- Learn about Athens’ culinary culture and discover the traditional tastes and fresh flavours of the city
- Explore the Central Market and captivate your senses by sampling different tastes and flavors
- Enjoy a “meze” platter (local tapas) in a local deli and chat with the owner about his specialties
- Sip local wines at a rooftop bar with amazing views over Athens
On this Athens food and wine tour, you will be introduced to the Greek cuisine and local wines and our culinary traditions that date back to ancient times and have influenced not only the European cuisine but also many others! Don’t expect to visit highly ranked shops but less known traditional vendors and we will persuade you why Greek cuisine is the most delicious in the world. Taste the best authentic local gastronomy including feta, olives, olive oil, local tapas, and 3 different wines and spirits like ouzo, on a food tour that is more than enough to skip lunch!
Local impact — How you help the local community by joining this tour:
- By visiting 100% locally owned and run stores, you support small-scale, locally-run businesses to preserve the traditional character of old Athens.
- At least one store on your itinerary is dedicated to the preservation of locally-produced crafts.
Athens food is a variety blend of old and new, traditional and modern, and this tour will help you to reveal all these aspects.
Your tour will start by meeting your local guide at Kotzia Square, a charming square in the heart of Athens, surrounded by stunning neoclassical buildings of the early 19th century, as well as some ruins from the ancient times.
As the modern Greeks like to do every morning, you’ll enjoy a Greek coffee or a cold Greek frappe before you start exploring Athens. Then, you’ll venture into Athens central market which has been operating for more than a hundred years. Enjoy one of Europe’s most unique marketplaces and get the opportunity to talk to vendors and see all the fresh produce.
Your local guide will help you to discover the best of the Central Market showing you a variety of delicious Greek specialties in places that don’t see many tourists. Sample various local tastes such as koulouri (a round-shaped bread with sesame seeds), feta, olives, olive oil, honey, herbs, and many more.
Next, you’ll visit unique small family-owned businesses located around the historical center and the ancient Agora, the very same place where Ancient Greeks like Pericles, Aristotle, and Platon used to stroll around.
Then, we will share a “meze” platter (local tapas) and enjoy unique cheeses, savory pies, Greek pastries, and traditional dips in a local-favorite deli. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to taste our traditional spirits and local wines at a rooftop bar with views over Athens’ most famous landmark, the Acropolis, while you’ll end your experience in the sweetest way by enjoying one of Greece’s oldest sweets, Loukoumades.
Your tour will come to an end at Monastiraki Square where you can continue your own exploration, or your local guide can give you directions on how to get back to your hotel. Before we part ways, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more hints and tips on how to get the best of your trip to amazing Athens.
Inclusions: Tastings of Greek sweets, koulouri, olive oil, olives, cheeses, rusks, Greek alcohol (wine, ouzo), spices, herbs, and traditional meze (a meze is a small appetizer or side dish). Visits to markets, Kotzia Square, Avyssinias Square, Monastiraki Square, Athena’s Road, churches, and traditional delis and restaurants.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide