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The best food experiences in Greece

It is nearly impossible to have a bad meal in Greece. Feta, good olive oil, and fresh vegetables are able to turn any recipe into a delicious feast. Combine this with fresh fish or a souvlaki and you have heaven on a plate. Food should be a part of any Greek experience and is available on any budget. Here are the top food experiences you can find in Greece. Enjoy!

Try traditional Greek dishes

You can not leave Greece without trying moussaka, tzatziki, souvlaki, and spanakopita. Unless you’re on a plant based diet. Then, Sarmadakia, Fáva, and Kolothàkia tiganita are amongst the must-try Greek foods. I challenge you to try as many Greek recipes as possible, instead of sticking to the one you already know or love. I’m sure you will be surprised by all the amazing tastes of the country!

Visit a local market

Local markets in Greece are held in town squares or public spaces. The markets are known for their bustling atmosphere, haggling and bargaining, and the opportunity to sample local foods and products. Local markets in Greece offer a unique and authentic experience, offering a glimpse into the traditional way of life and the country’s rich food and cultural heritage. The Greek markets are the place to find local delicacies. From fresh vegetables to regional cheeses, and local wine.

Take a cooking class

Cooking classes in Greece offer a unique and hands-on way to experience the country’s rich culinary heritage. Participants have the opportunity to learn about traditional Greek ingredients and cooking techniques, and to prepare a variety of dishes from scratch.

Classes are typically led by experienced Greek chefs and take place in a variety of settings, from professional kitchens to outdoor kitchens in traditional villages. Some classes may focus on specific regional cuisines or ingredients, such as the seafood of the Aegean or the olive oil-based dishes of the Peloponnese.

In addition to learning how to cook authentic Greek dishes, many cooking classes in Greece also provide cultural and historical context, allowing participants to gain a deeper understanding of the country’s culinary traditions. Some classes may even include visits to local markets, where participants can learn about the different ingredients used in Greek cooking and purchase ingredients for the class.

Dine at a tavern

A Greek tavern is a sort of traditional and layed-back restaurant. Here, you can eat variety of local dishes and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. The ultimate Greek experience is to order a sample of dishes, to put in the middle of the table for everyone to join.

Greek table with seafood fish salad and fries in Greek taverns

Explore Greek street food

Unlike in many other countries, street food in Greece is traditional and local. Don’t expect to find a Mc Donald’s of KFC close by. Instead, a gryrosstand is what you are looking for!

Have breakfast at a bakery

Although Greek dinner and lunch are delicious, enjoying Greek breakfast is one of my favorite food experiences in Greece. Bakeries offer amazing sweets, like Baklava, Kataifi, and Galaktoboureko. Besides, there is a wide variety of savory pitas and Bougatsas, Koulouri, and Peinirli. To make things even better, Greek bakeries have all the famous and delicious Greek coffees.

snacks in greece bakery with traditional oven on brick wall koulouri

Eat with the Greeks

If you have the opportunity to join a Greek home-cooked feast, don’t even doubt for a second to say yes. Greek (grand-) mothers are the best cooks you can find in the country! They spend hours in the kitchen to prepare the most flavorful dishes, full of love and care. Home-cooked Greek food is a staple of Greek culture and family life.

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