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Food Tour

Benefit: Food Tour
Regular Price: Adult USD 58.94; Child USD 47.15
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Attraction Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the world of Greek food
  • Sample unique local delicacies
  • Find out more about the Mediterranean diet
  • Top-rated Athens Food Tour on TripAdvisor
  • Explore open-air markets will all make your taste buds sing!
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Food Tour

Important Notes
Please contact Alternative Tours on +30 21 10 12 65 44 to redeem this tour using your iVenture Card. Please note there is limited availability, especially during summer (April - October).
Address 28, Karaiskaki St.-105 54 Athens, Greece
Phone +30 21 10 12 65 44
Email: [email protected]
Work Hours Monday to Friday 09:00 to 20:00
Closed Days Sunday
Website https://www.alternativeathens.com

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 favourite 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 speciality food store that prides itself on its wide selection of Greek products. Here, you’ll be able to taste different olive oils, honey, 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 baklava bakery 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 humour, 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.

Things to look out for

As you continue the walk, you’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. You'll also stop by a local pastry shop for a serious sugar rush as you tuck into a bougatsa (a traditional cream-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 that specializes in traditional Greek dishes. Here, you’ll be able to try four different classic appetizers. When they finally clear the plates away here, your mission will be accomplished – you’ll leave with a full and happy stomach and a much better understanding of the world of Greek food.

Helpful Tips

Make sure you have a light breakfast, as there will be plenty to eat! This tour is ideal all year round, rain or shine. It is also perfect for families, as children will be very involved in the tastings, keeping them interested throughout the tour.

If you suffer from any food allergies or have special dietary requirements, you are kindly requested to contact 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.

Important Notes

Please contact Alternative Tours on +30 21 10 12 65 44 to redeem this tour using your iVenture Card. Please note there is limited availability, especially during summer (April - October).
Address 28, Karaiskaki St.-105 54 Athens, Greece
Phone +30 21 10 12 65 44
Work Hours Monday to Friday 09:00 to 20:00
Closed Days Sunday
Website https://www.alternativeathens.com