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Private Greek Food Tour in Athens

Highlights
  • Private, 4-hour walking food tour in Athens
  • Explore authentic Greek culture and cuisine with a private local guide
  • Taste traditional Greek specialties at bakeries, delis, markets, and restaurants
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Private Greek Food Tour in Athens
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Private Greek Food Tour in Athens
From US$50.63
Overview
Delight your senses and discover authentic Greek culture on this private food tour in Athens that takes you to 10 of the city’s best bakeries, cafes, delis, and specialty stores. Smell the appetizing aromas of Mediterranean spices and Turkish coffee you stroll through diverse Athenian neighborhoods with a foodie guide, and see where locals shop for fresh fish and produce at the Varvakios market. Best of all, stop to sample traditional Greek dishes ranging from savory souvlaki and artisan cheeses to local honey, olive oil, and decadent pastries.
What to 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!
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 baklavabakery 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 specialized in traditional Greek dishes. 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.
Reviews (10)
1 - 5 of 8 reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2018
Food tour = highly recommended. Thank you Andreas !!!!

It was the 4th time for us to visit Athens and we have decided to do something Different...We have took a tour: "Private Greek food tour". Our guide was Andreas. We were not sorry - not at all !!! the places that We have visited,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 148gilig
Reviewed 28 September 2018
Wonderful experience

This was a solid food tour in terms of host knowledge, walkability, and number of places that we got to stop and try items. It was a little heavy on sweeter things and while you won't leave this tour hungry, if you're not into sweeter...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Josh F
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile
Excelent

We made this tour with our outstanding guide Andreas. He took as for some delicious tasting points we had sweets , souvlaki , traditional food and pies. Andreas was excelent as he not only told us about the foods and his origin but we had...More

Thank bukson1502
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile
Best way to start a holiday in Athens

Our tour was a wonderful way to get our bearings of a new city and set the vibe for our introduction to Athenian style. Our group was aged 78 down to 10 and everyone loved it. Andreas, our guide, was fabulous: patient, knowledge and nothing...More

Thank Meredith H
Reviewed 27 December 2017
Exceptional guide, perfect itinerary

A friend and I booked this tour as one of our first excursions in Athens, an experience which was beyond enjoyable thanks to our outstanding guide Andreas, who without lacking in professionality made the entire group feel at home and amongst friends immediately. The tour...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Anthony G
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