WHY: Taste real Greek food while walking around modern and Ancient Athens
IDEAL VISITING TIME: Anytime
WALKING PACE: Normal
DISTANCE: 2 km
DURATION: 3,5 hours
ENTRANCE FEE: 0€ per person
TOUR PRICE (from): from 65€ per person, special price for kids up to 11
The Greek culinary tradition
Sitting for thousands of years at the crossroads between Mystical Orient and the Western World, right on the shores of the Mediterranean, Greece has a very rich and varied culinary tradition, thanks to its unique blend of influences, ranging from the spices of the Silk Road to the richness of extra virgin olive oil, Italian finesse and Turkish delights…
A different taste of Athens
In this walking tour you will have a chance to discover a different Athens: You will join the Athenians in their everyday life – where food IS king – and you will experience a tasty slice of true modern Greek culture and delicious eating habits.
Our culinary journey will take us to carefully selected specialty food stores, where we will taste some of the finest olive oil, cheese and honey available and local delicacies .
Your English-speaking guide will meet you and take you for that essential eye-opener, Greek coffee, at one of the landmark coffee houses of the city. You’ll get an explanation of the role of food in Greek life, and of the eating habits of Athenians in particular. Next, it’s a treat from the street, as you sample a koulouri, one of the all-time classic snacks on the go, before you duck into a carefully selected specialty food store that prides itself on its wide selection of Greek products. Here, you’ll be able to taste different olive oils, oils, spreads and other surprises, but remember to pace yourself – there are seven more food stops to follow!
This is your chance to be food-adventurous – among the upcoming stops is a baklava bakery with a long history and some of the best syropy sweets in Greece. Then, it’s time for authentic souvlaki and fried potatoes at a popular grill spot before heading into the traditional “belly of the city”, the bustling Varvakios Market, the biggest and most popular fish, meat and vegetable market in the whole of Athens. This is where the locals come to shop for their everyday needs as well as for their Easter lamb or Christmas turkey. The market is boisterously lively, and the butchers and fishmongers that work here compete with one another for the attention of the passing shoppers, using humor, hyperbole and hand gestures. At the stalls, you’ll see plenty of familiar foods, but you’ll find lots of surprises as well, particularly in the central fish hall, where the catch of the day is often some unusual deep-water denizen.
As we continue our walk, we’ll take the city’s Spice Street and drop in at a shop with an incredible variety of local condiments and herbs such as Greek oregano and Krokos Kozanis, otherwise known as Greek Red Saffron. Find out how these items and others are used in Greek cooking (as well as other culinary secrets the locals have to offer) while you browse the shelves for exotic cooking ingredients. We’ll also stop by a local pastry shop for a serious sugar rush as we tuck into a bougatsa (a traditionalcream-filled phyllo treat).
The last stop on the tour is for a selection of scrumptious Greek meze (like tapas, only better) at a charming deli. Here, you’ll be able to try classic appetizers, variety of cheese and cured meats.
Good to know
- Have a light breakfast, as there will be plenty to eat!
- It’s ideal all year round, rain or shine.
- The tour is perfect for families, as children will be very involved in the tastings, keeping them interested throughout the tour.
- All food & drink tastings arranged as part of the tour
- English – speaking guide
- Any extra food or drinks
- If you suffer from any food allergies or have special dietary requirements, you are kindly requested to contact us in advance before booking this tour.
- The meeting point of this tour is Syntagma Square. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.
- This tour does not operate on January 1st, 2nd & 6th, March 25th, May 1st, 15th August, October 28th, December 25th & 26th, Easter Sunday and Monday.