“Angelos”, a restaurant in the Haidari area of Athens, accepts bitcoin for souvlaki, bifteki and other traditional Greek food.

 The owner of the restaurant, Nikos Houtas introduced bitcoin payments via BitPay as early as 2012 and received a lot of publicity this year amid the economic crisis. 

“It all started in 2012 when I heard about the bitcoin from a friend of mine in America. At that time , the platform was at a very early stage in Greece,” he said. 

He made a decision to offer a 20% discount to customers who use digital currency. Houtas revealed to the Greek media that the locals had not been interested in the offer but it increased the flow of foreign visitors. 

“There are many people who visit any country looking for stores that accept digital currency. This is how we started to have clients from all over the world,” he said. 

Alyson Margaret, Outreach & Communications Manager at Blockchain, visited the restaurant on July 10 and wrote about the place on twitter. 

Although the majority of the customers who paid in bitcoin were from the U.S., Canada, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, Greeks started to show interest as well and to ask about bitcoin.

CoinFox wrote earlier about bitcoin enthusiasts who used the demonstrations in Athens to spread the leaflets on bitcoins. Two bitcoin ATMs were installed in Athens for the first time. A bitcoin exchange bitcoin.de cancelled charges for Greek customers to attract new clients. At the same time, while Greece is suffering a deep debt crisis, bitcoin millionaires are encouraged to buy real estate on the spectacular Greek seaside.


Aliona Chapel