Heraklion For Foodies

Discover Cretan culture through traditional dishes & local eateries!



4 hours
Group Type
Private Tour
Daily - send us an inquiry

Short Description

Discover the wealth of Cretan gastronomy and indulge in a chorus of earthy flavors with our Heraklion food tour! Follow a scenic city trail through Heraklion's streets and narrow alleys to find traditional eateries whilst experience the local vibe! Taste puffy Cretan pastries, delicious cheese, traditional Cretan dishes and mouthwatering desserts, while learning all about Cretan cuisine! All the riches of the Cretan land straight to your palate!

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

What you can expect

What better way to experience Heraklion city than eating your way through it? Whether you are a passionate foodie or a traveler going after unique experiences, this gastronomy tour will tease your senses! Get the chance to eat unique dishes and taste Cretan flavors in places that locals prefer away from the tourist traps. Walk through the bustling Heraklion and taste the best cream pie in town, the famous “bougatsa”. Duck into the Old Market of the city and visit the best place to taste delicious local cheese; devour different kinds of Cretan cheese and find out about the cheese tradition in Crete with your expert food guide! Next, your cullinary experience will lead you to a small honey shop where you will be introduced to the art of beekeeping and taste two different kinds of local honey full of Cretan aromas!

Wander through small laneways around the Old Market just to discover unique traditional bakeries; time to indulge in delicious Cretan pastries, such as “kalitsounia”, and Cretan biscuits, such as "ladokouloura" - everything made according to grandmother's recipes! Explore the thousands of different Cretan herbs in a cozy herb shop and enjoy a reviving tea of herbs from the Cretan mountains. Continue your culinary experience with traditional loukoumades and traditional pie-bites.

Lose yourself in the town's alleys for a while just to end up in a cozy restaurant by the Venetian Harbour of Heraklion - in a place where your eyes meet the blue sea; relish local dishes, such as "Dakos" or "dolmadakia" and first class seafood! And our topping for the end of your food experience? Traditional dessert and raki!

This is where your journey to the Cretan cullinary scene of Heraklion finishes and you are ready to go with the best memories of the city!

Why book this tour?

  • Enjoy the personal attention of an expert food guide
  • Discover Cretan culture through traditional dishes and local eateries
  • Relish at least 15 tastings of traditional Cretan food
  • Enjoy local drinks such as Cretan wine and raki
  • Explore the best eateries in Heraklion and the city itself
  • Adjusted to any food requirements you may have
  • Available daily as a private tour - please send us an inquiry

Tour Reviews

Superb food tour. And Athina is an incredible guide!
Superb food tour. And Athina is an incredible guide!

You must do this tour. Athina is an incredible guide. In love with her country and with all the good foods that you can find in Crete. Absolutely no need to take a breakfast before. You will eat really well. and with all the flavors. I was expecting a good experience and it was close to a dream

Visited: October 2017

One of the best food tours we've had!
One of the best food tours we've had!

Our guide, Athina, was indeed an amazing foodies guide! Not only did she take us to those unique places promised by you, she also gave us a very interesting information and way to look at the people who make the food so unique.

She made sure we have no allergies, what kind of food we're interested in, etc. We didn't go only to restaurants, but also visited small places in which only local ingredients are being used, such as spices, herbs and honey. Got small and sweet gifts from those places.
As someone who lives there almost all of her life, also coming back from other places in the world and appreciating the local food she's been used to since childhood, Athina is indeed a super enthusiastic, friendly and approaching guide.

Visited: September 2017

Crete Food Tour
Crete Food Tour

Thank you very much for the lovely experience. We started our day with coffee and Bugatta and carried on with a wide selection of different delicacies. Finished our day with lovely seafood restaurant on sea front . The next day my husband enjoyed the wine tasting in opus wine bar while I enjoyed the accompanying food. Athena and Dimetra were fabulous guides.

You must try this Heraklion Food Tour!
You must try this Heraklion Food Tour!

We are always interested in the local dining scene and with only a week in Crete we decided to book a foodies walking tour of Heraklion. Communication with Dimitra was excellent and they can cater the tour for food allergies, preferences or perceived "intolerances". We were met at the arranged time by Dimitra and Athena and we the embarked on a tour of honey shops, herbalist, pastry shops, taverna and seafood restaurants. Our guides were very informative about the food and Heraklion in general. Their English was perfect. The range of cakes and cheeses were impressive. We cannot recommend enough.