Visit Athens' vibrant neighborhoods with specialist food guide
This Athens Food & Wine tour will take you to the colorful, trendy neighborhoods of Monastiraki, Psiri and the famous shopping street of Ermou. At Psiri you try delicatessen such as Loukoumades (pastries eaten for breakfast that are skillfully made on the spot), drink Greek coffee, sample Greek cured meat, smell the herbs that are used to make ouzo and hear the shouting of salesmen at the vibrant central food market. You will oftentimes get the feeling you are in an oriental bazaar. We could also visit the Athens flea/antique market in Monastiraki. There is more time to do great food & wine tasting in a fabulous delicatessen store where you buy Greek foods and wines from all over the country. Time for lunch in a restaurant of your choice! Traditional Greek Food or Ancient(!) Greek Food. After lunch time to shop: Greek style jewelry, pottery, statues, olive wood objects, Greek music CD's, Greek musical instruments, clothes, shoes, fur, leather items.
We meet in the morning either at your Athens hotel OR Monasteraki Square in front of Hotel "A for Athens". You are at the heart of colorful, trendy neighborhood Monasteraki. Here we visit the Athens flea/antique market where you can buy (or just gaze at) antiques, Greek musical instruments, jewelry or hand-made Greek sandals. Time for Greek coffee with Loukoumades (pastries eaten for breakfast that are made on the spot- a true spectacle!) and bougatsa at the adjacent Psiri disctrict. Next: you sample Greek pastrami (pastourmas), smell herbs that are used for ouzo at the oldest specialty stores of Athens. Visit the central food market: fish, meat, fruit and vegetables galore! More tasting ahead in a delicatessen store where you buy Greek foods and wines from all over the country. Time for lunch in either a traditional Greek tavern or a place that serves Ancient Greek food and drinks! After lunch you can do your last shopping and we head back to Monastiraki Square or your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We meet at either: Your Athens hotel lobby OR in front of "A for Athens Hotel" which is located at Monastiraki Square. (2-4, Miaouli Str., Monastiraki). You can reach the Monastiraki Square by taxi (20-30 min. drive from the port) or by public transporation (Monastiraki metro station)
End location: Your Hotel OR Monastiraki Square, Athens.
Duration: 5 hours
The food tour is not available on Sundays. On Sundays delicatessen stores tend to be closed. Also the Central meat fish and vegetable market will not be open on Sunday.
We will be walking. Small distances.
5 hours of expert guiding, all of the food, delicatessen and wine tastings mentioned in various stores, a very complete lunch meal in a restaurant, drinks.
You do not need to purchase any extra items. If you want to buy souvenirs you can, but that is up to you.
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We had a wonderful day with Chantel. She exceeded our expectations in doing the things we asked her to do ... and didn't waste our time on touristy things we asked her to avoid. Her English was perfect, she was very personable and timely. The food tastings we had were fun, unique and very memorable. It was a perfect day in Athens!