Taste Of Athens Food Tour On Our Own

If you want to get a taste of Athens, then create your own Athens Food Tour!  You won’t have to travel far to get a taste of everything Athens has to offer.  We didn’t have the time for an organized food tour this trip, so we decided to create our own and try things along the way.

If you want to get a taste of Athens, then create your own Athens Food Tour!  You won't have to travel far to get a taste of everything, here's a guide. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

Let’s just say, we didn’t have any trouble finding delicious food while we were visiting Athens, and we even have two vegans to account for.  Rather than an organized food tour, we just sampled food as we explored the city.  It helped that we looked up which dishes to try before we arrived, that way when we spotted them we stopped for a taste.

We recommend starting at Monastiraki Square and explore that general area and then make you way down Athinias Street to the Athens Central Market.  If you cover these two general areas on your own, you won’t be disappointed.  We’ve created a map and marked a few of the locations for you to explore.

Our self-created Athens Food Tour

Here are some foods to look for and to try.

Souvlaki

Skewers of meat are Souvlaki plural souvlakia, is a popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. Skewers of meat are Souvlaki plural souvlakia, is a popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. 

Falafel

Falafel is a deep-fried ball, or a flat or doughnut-shaped patty, made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Herbs, spices, and onion relatives are commonly added to the dough.  This is the falafel platter at Savvas near Monastiraki Square. Falafel is a deep-fried ball, or a flat or doughnut-shaped patty, made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Herbs, spices, and onion relatives are commonly added to the dough.

Gyros

A gyro or gyros is a Greek dish made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Like a doner kebab, shawarma, or tacos al pastor.  Then stuffed into pita bread and topped with veggies and yogurt sauce.  This is certainly a family favorite.  Now that the kids are vegan, they go for the falafel.gyro or gyros is a Greek dish made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Then stuffed into a pita bread and topped with veggies and yogurt sauce. 

Tzatziki

This is a wonderful sauce made from yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley, and thyme.  You can see it in the photos above as a topping on the dishes.

Dolmades

A great vegetarian appetizer made from tender vine leaves wrapped into little rolls and stuffed with rice and fresh herbs, with a touch of lemon.  Sometimes meat is also included in the stuffing.Dolmades - A great vegetarian appetizer made from tender vine leaves wrapped into little rolls and stuffed with rice and fresh herbs, with a touch of lemon.  Sometimes meat is also included in the stuffing.

Baklava

Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. Yum!baklava-with-pistachios

Galaktoboureko

This is a Greek dessert of semolina custard filled in filo and topped with honey or syrup. It’s also known as a milk pie.dessert, Greek Milk Pie

Feta Cheese

Feta is a brined curd white cheese made in Greece from sheep’s milk or from a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk. Feta is nice and crumbly cheese, perfect for topping a salad, having on bread, served with olives or even in pastries, like a spinach filo pie!Feta is nice and crumbly cheese, perfect for topping a salad, having on bread, served with olives or even in pastries, like a spniach filo pie!

Greek Kalamata Olives

The Kalamata olive is purple in color with a hearty texture.  It is named after the city of Kalamata in the southern Peloponnese, Greece.  These are most commonly used as table olives and are typically preserved in wine vinegar or olive oil.The Kalamata olive is purple in color with a hearty texture. 

Koulouri Bread

This is a ring-shaped bread topped with seeds, usually sesame seeds.  It looks like a bagel, but with the center hole very large.  It is also known well in Turkey and has been referred to as a Turkish Bagel as well.  This is wonderful paired with the olives and feta!

Loukoumades

A fried dough delight, drenched in golden honey.  These are little balls of fried dough, similar to a donut hole.  Then topped with sweet and sticky honey.
Check out this recipe from My Greek Dish and it is their photo below.Photo credit to my greek dish. Loukoumades recipe (Greek Donuts with Honey and Walnuts)

Spice street in Athens- Evripidou

As soon as you near this street the aroma and smells lure you in further.  We had a great time roaming around this area.  There were plenty of treats to be found and even a shop dedicated to selling just flour!  Read more on the full guide to Evripidou Street (the spice street) here.Spice street Athens Evripidou Street (Spices)

 Candies on Evripidou Street Flour anyone? As soon as you near this street the aroma and smells lure you in further.  We had a great time roaming around this area and even found a shop dedicated to selling just flour! Evripidou Street

Greek Desserts & Greek Pastries

There are bakeries absolutely everywhere!  If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place to be for sure.  We loved the presentation, prices, and tastes from a place at our main metro stop at Monastiraki square, named Beneth.  Beneth is a chain of bakeries in Athens and the quality and value for money is great, but the sights and smells when you walk in are to die for!  This was a frequent stop.

Delicious Greek desserts and Greek pastries from Beneth Bakery in Athens Monastiraki Square

Coming soon our guide to Athens with Teens!

 

Organized Athens Food Tour

If you aren’t up for creating your own food tour and prefer something a bit more organized, then choose from one of these below.  We usually like a food tour, as we learn a bit of history and more about the culture and traditions.


Tell us about the food you like when you travel.  Do you like Greek food or Greek pastries?

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2 thoughts on “Taste Of Athens Food Tour On Our Own

  1. Everything looks SOOOO good Heidi. We got a taste of Athens during our month long house sit in Nicosia, Cyprus, a few years ago. We basically had Greek every day because Cyprus is like a tiny Greece. Cuisine is amazing; healthy, rich, filling. Perfect combo. You can eat a bit, feel full, amazing fare, and it does not add inches to your waist line.

    • Oh that sounds great Ryan. Are you guys still doing the long-term housesits? That’s something we are thinking of once both kids are in University, just a few more years. 🙂

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