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Private Greek Food Tour in Athens

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Syntagma Square, Pl. Sintagmatos, Athina 105 63, Greece

    Traveler pickup is offered
    If your hotel is located within the historic center of Athens and you prefer meeting your guide at your hotel instead of the meeting point, you need to contact us up to 24 hours prior to your tour so that we arrange accordingly.
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Psyri, Athens, Greece
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup service (for hotels located in the city center)
    • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
    • Food tasting
    • Local guide
    • Snacks
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    Exclusions
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed August 27, 2019

    What an awesome experience. Andreas our tour guide was impressive from beginning to end. The food was tasty, fresh and so delicious. The tour was informative and educational, Andreas did an excellent job of guiding us through the streets of Athens. His knowledge of Athens,...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank FoodLoversForLife
    phaedra-altathens, Public Relations Manager at Alternative Athens, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2019

    Hello, Thank you so much for leaving such a great review for our Delicious Athens Food Tour. We are more than happy to hear that you found the Greek food so FRESH & DELICIOUS and our guide Andreas so informative. Looking forward to your next...More

    Reviewed July 28, 2019

    We had the most wonderful time on our food tour of Athens. It was awesome to be shown the different types of Greek foods and where to find them while enjoying the company of our tour guide. Maria was absolutely amazing and her lovely personality...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Karley I
    phaedra-altathens, Public Relations Manager at Alternative Athens, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2019

    Hello Karley, Thank you for taking time to review our Delicious Athens Food tour. We are more than happy to hear that you had a wonderful time with our tour guide Maria and that you learned so many new things about Greek gastronomy and culture....More

    Reviewed July 20, 2019

    I loved every minute of the food tour! What a lovely way to visit Athens! Maria our tour guide was amazing, and gave us just the right amount of details on the history of the neighbourhoods of Athens, as well as telling us about all...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Raya K
    phaedra-altathens, Public Relations Manager at Alternative Athens, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2019

    Hello Raya, We are delighted you had a great experience on our Delicious Athens Food Tour. We’re passionate about serving delicious food with a taste of history so it’s fantastic you enjoyed it so much! Thank you for leaving such a lovely review, the Alternative...More

    Reviewed June 7, 2019

    Great way to get to know Greel food as well as several neighborhoods and the markets. Young and knowledgeable guide.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank yuval y
    Reviewed June 6, 2019

    Maria did a great job introducing the Greek food and cuisine. We enjoyed walking through different neighborhoods and tasting delicious foods. We were completely full by the end of the tour. Highly recommended!

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Trooper100
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