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Food Lover's Guide to Athens

Food Lover's Guide to Athens

Featuring seasonal vegetables, grilled meats, and delicious cheeses, Greek cuisine has something for everyone. Whether you prefer fine dining or grabbing a bite to go, your culinary experience in Athens will not disappoint. Here’s what not to miss.

Must-Try Dishes

Almost any meal in Athens is likely to include aGreek salad, made of tomatoes, cucumbers, Greek olives, and shallots, dressed with Greek olive oil and topped with a slab of feta cheese. Another popular staple istzatziki, a Greek yogurt with cucumber and garlic, and is used as a dip for meat, vegetables, or bread, or even eaten alone with a spoon. 

Many Greek dishes may seem familiar as versions can be found around the Mediterranean. For example, the Greek version ofmoussakais a baked dish made of layers of eggplant, ground beef, pureed tomato, onion, garlic, and spices, and topped with melted cheese. 

Dolmadakia, ordolmades, are grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, herbs, and sometimes ground beef as well. If you’re in a hurry, skewers of chicken, beef, or lamb known assouvlakiare a popular street food to grab on the go, as arespanakopita—phyllo dough stuffed with spinach and feta cheese.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Enjoy a traditional Greek dinner in a popular Athens tavern.

  • Join a cooking class to learn about the staples of Greek cuisine and try your hand at preparing popular dishes yourself.

  • Take a walking culinary tour to several bakeries and restaurants, and visit a market to sample traditional ingredients like honey, olives, and olive oil.

  • Sample a variety of Greek appetizers and enjoy traditional Greek music at a lively bouzouki bar.

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Dinner in the Sky AthensDining Experiences

Dinner in the Sky Athens

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Eat dinner in a revolving restaurant suspended in the sky during this thrilling experience in Athens. From a bird's eye view at 165 feet (50 meters) in the air, get views of the city of Athens lit up at night, including the illuminated Acropolis, as the table slowly rotates. With 22 dining companions, feast on a 6-course meal of modern and traditional Greek dishes with unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks. Choose between Sunset Dinner or City Lights Dinner.
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Private tour to Cape Sounio with exquisite meal at VouliagmeniDay Trips

Private tour to Cape Sounio with exquisite meal at Vouliagmeni

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Marvel at the evocative ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, then dine on delicious Greek cuisine on this private half-day tour of Cape Sounion from Athens—a Viator Exclusive that you can’t book anywhere else! Admire views along the Attica Riviera as you travel out to Cape Sounion, then stand in awe before the cliff-top ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, which dates back to 444 BC. Finish your tour with an indulgent 3-course lunch or dinner (depending on the option chosen) at the romantic Ithaki restaurant, with stunning views over Vouliagmeni Bay.
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Greek Small-Group Athens Cooking Class & DinnerCooking Classes

Greek Small-Group Athens Cooking Class & Dinner

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Learn the secrets behind your favorite Greek dishes during this hands-on cooking class in Athens. Led by an expert instructor, step inside a traditional tavern, sip on a glass of raki and try your hand at four starters and one main course, using fresh, local ingredients. Then sit down to savor the fruits of your labor with your fellow chefs. Numbers are limited to 16 to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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Athens Twilight Small-Group Tour with Drinks and Meze DishesHalf-day Tours

Athens Twilight Small-Group Tour with Drinks and Meze Dishes

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Experience Athens’ illuminated sights and nightlife on a small-group tour. With a local guide, witness the Greek capital at its after-dark best and learn how Athenians relax, eat, drink, and party. Soak up the floodlit landmarks, discover the lively nighttime districts, hear urban myths, and visit three bars to sample local spirits and mouthwatering ‘meze’ appetizers. End at an uptempo music spot, enjoying foot-stomping Greek ‘bouzouki’ guitar folk music.
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Small Group, Delicious Athens Food TourHalf-day Tours

Small Group, Delicious Athens Food Tour

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Appease your appetite for traditional Greek food during this half-day small-group culinary tour in Athens. Follow your guide to 10 carefully curated specialty food shops, located off the beaten path in residential neighborhoods, to taste Athenian delicacies such as honey, spices, sweets, cured meat, cheese and olive oil. Finish your tour with a taste of the much-celebrated Greek souvlaki. This tour is limited to 12 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere; all tastings are included.
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Greek Cooking Class in Athens Including Rooftop Dinner with Acropolis ViewDining Experiences

Greek Cooking Class in Athens Including Rooftop Dinner with Acropolis View

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Be taught how to make real Greek food and enjoy dinner with a view on this 3.5-hour cooking class in Athens. Head to a much-loved bakery in vibrant Monastiraki and learn how to make traditional Greek dishes, from tzatziki to spinach pie, with hands-on guidance from an experienced chef. Then, when the food is ready, head up to the roof to enjoy the fruits of your labor while you take in unbeatable views of the Acropolis of Athens, the UNESCO-listed jewel in Athens’ crown. This small-group tour is limited to just eight participants.
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Withlocals Connect - Athens Favorite Food & Flavour WalkWalking Tours

Withlocals Connect - Athens Favorite Food & Flavour Walk

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Discover the delights of authentic Greek cuisine with a private, three-hour food tour of Athens. Let a professional food journalist guide show you how real Athenians eat as you visit a traditional market, mouthwatering bakeries, and a cafe near the Acropolis for tastings of the best local products. Learn about typical ingredients found in Greek cooking, and get tips on the best places to drink and dine while in town.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Athens Small Group Food Tasting TourHalf-day Tours

Lonely Planet Experiences: Athens Small Group Food Tasting Tour

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Let your taste buds do the exploring on this small-group tour focusing on the best of Greek cuisine. Led by a local guide, you’ll set out on foot to sample such classics as creamy feta, rich olives and olive oil, and sesame seed-crusted ‘koulouri’ (bread). Wash it all down with a glass of strong, licorice-flavored ouzo. Your guide will even take you to a local delicatessen, where the owner will divulge the secrets to Athens' best eats. A small group limited to 12 people or less ensures a more intimate, personalized experience.
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Traditional Dinner in a Greek TavernDining Experiences

Traditional Dinner in a Greek Tavern

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Immerse yourself in the flavors of traditional Greek cuisine with a 3-hour dining experience at a classic Athens restaurant. Enjoy the convenience of hotel and port transfer, so you can focus on the food, from familiar dishes like souvlaki or kebab to traditional sauces and sides. Learn to eat like a local as you relax over three generous courses of Greek and Arabic cuisine at a fun venue that feels like stepping back in time.
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Tastes of Thessaloniki: Small Group Food TourHalf-day Tours

Tastes of Thessaloniki: Small Group Food Tour

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Eat your way around Thessaloniki with this 3.5-hour food walking tour. Snack on Greek meze dishes, fresh bread, local liquors and syrupy sweet treats as you explore the port city’s bustling markets. With a local to guide you, you’ll visit Modiano and Kapani markets, whose stalls are overflowing with fresh fish and meat, baked goods, aromatic coffee and a colorful array of fruit and vegetables. Then, stop in at a traditional taverna and savor a meze platter before concluding at one of Thessaloniki’s old candy shops. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.
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