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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Athens

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Athens

From Toronto to Melbourne, from London to Detroit, Greek food has spread around the globe, but there’s no better place to discover it than Athens. Whether meze, olives, moussaka, or octopus, here are some must-try dishes from the Greek capital.

**Olive Oil:**Greeks have been growing olives for around 5,000 years, and different regions compete passionately for the title of the best. There’s nothing like an olive oil tasting to discover the wealth of flavors—fruit, grass, almonds, mint—that hide inside an artisan Greek oil.

**Seafood:**Greece is a seafaring nation, and seafood is an Athens must. Savor melt-in-the-mouth calamari or an octopus salad; brave the intense tang of raw sea urchin or the simple freshness of grilled red mullet; and don’t miss traditional fish soup.

**Kebabs:**No Greek village is complete without the rich scent of barbecued pork drifting above the vines. Souvlaki—a skewered kebab generally made with pork—is a must, while gyros are the local answer to the doner kebab.

**Meze:**Meze, little tapas-style appetizers, are at the heart of any Greek evening. Besides Mediterranean favorites such as hummus, savor stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki yogurt dip, or smoky, citrusy taramasalata. Wash them down with ouzo or raki.

**Pastries:**Spinach pies, cheese pies, and sticky-sweet baklava dessert have one thing in common: phyllo pastry, a tissue-thin dough that many Greek cooks still learn at their grandmothers’ knees.

**Moussaka:**No neighborhood taverna is complete without this hearty, warming blend of ground lamb, eggplant, and bechamel sauce. And, yes, it works in summer too.

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Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens

Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens

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Indulge your inner foodie on this 4-hour gourmet tasting tour and sample the edible delights of Athens. Take to the streets for a walking tour of Athens’ cafés, markets, delicatessens and street food haunts. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private food-expert guide as you uncover the secrets of Greek cuisine and learn more about the city’s culinary heritage. Stop along the way to sample local treats like sweet donuts, Greek bread and regional cheeses, washed down with Greek wine and freshly brewed coffee.
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  • 4 hours
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US$60.20
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US$60.20
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Greek Small-Group Athens Cooking Class & Dinner

Greek Small-Group Athens Cooking Class & Dinner

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Learn the secrets behind your favorite Greek dishes during this hands-on cooking class in Athens. Led by an expert instructor, step inside a traditional tavern, sip on a glass of raki and try your hand at four starters and one main course, using fresh, local ingredients. Then sit down to savor the fruits of your labor with your fellow chefs. Numbers are limited to 16 to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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  • 3 hours
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US$109.78
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Small Group, Delicious Athens Food Tour

Small Group, Delicious Athens Food Tour

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Appease your appetite for traditional Greek food during this half-day small-group culinary tour in Athens. Follow your guide to 10 carefully curated specialty food shops, located off the beaten path in residential neighborhoods, to taste Athenian delicacies such as honey, spices, sweets, cured meat, cheese and olive oil. Finish your tour with a taste of the much-celebrated Greek souvlaki. This tour is limited to 12 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere; all tastings are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$75.55
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Athens's original vegan tour!

Athens's original vegan tour!

Delve into Athens’ vegetarian cuisine on this special walking tour. Spend 3 hours exploring the city and stopping to try flavorful olives, honey, nuts, sesame bread, Greek coffee, loukoumades, and more. Taste at least 10 different local delicacies before your tour concludes. This tour can also be tailored to accommodate vegans.
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US$66.08
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US$66.08

Withlocals Your Way: Greece 100% Personalised Private Food Tour

Withlocals Your Way: Greece 100% Personalised Private Food Tour

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Learn to cook authentic Greek food from a local chef during this 3-hour private culinary class in Athens. Visit small local shops with your hostess and instructor, Chef Melina, to select the freshest organic produce for your meal. Help choose the traditional Greek recipe you'd like to learn and Melina will guide you through the cooking process step by step. Sit down with your hostess and the products of your labor to eat, drink, listen to Greek music and chat about local life in Athens. Take home recipes that you can recreate at home after your experience.
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US$80.49
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Private Athens By Night Food Tour & Wine Tasting of 5 Varieties
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Private Athens By Night Food Tour & Wine Tasting of 5 Varieties

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Treat your senses to a memorable night out in Athens on a private food and wine walking tour that will teach you how to eat like a real Athenian. Set off to discover the city’s most delectable cuisine and nocturnal energy. Steer clear of tourist traps as a guide takes you to wine bars, taverns, and quirky cafes for tastings of authentic Greek specialties and drinks.
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  • 4 hours
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US$165.26
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US$165.26
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Athens Food Safari Tour on Trikke

Athens Food Safari Tour on Trikke

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Explore Athens in a safe, fun, and eco-friendly way—on a trikke. This food safari is a great way to get your bearings of the city and access places that can’t be reached by car or bus. You’ll travel in a small group to Monastiraki, and the Central Market, learning about how different dishes are made, and tasting Greek delicacies.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$100.33
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Learn to Cook in a Local Home: A Taste of the Greek Islands in Athens
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Learn to Cook in a Local Home: A Taste of the Greek Islands in Athens

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Get a taste of the Greek Islands while in Athens on this fabulous home cooking experience. By cooking in a local home, you’ll get a more authentic experience. As it’s a private lesson, you’ll be able to ask questions along the way, and have a more personalized experience. You’ll learn to make a range of dishes, such as Greek pizza, oven-cooked chickpeas, or veal casserole. After cooking, you’ll sit back, relax, and enjoy the food you’ve prepared.
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  • 3 hours
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US$115.00
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US$115.00
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Ancient Greek Flavors Private Food Tour

Ancient Greek Flavors Private Food Tour

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Greek food has a long history, with much of it rooted in the dishes of ancient Athenians. With this tour, explore the flavors of early Greek cuisine without the need for research, and with a guide to chart ancient Greek culinary ideas. Taste treats dating back millennia, call at the central market and specialty food stores, and gain a historical picture of Athens’ food that you’d probably never get alone.
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  • 4 hours
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US$169.98
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US$169.98
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Learn the Art of Phyllo: Private Cooking Class in Athens

Learn the Art of Phyllo: Private Cooking Class in Athens

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Experience a taste sensation by immersing yourself into the world of Greek phyllo pies. This is the perfect activity for those who prefer a more personalized cooking experience in a home setting. Your teacher Christina will reveal cooking techniques she’s learned from her grandmother, which you can then use at home. After learning how to make phyllo pies, you’ll enjoy a Greek feast of pies and other seasonal dishes.
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US$110.00
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