city. The evocative floating façade-sculpture by Stelios Kois, a trademark of the new Cycladic Café, generates a subtle interplay of light and shadow, while the lighting design by Eleftheria Deko complements the natural sunlight that floods the entrance’s space during the day.
The proposed façade is designed to provide shade and privacy in the desired location, act as a thematic scheme for the museum and constitutes a pause to the visual ambiguity of the aggregation of buildings that comprise the street facade. For breakfast, brunch, café or lunch.
We inform the customers of Cycladic Café that from Friday 16-7-2021 and in accordance with the new measures to deal with the distribution of Covid 19:
• The entry into the cafe area will be allowed only to those who have and demonstrate green pass or vaccination certificate by the public authorities of the countries they come from or a certificate of recovery from covid-19
• Identity will be checked by proving identity or passport or driving certificate
• Admission to minors is allowed only with the self-test
A combination of Cycladic flavours and scents, natural products and virgin ingredients.
Sandwiches with freshly baked breads (emmer wheat, multigrain, whole wheat, and others), a collection of specially selected Cycladic cheeses and fresh natural products are perfect for a healthy snack.
Poached free-range eggs served on a crunchy tart of Naxos’ potatoes and tender, steamed spinach, delicious omelettes and a variety of beverages are ideal for a complete breakfast or brunch at the Museum.
The choices for a light meal begin with the vegetable soup of the day. Amongst many appetizers, we suggest the exceptional thinly sliced Aegean sea bass, marinated with sea salt, lime, orange juice and herbs, served with Santorini’s caper and ginger spices.
The Greek salad with Lemnos’ traditional white brined cheese (kalathaki) and Greek rusk (paximadi) marinated with green olive oil stands out, while the green salad with honeyed roasted pumpkin, dried figs, raisin, grilled halloumi and balsamic molasses sauce is remarkably refreshing.
Our choices of hot meals are enriched regularly with additional “dishes of the day”. The Cycladic Café trademark-dish is the grilled cod fillet, with sauce of extra virgin olive oil, lemon and scented herbs, served with vegetable mash and bulgur salad.
Veal souvlaki with Naxos’ fried potatoes and yogurt with thinly sliced cucumber is an excellent choice. Also, don’t forget to try the traditional handmade pasta topped with homemade sauce by August tomatoes, virgin olive oil and basil, and freshly trimmed San Michalis cheese from Syros.
A list of Greek wines from local small-scale producers and a fine selection of wines by-the-glass are available to satisfy and accompany every taste and flavor.
The gastronomic experience reaches its climax with a variety of delicious deserts by the pastry chef of Cycladic Café.
The menu is created and directed by Begnis Catering.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10.00-17.00
T. 2107228321 (ext. 129)
• Free WiFi
• Free entrance at Cycladic Café
• Friends of the Museum get a 10% discount (a Friends’ card can offer the discount to up to 4 people)
The new Cycladic Café was designed by the award-winning architectural practice Kois Associated Architects, which drew its inspiration for this particular project by the Museum’s collection of Cycladic Art.
Parallel marble benches stand alongside plants that reach up to the ceiling of Aethrio – a project researched and directed by doxiadis+ (Aggeliki Mathiioudaki, Architect, Landscape Architect).
We envisaged the museum façade to float above the street in order to create a clear and unmistakable entry point, to draw people from outside, to provide shade, shelter and an urban meeting point. The proposed façade creates a new entrance and connects the atrium that is flooded with light during the day with the street.
The atrium with the café and the nearby shop becomes the destination of the route, an oasis of light and vegetation in the interior of a building block. This inner open space building provides for ‘stasis’ in a state of constant urban kinesis.
The façade is open during the museum opening hours letting the interior to act as an extension of the street, and closed when the museum is closing. This periodical movement not only becomes an architectonic event introducing different degrees of access and permeability, but also becomes an urban event.
Flooded with light, filtered by the elegant thickness of the linear shading element, the space acquires an almost ethereal quality.
Clean, crisp, fresh descried in a Doric way. We wanted the space to be a vessel for repose and contemplation were the design elements blend with nature and light and become the backdrop of the human activity.
We believe that the space provides for a more serene and calmactivity.
Cycladic Cafe is available for corporate events, such as small cocktails and business dinners.The museum staff helps in the planning of the events and can arrange guided tours to the collections and the temporary exhibitions of the museum.
CYCLADIC CAFE ART PROJECT
As part of the Contemporary Art Program, the Museum of Cycladic Art presents the Cycladic Café Art Project connecting social spaces with art. Aiming to embrace both the greek and the international contemporary art scene, the Museum presents works by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists, which relate to current Museum exhibitions and activities. The Cycladic Café Art Project stimulates an intimate dialogue bringing art closer to everyday life.
Aphrodite Gonou & Atalanti Martinou
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