The Delicious Athens Food Tour

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Taste your way through the original foodie capital!

Duration

3.5 hours

When

Mon-Sat 10:00am

Languages

english, french

Price

€50per person

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Olive oil, sweets, Greek ‘meze’, wines, Greek street food 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 this award-winning Athens Food Tour 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, 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. 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, french
When
Mon-Sat 10:00am
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

  • Adults: 50 €
  • Children under 6: Free
  • Children 6-11: 25 €
  • Children 12-17: 40 €

What's included

  • All food & drink tastings arranged as part of the tour
  • English - speaking guide

Not included

  • Any extra food or drinks

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, March 25th, May 1st, October 28th, December 25th & 26th, Easter Sunday and Monday.
Testimonials:

"A great introduction to the myriad of Athenian fare. Our small group was treated to a special experience walking the backstreets into bakeries, markets olive oil, souvlaki outlets and hidden cafes. Great way to start your Athens experience."

RMM07

"This was the most enjoyable tour we did in Athens and this was all down to our guide. She was so friendly and gave information not only about the food but also the history of Athens. The food we sampled was delicious. There was so much food that we had a doggie bag that we filled as we went around."

Princess001

"We sampled a delightful array of really good quality food. It was also good to learn about the different neighbourhoods in Athens by our tour guide. We were recommended this tour by family members and definitely will be recommending it to others."

Vicki835

"This tour takes you through all areas of Athens, and shows you some of the best stops for authentic Greek food. I would happily recommend this tour to anyone who wants a foodie introduction to this wonderful city, you won't regret booking with Alternative Athens."

99ashleighc

"We loved all of the food we tried with our guide. We were only in Athens for one day on a cruise and still had time to explore Athens some more after the tour. We had a great time!"

Celena S

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