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Pavlidis Chocolate Factory

The Pavlidis chocolate factory on Pireos Street with the characteristic packaging of its historical product.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    The business had already begun operation during the Ottoman period, but it was transferred here at the end of the 19th-century.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The Pavlidis factory is the only remaining factory which operates in the city centre and is housed in a 19th-century building with modern additions. The old buildings are from the first industrial period (around 1890) with classicist elements (e.g. simple building mass, accented pillars, arched endings of openings, simple Doric lines, crowning with statues).

What I can't see

This place housed the – by now more than a century old – family-run chocolate business of Spyridon Pavlidis. Although it has been bought in recent decades by an international investment group, potentially influencing the chocolate’s quality, the Pavlidis chocolate business is still famous for its dark chocolate, wrapped in an equally old and timeless blue wrapper, depicting the Acropolis as well as medals which the company has been winning since even the very first years of operation.


  • Address: 135 Pireos St.


Unsigned, (2011), Σοκολάτα Υγείας Παυλίδη, 150 χρόνια απόλαυσης, [Pavlidis Dark Chocolate, 150 years of pleasure], inVimaOnline,

Last visit: 15/9/2015


Archive of traditional settlements and listed buildings, (d.u.), Παυλίδη Βιομηχανικό Συγκρότημα, [Pavlidis Industrial Complex], Ministry of Environment,

Last visit 15/9/2015


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Field observation by scientific editors