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The Best Food Tour in Athens

I’ve been dreaming about visiting Greece ever since the movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The people, landscape, and of course food, all looked so amazing. While in Athens for three days we knew a Food Tour of the city was a must to really see what Greek cuisine was all about. Before we arrived I thought Greek food was mostly souvlaki, pitas, and salad. On this trip, we discovered so much more and tried some of the most delicious food I’ve ever had.

To make this happen we signed up for an Athens food tour with the company A Gem Called Athens, guaranteeing us a unique look at the city’s varied cuisine.



Combo Platter of Meats, Cheese, Bread, Olives, and Tabbloueh

The Mezedakia Dinner

We met with Marleen for our Mezedakia food tour in Monastiraki Square. This is one of the most popular squares in Athens full of nightlife, shops, and restaurants. It was the perfect place to met and get a feel of the city.

We started off walking to an upcoming area in Athens that is very artsy and cultural. After about a 10-minute walk we stopped at our first destination in the Psiri district. The restaurant’s name is Miran, which is actually a local meat shop. Our table started with a delicious platter of different meats, cheeses, bread, dolmades, and tabbouleh. I particularly enjoyed the wrapped vine leaves stuffed with rice and fresh herbs. I had them about five others times throughout my Greek trip I loved them so much!

We also shared a traditional Greek drink and chatted about Athens’ history before heading on to the next destination. Marleen gave us lots of tips on where to explore in Athens and what to see. The second stop for the evening was at a restaurant called Cabezon in the area Kerameikos. It had a beautiful outdoor eating area decorated with fairy lights and walls covered with ivy. We could tell this was a good place to eat and drink due to the busy crowd.

Eating here was a great experience because it was away from the main area of the city with more locals than tourists. We enjoyed a lot of traditional Greek for here like an olive, tomato, cucumber and feta salad, Greek meatballs and delicious Greek cheese balls. Marleen recommended a lovely rose wine to go with our food that came from the islands of Greece and a traditional Greek beer for Ryan. Definitely would come straight back to this place!

Rose Wine and Local Beer

Sautéed Mushrooms

Cabezon Restaurant

Greek Salad

Food Tour

After enjoying good food, drink and conversation we headed off to our next destination. We started to walk back to one of the main squares of Athens, close to the Acropolis and museums. We noticed the city lights up as everyone starts to come out to enjoy the nightlife. Marleen found a small but busy bar for our last stop. We ordered a white wine and beer, french fries, sautéed mushrooms, and a dish full of vegetables which is translated to something like “whatever is left in the kitchen.” They were again amazing and very filling. The live Greek music and atmosphere here were fantastic making us really feel like a local. It was the perfect bar to end the night and soak in what Athens is really like. 



Fries with Sautéed Eggplant

Cheers!

Sautéed Vegetables in Tomato Sauce

Live Evening Bar

We had an awesome time on this tour with A Gem Called Athens making it one of our favourites on our trip so far. This tour is perfect if you enjoy food and sights. It gives you a great opportunity to embrace the culture and eat at restaurants that you might miss otherwise.

What do you think of Greek cuisine?

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8 Comments

  • Sarah December 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Everything looks delicious! Loved reading your post and feeling like I was there. Now my mouth is watering! I love your photos, they really capture the essence of the places you visited. I like your blog a lot.

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  • Emily December 11, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Everything looks delicious! Hope to visit Greece myself one day 🙂

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    • My One Big Planet December 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Oh definitely do it- there’s so many amazing parts to this country!

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  • Crysta December 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I love Greek food!! (Except for olives because I’m allergic, but the oil is good.) This post made me hungry. 🙂

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    • My One Big Planet December 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Greek is the best- I don’t eat olives so I’m on the same page as you! 🙂

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  • Babette Brown December 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    How inspiring! Now I want to go to Athens…
    Babette
    http://www.candiedviolets.com

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