No Peligoni holiday is complete without a raucous night spent at Sofia’s, the glorious bar of bold and beautiful artworks made by Sofia herself. Located upon the coastal road between The Peligoni Club and the nearby port of Agios Nikolaos, Sofia’s is a long time favourite with our guests and its remarkable owner certainly knows how to throw a party. With our next summer season on the horizon, we caught up with the incredible lady herself to find out the story behind her beloved cafe, the art scene in Greece and things to look forward to…
HOW DID SOFIA’S COME TO LIFE?
I was born in the north of the island, but I was away for many years, studying art in Paris and then I had my art studio in Kolonaki in Athens. However, I always returned to my family home in Ano Volimes , mainly for the unrivalled summers in Zakynthos.
Then twenty years ago on one of my visits, I came with some friends to the place where the bar is now and I immediately fell in love with this spot.The view was beautiful, and the calm magical energy was just perfect to create summer spot of my dreams. I was looking for somewhere to fill with all of my artwork and my personality; a homely space for me and my children but also for visitors to enjoy a unique and relaxing space to have a drink.
So we started building and two years later it came to life with my art, garden, and music all in place – just as I imagined it! Since then, my three children and I spend our summers here, full of joy and good vibes along with all our wonderful guests.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT EVERYONE MUST TRY WHEN THEY COME TO SOFIA’S?
There are many things, but our famous cocktails (like the frozen mojito) or an ice cream with hot chocolate sauce for our younger guests in the afternoon in our garden, I think they are at the top of the list!! This summer I am proud to announce that my younger son who has trained as a cocktail barman is preparing a new cocktail list for our guests…
WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING?
An unforgettable evening must always has a good vibes, beautiful music, well made drinks and people who are looking for a good time!
CAN PEOPLE BUY YOUR ARTWORKS IN THE CAFE?
They can buy most of them, except for a few which belong in my personal collection.
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE CREATIVE SCENE IN GREECE?
We have lots of creative artists in Greece with very interesting artwork. Also in recent years, galleries have started to be more open to new ideas. The economic crisis of had badly effected the art market but I am watching a new generation of the artists arise and I totally admire their spirit. So I think there is definitely a future for art in this country!
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE PARTY THAT PELIGONI GUESTS HAVE EVER HAD AT SOFIA’S?
The most memorable party? There is definitely more than one! We have had a lot of memorable parties with Peligoni guests and I think most of them were all memorable for different reasons. I think our full moon parties when the place is full of people inside and outside, dancing all over the place until the dawn deserve a mention.
IF YOU COULD OPEN ANOTHER ART CAFE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
I have not found the right place yet…
WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO DO WHEN YOU ARE AT THE CAFE?
When I am by myself I love to listen to one of my favourite operas and take care of my garden. When I have guests I love taking care of them and make sure they are having a good time!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE GREEK SUMMER?
I have travelled in many places but the summers in Greece are magic! Days and nights are all so unique. The sea and the landscapes, the sun and the moon…I can not describe the beauty in words….Summer in Greece is an unforgettable experience.