12 Best Greek Foods to Experience in Athens
You can expect fresh ingredients and loads of flavors whenever you indulge in some of the Greek foods found throughout the country. Their healthy traditional recipes will leave you wanting more, and fortunately, there are a ton of excellent restaurants, eateries, and cafes all over the city. To help you figure out what Greek dish you're going to order next, here are 12 of the best Greek foods to experience in your lifetime.
Greek meze is a blend of bite-sized foods. This platter may include anything from roasted red peppers to octopus, depending on where you order it. They may come served hot or cold, and they make perfect appetizers.
Magirefta refers to any slow-cooked, homemade meal made in Greece. Traditionally any Magirefta meal is cooked in a katsarola (deep pot) or tapsi (deep baking tray).
Souvlaki refers to Greek fast food, but don't let that turn you away. Greek fast-food is typically much healthier and tastier than fast-food in the U.S. You can order gyros, meat and vegetable skewers, grilled turkey patties, seasoned rice, and much more.
You can find many family-run Greek tavernas throughout Athens that serve fabulous food. At the tavernas, you can enjoy a little music, socializing, and dancing while being served some of the tastiest traditional meals.
You absolutely must visit a Greek deli. Greek delis have a wide range of meats and cheeses that you can't find very quickly in the states. A Greek delicatessen will awaken all of your senses.
As one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, you absolutely cannot pass up on the opportunity to indulge in Greek wine. Visit a wine bar or an international market to find some of the best wines around.
Greece has traditional spirits that the natives like to drink, including ouzo, mastic, and raki, among other types of unique liquors.
Coffee is huge in Greece. Traditional Greek coffee is quite strong, and you'll have a ton of delicious options.
You can not leave Greece without trying some of its desserts, especially its zaharoplasteio (pastries). Some of the sweets you should try include kataifi, milopita, galaktoboureko, and loukoumades.
Local Farmer's Market
For fresh ingredients and bites to eat, visit one of the many local farmer's markets. Visiting the laiki (farmer's market) is perhaps one of the tastiest and most incredible experiences you'll have in Greece.
Greek Street Food
Greece has some incredible street food. From gyros to koulourakia, you will find an excellent selection of tasty Greek meals.
As one of Greece's most treasured authentic dishes, you must try moussaka. This dish includes slow-cooked meats, eggplant, and cheeses, which are served as a casserole.
As you can see, there is an endless amount of dishes and foods to try while on vacation in Greece. To learn more or to start filling up your itinerary, and planning a trip, CLICK HERE.