Athens Food Tour
Discover the unique blend of flavours and aromas found in traditional Greek products in the neighbourhoods of downtown Athens.
This guided tour is truly one-of-a-kind, giving locals and tourists the chance to experience the authentic flavours of Greek ingredients, products and recipes. Licensed tour guide Despoina Savvidou has designed two different tours based on her own personal experiences – the Athens Walking Tour and the food-focused Athens Food Tour.
For the Athens Food Tour, the 10-person group meets at 9.30 am at the intersection of Korai and Stadiou streets, in front of Zara. The guide begins by providing an overview of Greek eating habits, and then the real fun begins. This tour gives everyone the chance to get to know Athens and its downtown neighbourhoods through its authentic local fare. Greeks also enjoy the tour, as it gives them a chance to rediscover forgotten flavours and cosy corners of the city centre.
The walk continues to the Krinos pastry shop at 87, Aiolou Street, where the group enjoys the most delicious donuts in Athens, served with plenty of honey and cinnamon.
Then it’s time for the Varvakeios Market, which is the central meat and fish market of the city, where fresh lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, pork, as well as mullet, bream, cod, scorpion fish, redfish, bass, octopus, squid, shrimp, sardines, anchovies oysters, crabs and many more are sold at excellent prices.
Just across from the fish market is the dry nuts market, where you can purchase halva with almonds, pasteli with sesame and honey, plus a full variety of raisins and olives.
Then, it’s on to the produce market, where the selection is truly impressive: lettuce, spring onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, oranges, apples, bananas, mandarin oranges, pomegranates, pears and much more – all perfectly ripe and ready to eat!
The next stop is Psyri, one of the most scenic Athenian neighbourhoods, which is filled with ouzo bars and taverns.
What makes the Athens Food Tour so popular?
This tour lets participants get to know the real Athens, where immigrants and Greeks work side-by-side to make world-class products. Participants not only discover the daily eating habits of Greeks and try unfamiliar flavours, but also join in with the locals as they communicate with them through food. This is what makes them travellers, and not just tourists!
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