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About Christopher’s Cake Shop

Christopher’s Cake Shop is one of Australia’s oldest cake shops that has been in operation since 1955.

You can find Christopher’s across 10 locations in Sydney serving a variety of handcrafted cakes, pastries & Greek inspired desserts.

A brief timeline on key moments in Christopher’s Cake Shop history

1955 – Chris Koumi opens the Athens Cake Shop at 409 Bourke Street Surry Hills. The first Greek Cake shop in Sydney, if not Australia.

1962 – At the age of eleven, Andrea Vasiliou migrates to Australia and meets her father for the first time.

1963 – Christopher Panayi, aged twelve, leaves school to support his family, moving from the village of Kambi to the City of Lefkosia, Cyprus. After working a number of odd jobs he finally ends up in Ariston Cake shop.

1972 – Andrea Vasilou makes a trip back to her birth place in Cyprus. Whilst purchasing some sweets at Ariston Cake Shop, she was spoted by young Christopher who offered to buy the beautiful girl from Australia an ice-cream, she accepted. Three months later, they were engaged. Christopher and his new bride moved to Australia to begin a new life. On arriving in Sydney Christopher started as a pastry chef at Athens Cake shop.

1976 – With partner Fano Papcharalambous, Christopher buys the Athens Cake Shop from Chris Koumi.

1987 – After separating from partner Fano, Christopher keeps the Surry Hills store and begins trading as Athenaiko Cake Shop.

1990 – Christopher is joined in the shop first by his eldest son, Peter, followed by Kyriakos in 1991 and finally youngest son, Anthony, in 1998.

2000 – Christopher Panayi and sons open a second store Christopher’s Athenaiko Cake Shop in Mascot.

2001 – ‘Athenaiko’ was dropped from the name and the store is now known as Christophers Cake Shop.

2005 – Christophers Cake Shop celebrates 50 Years and a piece from a marble bench where Christopher crafted his art was saved and engraved to celebrate the occasion.

2006 – A third store opens at the Kogarah Town Centre.

2014 – New stores open at Miranda and  Royal Randwick Shopping Centre.

2015 – Christopher’s Cake Shop celebrates 60 years.

2016 – New store opens at Hurstville.

2018 – New stores open at Kirrawee, Ashfield & Eastgardens.

2019 – New store opens at Blacktown.