Athens for foodies: A Greek gastronomy tour


4 hours
Group Size
Small-Group or Private Tour
Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 10am - Daily as a Private Tour

Short Description

What better way to explore Athens than eating your way through it? As well as getting personal attention from your knowledgeable guide, you will be introduced to the history of Greek gastronomy and discover beautiful neighborhoods & off the beaten path eateries.

With an in-the-know foodie guide, you’ll enjoy 15 (!) tastings of the Greek cuisine as you walk through the non-touristy neighborhoods of Athens, to meet vendors and learn about traditional Greek recipes. From crunchy phyllo pies to cold cuts to stuffed tomatoes to loukoumades, your taste buds will be tingling the entire time. Big tip: come hungry.

For more flexibility on times/dates, please send us an inquiry via the "Inquiry" tab.

What you can expect

Starting from Syntagma Square, where the heart of Athens beats, you will enjoy a taste of Greece you won't soon forget. After meeting your experienced, food-loving guide, set off on an exploration that will introduce you to the local culinary scene. In this 4-hour experience, your food expert guide will share with you insights about the enduring history of Greek food and the local culture. Starting your day with a traditional stuffed phyllo pie from a family-run shop since the 20’s, you will be lead to hidden culinary gems inside the city that only locals know about. We will visit many different food and pastry shops, off-the-beaten-path taverns & traditional restaurants, but also explore the Athens Central Market, the center of Athens gastronomy life.

Traveling with an expert local means nothing will get past you. You'll learn why food is a special element of Greek culture; the different fresh and pure ingredients that the Greek land provides us with during all seasons; how different spices have different uses and what makes Greek cuisine so special. Featuring 15 delicious tastings like dolmades, pastourma, feta cheese and Greek rice pudding, you'll get to escape the crowds and taste the best of what Athens has to offer.

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 taste traditional Greek recipes such as stuffed tomatoes, moussaka, soutzoukakia and what the winners of the ancient Olympic Games ate as dessert!

We warn you not to eat breakfast & guarantee there will be no room for lunch!

Why book this tour?

  • Enjoy the best of Greek food at venues you might not have found on your own. Your knowledgeable foodie guide will entertain you with stories of the history of Greek cuisine, along with providing insight on the various restaurants, tavernas and specialty eateries.
  • Taste more than 15 different Greek foods and join an unforgettable gastronomical experience.
  • Chow down on the best of Greek cuisine with visits to authentic eateries.
  • Traveling in small groups or private, you'll enjoy personal attention from your guide.
  • Explore the most lively part of the city; the Central Market of Athens
  • Available daily as a private tour - please send us an inquiry.

Tour Reviews

Excellent, comprehensive food tour
Excellent, comprehensive food tour

Our tour guide, Elena, was filled with knowledge about Greek culinary history, making each stop that much more meaningful. We tried a huge variety of Greek dishes, many of which I'd never heard of. It was spectacular. Not only did we leave too full for breakfast and lunch, but we also got to explore a different part of the city we'd never seen before, outside of the touristy area. I highly recommend this tour for excellent Greek food, a dose of culinary history, and for discovering a new neighborhood.

Visited: December 2017

Food Tour of Athens
Food Tour of Athens

Had a lovely stroll around parts of Athens sampling delicious food. As other reviewers have said you go to places Elena had emotional connections with making the tour seem like sharing with her her experiences. She is very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. It was a good page. Good amount of food. Full but not stuffed and unable to walk when finished! An alternative food was offered to a person with allergy. Very good experience. Would definitely recommend.

Visited: November 2017

A Real Highlight of our Time in Athens
A Real Highlight of our Time in Athens

We scheduled an Athens for Foodies tour for four of us through Greeking.me Elena our guide met us in Syntagma Square, which was very close to our hotel. We really enjoyed this tour and it was obvious Elena was very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing with us the food and history of Athens. Her personal observations were enlightening and we toured amazing areas of Athens we would never have experienced without her.

We enjoyed a wide variety of foods, meats, cheeses, olives, sweets, pastas, traditional greek foods like moussaka and dolmates and Greek coffee in many different establishments. We so enjoyed the food we returned to some of the restaurants again! Elena also sent us her favorite recipes of some of the delicious items we sampled.

Scheduling through Greeking.me was easy and they were very prompt answering questions we had during the scheduling process. This was a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience and I would suggest it to anyone going to Greece.

Visited: November 2017

Authentic Greek Cuisine food tour - Not to be missed!
Authentic Greek Cuisine food tour - Not to be missed!

This food tour was my favorite experience from my recent trip to Greece. The walking tour began in Syntagma Square and ended in Psirri, stopping in several neighborhoods over the four hour tour. The tour purposely avoided obvious selections (Gyros, Souvlaki), providing samples of Greek cuisine from places our guide, Elena, visited as a child and continues to visit as an adult. Most places we stopped had been operating in that location, specializing in one food item, for generations, now operated with children and sometimes grandchildren of the original proprietor.

Our tour group was small; there were only 3 of us. The portions were extremely generous and there was never any pressure to purchase the products we were sampling. The tour moved at a leisurely pace, but make sure you are wearing good walking shoes. There are plenty of opportunities to sit down, talk with each other while savoring each morsel. But that wasn't all. Later that night, Elena sent each of us a personalized email listing all 10 stops, their addresses and the name of what we tried. I highly and enthusiastically recommend this tour.

***For a minimal fee (USD5.00) GREEKINGME put together a day-by-day itinerary for my for the length of my stay in Athens. It included sites, activities, restaurants and night life options.

Visited: October 2017

Terrific Athens food tour
Terrific Athens food tour

Our tour with Eleni was fabulous. We loved seeing parts of Athens we would never have found and tasting authentic Greek dishes. Eleni was a perfect host, so warm and interesting. She was an excellent ambassador for Greek cuisine and gave us a glimpse of how Greeks live outside the tourist haunts. We were very pleased to receive a follow-up email with notes from our tour, some favorite recipes and even her suggestions for food in our upcoming stay in Santorini.
We try to do food tours in cities we visit and this was an excellent choice. One of my favorite discoveries in Greece was the drink Mastixa. We bought a bottle at one of Eleni’s stops and smiled everytime we had a drink. I only hope I can find it in the US. Eleni and GreekingMe tours were a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Athens.

Visited: October 2017