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Athens for Foodies: The Ultimate Culinary Tour (Private)

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What better way to explore Athens than eating your way through it? Whether you are a passionate foodie or an intrepid traveller, this gastronomy tour will tantalise your senses! Discover the history of Greek gastronomy through beautiful neighbourhoods & off the beaten path artisanal eateries!

Duration: 4 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish
If you want to get under the skin of a city, tasting and smelling is, without doubt, one of the most fascinating, fun and magical way of doing it.

Greek food has such a strong presence all round the world that I wasn’t sure how much I would learn (I’m just greedy, so I thought it would be a yummy day). What I hadn’t expected was the breadth and depth of knowledge our guide had, and - by contrast - just how little I actually knew! Greek salad in London (or anywhere else) has very little resemblance to Greek salad ...

Tiama took us from breakfast to dinner, from everyday peasant food to street food to elegant food, from savoury to sweet, from Greek coffee to mastika. We salivated over sesame bread, swooned over pita, breathed in the giddy smells of the spice market, crushed basil leaves between our fingers and learnt about herbs, ate olives so meaty I could almost go vegan if I had those in my life, went dreamy-eyed over thick Greek yogurt drizzled with thyme honey, and feasted on moussaka.

But it wasn’t just the food. As we walked round Athens, she wove the history of the city, its buildings, its traditions, its family life, its culture into the food we ate and tasted.

All this in just four hours. I could have read a book on Athens and not learned as much. I could have spent five days marching round with a guidebook and would not have learned as much.

I wanted another four hours, and then another four days of it! Tiama is absolutely superb as a guide. Her English is brilliant, she is funny, witty, brilliantly clever, and a lovely person to spend time with.

Thank you. Worth every single penny.
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Reviewed by Tamlyn

Highlights

  • Explore the most lively part of the city: Athens Central Market
  • Visit traditional local food shops in non-touristic neighbourhoods
  • Discover the history and culture of Greek cuisine with your local, expert, foodie guide
  • Taste 15+ different Greek foods
  • Enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic experience!

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Description

Prepare yourself for a mouthwatering journey to discover the secrets of world-renowned Greek cuisine.

This 4-hour experience will take you through picturesque neighbourhoods and local food shops offering secret culinary treasures. During the tour, your food-loving guide will share stories about Greek gastronomy and local culture.

You’ll taste 15 different types of Greek culinary excellence, including a traditional phyllo pie from a family-run place that has existed since the 20s, the dessert that was given to the winners of the ancient Olympic Games and Greece’s most famous street food! You’ll also discover the answer to the great debate: Turkish or Greek coffee?

Unlike many Athens food tours, you won't just be sampling mouthfuls. "Athens for Foodies" is a 4-hour Greek Gastronomy Tour where you will enjoy traditional Greek recipes such as stuffed tomatoes, moussaka, soutzoukakia, the dessert of choice for the winners of the ancient Olympic Games and more.

It is essential that you don’t eat breakfast & we guarantee there will be no room for lunch!

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What’s included & not included

  • Local food expert as your guide
  • Tour of Athens Central Market
  • 15 different Greek food samples
  • Anything else you’d like to order or purchase
  • Gratuities

Meeting point

Syntagma Square (Syntagma Square: in front of the fountain)

Reviews from travellers (12)

5.0/5

The most exciting way to see Athens
If you want to get under the skin of a city, tasting and smelling is, without doubt, one of the most fascinating, fun and magical way of doing it.

Greek food has such a strong presence all round the world that I wasn’t sure how much I would learn (I’m just greedy, so I thought it would be a yummy day). What I hadn’t expected was the breadth and depth of knowledge our guide had, and - by contrast - just how little I actually knew! Greek salad in London (or anywhere else) has very little resemblance to Greek salad ...

Tiama took us from breakfast to dinner, from everyday peasant food to street food to elegant food, from savoury to sweet, from Greek coffee to mastika. We salivated over sesame bread, swooned over pita, breathed in the giddy smells of the spice market, crushed basil leaves between our fingers and learnt about herbs, ate olives so meaty I could almost go vegan if I had those in my life, went dreamy-eyed over thick Greek yogurt drizzled with thyme honey, and feasted on moussaka.

But it wasn’t just the food. As we walked round Athens, she wove the history of the city, its buildings, its traditions, its family life, its culture into the food we ate and tasted.

All this in just four hours. I could have read a book on Athens and not learned as much. I could have spent five days marching round with a guidebook and would not have learned as much.

I wanted another four hours, and then another four days of it! Tiama is absolutely superb as a guide. Her English is brilliant, she is funny, witty, brilliantly clever, and a lovely person to spend time with.

Thank you. Worth every single penny.
Great food experience with Elena
Elena was an excellent guide on the food tour. Her knowledge of Greek history and Greek food recipes was outstanding. I tried food that I normally wouldn’t try on holiday and enjoyed everything. This is my first time visiting Greece, I will be back. Regards, Rob Mann
Fantastic!
We got to experiment Athens like a local. We really felt our tour guide did an excellent job of introducing us to amazing Greek food while explaining the origin behind it, one of the best things she said was ,”I wanted this tour to be something I would take my friends or family to if they were visiting”. That’s exactly how we felt! We went to neighborhoods and restaurants we would have never found on our own. We absolutely loved it!
Thank you!

This operator has 58 reviews for other tours

5.0/5

N
We were in Greece for 14 days and we went on a tour everyday but this one was one of the best. The tour started on time and we had Eleni as our tour guide and she was excellent. Eleni spoke perfect English, she was very energetic and charming; she was absolutely passionate in explaining and sharing with us so many historical information about Greece. Make sure that you wear good shoes because there will be a lot of walking but the tour was so interesting that time would go by very fast. Take this tour only if you want to learn a lot about Greece and for tour guide, you must ask for Eleni; she simply stands out to be the best because of her caring personality and professionalism.
R
We just returned from our 12 day vacation around the Mediterranean and we all agreed this was the best tour of the whole trip. Our guide was Theo and I cannot say enough good things about him. He spoke of the history of Athens in such a way he kept us interested the entire time and his passion for the subject was evident. Don't let the 4 hour tour length scare you off. You get to see and experience so much that the time goes by quickly. There is quite a bit of walking so wear comfortable shoes but nothing my 75 year old mother, fiancé and I felt was overwhelming or strenuous. We honestly could have gone all day seeing Athens through the eyes of Theo! Thank you for a wonderful day!
K
We were in Athens only for one day off of a cruise ship and initially booked the market/cooking class, but as it was a Sunday, the food market was closed and we cancelled because we wanted the total experience of the shopping for ingredients, etc. that being said, we saw the morning stroll offered and went for it and boy are we glad we did! Eleni, our guide, has a lovely personality and is extremely knowledgeable about her people and country. So many things we didn’t know were told in such a casual, informative way, what a great teacher she would make. We highly recommend this tour, this company and look forward to another visit to Athens....Opa!
M
Our experience with GreekingMe was excellent from pick up at the ship to meeting our guide and then spending 4 hours getting to know Plakka and the Acropolis thanks to our amazing tour guide. She presented us with stories and images that helped us appreciate our surroundings and the history that goes with it. We would tour with GreekingMe again and we would recommend them without hesitation. One of our best experiences while on our.cruise. Thank you GreekingMe!
S
We had an absolutely wonderful tour with Penelope. She was warm, patient and so very knowledgeable about everything on our tour. She gave us a very enlightening history of the city of Athens and Greek history. This brought it to life for us and made us want to come back again.
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