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Athens Food and City Private Walking Tour

Highlights
  • Private food and city walking tour in Athens
  • Learn about the cultures and cuisines that have shaped Athens
  • Explore Syntagma Square, the foodie hotspot of Psiri, and Monastiraki
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Athens Food and City Private Walking Tour
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Athens Food and City Private Walking Tour
From US$61.48
Overview
Delve into Athens’ character and cuisine on this small-group walking tour. The Greek capital mixes ancient, Ottoman, neoclassical, and modern influences, and this tour lets you explore its different neighborhoods and culinary styles. Stroll through Syntagma Square, the city's heart; explore hip and old-school neighborhoods; visit markets, and stop to taste local specialities such as ‘koulouri’ bread, meze, olive oil, cheese, and authentic Greek coffee. Food tastings and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
What to Expect

You'll be picked up from your Athens city center hotel or you can meet the tour at Syntagma Square. Your tour group departs the Square at 10am. 

In many ways, Athens is four different cities: The ancient, the Ottoman, the neoclassical and the modern city. Discovering each of them requires knowing where to go, what to notice and what to eat, which is where your local guide comes in.   

From the Parliament building in Syntagma Square to the posh neighborhood of Kolonaki area and the rebellious downtown district of Exarchia, you’ll stop off at special spots to taste local products like olive oil, honey, cheese, wine, vinegar, liquor, and sweets, all made by small producers from all over Greece. Next, it’s a treat from the street, as you sample a koulouri, one of the all-time classic snacks on the go and then a cup of authentic Greek coffee in a wonderful old café.  

After this, get ready to duck into a boisterous visit to the central fish and meat market, where butchers and fishmongers compete for the attention of Athens’ serious food shoppers. Around the corner is the famous spice street of Athens, lined with traditional herb shops that also carry amazing specialty meats and other traditional delicacies.

In the Psiri area, you’ll see a neighborhood that is still in the middle of reinventing itself – one of the poorer working class areas of Athens for nearly all of the 20th century. It is now one of the hottest food and drink destinations, but everywhere in its narrow streets there are reminders of a simpler past.

Don’t miss the Ottoman influences in this part of the city as you stop for a sweet bite at one of the many pastry shops in this area, and then it’s off to a charming little taverna that specializes in traditional Greek dishes to try a selection of scrumptious Greek meze (like tapas, only better).

The tour ends in Monastiraki, at Athens’ flea market, a perfect amalgam of everything Athens has to offer. By now, you’ll have seen (and tasted!) the true soul of Athens, a city with a thousand stories still standing, as it has since ancient times, right on the border between the East and the West.

The total duration of the tour is around 5 hours (depending on your interest and pace). It's estimated the tour will end around 3pm.
Reviews (28)
1 - 5 of 28 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
wonderful

Vassia the wonderful guid she took us to hidden places it was delicious fun and a good time. very professional nice and i hope she will marry soon

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Debbie N
Reviewed 1 November 2018
More than an entrée

Ilias Kaponis, our exceptional guide for this tour, gave us an unforgettable experience of Athens food culture. His enthusiasm for his city's heritage, food culture and the political and cultural history was infectious and enhanced the experience enormously. His generosity was also outstanding, giving our...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank adelaidejane2017
Reviewed 24 October 2018
An excellent Foodie tour of Athens

We had a couple of days in Athens before our Rick Steves tour started & my wife & I wanted to learn more about Greek food & the city. Our Rick Steves travel book recommended Alternative Athens so we booked their foodie tour. We thoroughly...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 152brentj
Reviewed 15 October 2018
Athens Uncovered

Fantastic tour of the real food scene of Greece, excellent guide who was very knowledgeable of the Athens food culture. Went behind the scenes to see where local food specialities are made as well as being able to enjoy them in ‘native’ surroundings. Tour began...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 363timp
Reviewed 4 October 2018
Fantastic food tour! Highlight of our trip to Athens

We loved everything about this tour. Great food, slow pace, sharing of history and culture etc. Our guide Vassia was fantastic. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LeeAnn T
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