Things to Do – Athens Street Food Tour

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Athens has become quite the hotspot for food experiences, so much so that I struggled to find availability on the best tours during my stay. But I found one of the good ones, a small group tour made up of visitors from all over the world. Tours are popular for a very good reason: Greek food has a freshness and a familiarity built on locally-sourced ingredients and a tour like the one I took is a way to taste it all! Is a food tour in Athens worth the money? Hint: a big fat Greek yes!!

This tour was a small group tour with 12 participants, making it excellent for solo travellers or couples.

Athens Street Food Tour

Starts from Syntagma Square, Athens

Delicious street food, knowledgeable guide

Summer temperatures can be so high

3 hours duration

See all the details of this tour
Food & Drink Included
Easy walking
Toilets en route
Photo Opportunities
Reasonable

What is it?

This small group tour sets off from Syntagma Square right in the centre of Athens and takes you on a walking tour of downtown that stops off at numerous food and beverage locations for a taste of Athenian street food. The selection is heavier on food choices than local drinks. This tour is available as a private tour if desired. I found people were taking the food tour as a way to get to know the city.

Food Tours in Athens

There are a lot of tours to choose from in Athens. I’ve picked out the 5 Best Athens Food Tours in this article, but here’s a quick version:

I TOOK THIS TOUR – Athens Street Food Tasting Tour

Athens Food Market Visit & Cooking Class with wine
(includes time at Athens Central Market)

Athens Evening Food Tour
(includes snacks, souvlaki and dinner)

Athens Gourmet Food Tour
(includes tastings of locally source ingredients like oil, honey and wine)

Athens Dinner in the Sky Experience
(unique 5 course meal eaten while suspended 50 metres off the ground)

The Food on my Athens Food Tour

Key Dishes and Drinks: Expect cheese filo pastries, pistachio doughnuts, gyros, traditional breads. 

Our guide wasted no time in getting started right on the departure time from Syntagma Square. The tour moves quite quickly to the first food stop. Up first was traditional filo pastry dough stuffed with feta cheese and flavourings. This was freshly made and the bakery was crowded with people.

We had so many fun short stops, that I had eaten some of the items before I got a chance to eat them!

Here are a couple more delicious items:

This is a “boat” style pastry that is a style of pizza

This chicken souvlaki served as a kind of main course (we were already stuffed!)

Greek-style Donuts

This was the tasting that everyone wanted to try out! These Greek-style Donuts were freshly fried, heaped into containers and topped with sweet dressings. One was Athenian honey and other a rich pistachio sweetened cream. I’ve been keeping low on sugar, but my new tour friends told me that this one was sensational.

Insider Tips

  • If you have a food allergy, contact the provider in advance (many of the tours I take and then recommend are through Viator and there’s an easy way to connect using that site).
  • Check with the provider if you have a mobility or accessibility question. The majority of this trip was entirely on flat surfaces, but I did find the tour guide went quite quickly, which may be problematic for some visitors.
  • Take this tour in the mid-morning. By the time you eat the biggest items (souvlaki and the boat-style pizza), it’s around lunchtime, so you’ve covered the price of a tour AND lunch.

Where to Stay in central Athens

  • I stayed at the Athenian Callirhoe Hotel and I’d strongly recommend it – it’s near the Acropolis I could walk everywhere in central Athens.
  • If you prefer an aparthotel, the Urban Nest Suites is near Monastiraki and is highly rated.
  • Value – you might enjoy Airotel Parthenon, which is a bit more old school, but still very comfortable.

Conclusion

A food trip in Athens is a way to experience Greek culture through its belly. Athens brings together hundreds of years of food history into the fresh, delicious treats I got to taste on this tour. I strongly recommend this tour, not only because it filled me up, but because it oriented me in the layout of central Athens and helped me identify where I wanted to return to for dinner. Now that’s always worth it!


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I'm Patrick, your Irish guide to the skies and beyond. With 58 countries visited, my journeys have taken me from busy economy to fabulous first-class.

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