The Delicious Athens Food Tour

Taste your way through the original foodie capital!

Duration

3.5 hours

When

Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m

Languages

english

Price

€50per person

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Olive oil, sweets, Greek ‘meze’, wines and much more - Greece is food heaven! Greeks love eating with a Mediterranean passion that means food is always on our minds. Find out why as we take you on an eating adventure to discover real Greek cooking in the city’s tastiest neighborhoods.

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Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the world of Greek food. The smells and the range of products in specialty food shops and the bustle of open-air markets will all make your taste buds sing!
  • Sample unique local delicacies, from small-batch olive oils and baklava to souvlaki and bougatsa (cream-filled phyllo pastry).
  • Find out more about the Mediterranean diet, what it really consists of and why it’s so good for you.
  • Do all this on the top-rated Athens Food Tour on TripAdvisor, with more mentions in international media (CNN, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and Le Monde) than any other tour.

What you can expect

The Delicious Athens Food Tour lets you discover a different side of the city by joining the Greeks in what is probably their favorite activity: eating! With so much on offer in a city that never stops cooking up great things, you’ll quickly come to feel the same way yourself, taking the experience one delicious bite at a time.

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, honeys, wines, 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 and a store that sells products made from the resin of the mastic tree. 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 little taverna that specializes in traditional Greek dishes. Here, you’ll be able to try four different classic appetizers. When they finally clear the plates away here, our mission will be accomplished – you’ll leave with a full and happy stomach and a much better understanding of the world of Greek food.

Practical info

Duration
3.5 hours
Walking pace
Easy
Languages
english
When
Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m
Group size
12 persons

Good to know

  • Have a light breakfast, as there will be plenty to eat!
  • For most people, the food consumed equals a hearty lunch.
  • 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.

Prices

  • Adult: 50 €
  • Children 6-11: 25 €
  • Children 12-18: 40 €
  • Children under 6: Free

What's included

  • All tastings and all food/drink arranged as part of the tour
  • English/French-speaking guide

Not included

  • Food or drinks that you get on your own

Notes

  • 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, December 25th & 26th, March 25th, May 1st, October 28th.

"We sampled food and drinks from about 10 different places within an easy walking distance from the central square. Everything we tried was amazing!"

Justin G

"Tania showed us to a variety of local gems around the city that we would have never found otherwise. It's a great way not only to learn about the local cuisine, but to get to know the different districts and discover where the locals hang out."

Helen A

"Our guide was excellent. He not only took us to try some great food, but showed us parts of Athens that we could not have found ourselves. I would recommend this tour to others."

Paul M

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"This tour was excellent! A three hour walk through the most interesting districts of Athens looking at the latest street art. Our guide Nikos was superb - well informed, engaged, and super friendly."

Costi S

"It was as if we were shown around by a resident who knew everything about the city, its architecture, people and history rather than a tour guide."

Jim H

"We had Alexandra as our tour guide and she was fantastic! She made the myths and legends so interesting and was very informative. She kept it entertaining, historical and relevant to all the places we visited"

Emily F