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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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We offer all our tours as private and are happy to customize them for you!

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.

"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

"Your food tour was one of the best we have been on and we have been on at least a dozen in Europe and the States. We will talk fondly about this tour in the future and it will be the standard of excellence that we will compare other food tours to."

Janholis – Italy

"This tour is not only about the food, it also highlights the history and culture of the Athenians, it’s a great way to enjoy Athens and to learn about the country.  We had a lovely time, couldn't have found these locations even through a map without getting lost. Tania was very helpful as our guide and we are thankful."

rajiv517- Sri Lanka

"This tour was one of the highlights of our amazing Greek vacation. Highly recommend this tour and would suggest doing it at the beginning of your trip. Amazing!!!"

gblody2010- Winsconsin

"Great tour, great food! Our guide Laura showed us the best places where you can find traditional Greek food. At every stop she told us about the history of the food and everything we ate was delicious! Thank you!"

Mart M, TripAdvisor

"Alternative Athens does it right! There is no better way to get a feel and taste of authentic Athens than accompanying Zoe on a delightful tour of off-the-beaten path food delights. We discovered amazing side streets while learning about the history, fine art and traditions of wonderful treats. This was an amazing way to begin our Athens adventure. Zoe brought the heart and soul of Athens to a never to be forgotten culinary stroll."

Cathi A - USA, TripAdvisor

"Great tour! I booked it at the last minute and I’m so happy that happened. Tania was outstanding and I learned so much about Greek food and culture. All of the places visited were great and overall it was a fantastic experience. I highly recommend it."

Thehammer1 - USA, TripAdvisor

"Highly recommended - it will make your visit to Athens! We had a fabulous half day with Ilias trying lots of delicious Greek food. We were stuffed at the end of it! Ilias was really knowledgeable about both the food and the history of Athens and was also really lovely. All the food stops were great and we went back to some of them after the tour. We also got lots of good tips on places to visit after the tour from Ilias."

187069Amy - UK, TripAdvisor

"The walking food tour was definitely my highlight while in Athens for a food lover like me. Andreas was very cultivated and eager to guide us on not only about the food but about the rich culture of Athens. He guided us to all the foods I desired to try in Athens! My stomach was truly overwhelmed and pleasantly satisfied after this tour and I’d recommend anyone travelling to Athens to give this tour a go because food and culture is such an important aspect of learning about Greece."

hashikadharm - Australia, TripAdvisor

"Outstanding! Laura was an excellent tour guide. She gave us so much information about the food and about different places in Athens and the history. We got to sample sweet and savory Greek food along with a cup of Greek coffee, everything was wonderful. Then she sent an email to give us the names of the food we tasted and the addresses of the locations so we can find them again, along with some recipes. I highly recommend this tour and Laura as a tour guide."

dhelser2018 - USA, TripAdvisor

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Testimonials

"For anyone interested in contemporary Athens, I highly recommend Alternative Athens tours. Our guide, Ilias, was amazing. This tour covers several diverse neighborhoods, from affluent to working class. We learned an incredible amount in that four hours, and for most visitors, there would be no other way to get this kind of local knowledge."

Alfred K, Champaign, United States- TripAdvisor

"Wonderful day with top guide Vassia. Incredible lunch at a local restaurant. Mycenae was amazing too with great guide Jenny showing us around. Luxury air-con transport with the best driver. Worth every cent we paid"

Craig P., New Zealand

"This tour is an excellent opportunity to see and learn about a different Greece than the one in most tourist books. Highly recommend."

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