Athens

Small-Group Greek Traditional Food Tour around Athens with Tastings

Badge of ExcellenceAthina, Greece
Enjoy Greek food and discover Athens
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover Athens in the best way possible with this delicious foodie tour. Explore different areas of the city on foot and learn about contemporary life and culture. Avoid tourist traps and head to beloved local markets, delis, and family-owned tavernas to sample souvlaki, dolmades, spanakopita, koulouri, olives, and more. Your tour concludes with a meze lunch and wine at a traditional taverna.
  • Explore Athens and learn about local food and culture
  • Sample 20 delicious foods including meze lunch with wine
  • Family-friendly activity with discount for kids
  • Vegetarian options upon request

Sample Menu

Main

Kleftiko , Gyros

Lamb on the bone served with lemon flavoured potatoes with Greek salad. Gyros, pork or chicken. All meals can be adapted for vegetarians

Dessert

Bougatsa

Its a surprise but we are confident you will love it!

Starter

Tastings

Greek coffee, Koulouri, olives, halva, fruits, nuts, cured meat and cheeses. Ouzo and wine.

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Private transportation

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Athinas 3
    Athinas 3, Athina 105 54, Greece

    Athinas 3, Athina 105 54 next to the 2nd entrance to Monastiraki Metro and the entrance to the bar, MS Roof Garden. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Athinas+3,+Athina+105+54,+Greece/@37.9770038,23.7255411,19z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x14a1bd23189e4787:0xde31def65010d44a!8m2!3d37.9769996!4d23.7260883

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide and small group (there’s a maximum of 10 on this tour) near the entrance to Monastiraki metro station to begin your foodie adventure.

Your first stop is Athens Central Market, where you’ll learn to shop like an Athenian, meet the traders, and eat a delicious meal of lamb on the bone (kleftiko).

Sample cheese, cured meats, fruit, olive oil, honey, sweets, and spices as you stroll the streets of atmospheric Psirri, meeting local shopkeepers as you do so. Then sit down in a taverna for one of Athens’ very best gyros plus wine fresh from the barrel.

There’s time for a bougatsa (custard pie) dessert and of course Greek coffee and ouzo before you return to Monastiraki for a photo stop at a viewpoint. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available on request.

Central Market Athens

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Monastiraki

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Evripidou

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 1 paying adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • When booking the tour starting at 4pm some of the market will be closed
  • On Sunday the markets are shut so we do not visit them. We have a honey and olive oil tasting instead
  • Most dietery requirements can be accommodated including vegetarian, vegan and GF
  • We have over 5000 online reviews
  • Licensed tourism office number EOT 0259E70000815901
  • Featured on UK TV show, A new life in the sun
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Excellent trip! Worth to go!
Yiyuan_H, Feb 2024
I love this trip! Our guide Rachel is awesome. She told us lots of interesting stories and knowledge. We walked in the market just like local people. All the food she prepared for us was special and unique. You can not only taste it but also know how to cook it and why people like it. If you are interested in local food. Do not hesitate to book this trip!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Such a pleasure to meet you both Yiyuan and thank you for spending a part of Chinese new year with us! It was lovely to meet you.
Most incredible authentic experience
Kelly_B, Feb 2024
This was hands down the best food tour of my life ! Our guide was a local born and raised but her English could easily pass as a native speaker. We tried everything! And once I couldn’t eat any more , we tried 5 more things! Guide went above and beyond ! If you are in Athens , book this ! It’s a value at twice the price !
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you Kelly!! What a lovely review and waht a lovely time we spent together.
Great food tour
ltyloh, Jan 2024
We went on this tour with Rachel. So happens we were the only two on the tour and had a private tour! Rachel took us to some interesting non-touristy places which we would have never have found by ourselves. We tried a variety of foods along the way to two sit down meals. Rachel was very knowledgable about the food and also gave us some context. We really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it at the beginning of a trip to Athens. Of course, come with an empty stomach!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
The pleasure was all mine. Very happy to know you enjoyed the tour and hope we meet again in the future.
Brilliant and tasteful
Melkuhn_A, Jan 2024
This was our best foodie experience ever. I guess if I will come back to Athens , I will go again. These foods were excellent, varied, lively. Guides are friendly and informative. In 3,5 hours we ate through ourselves in Athens. Brilliant. Thanks a lot.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for such a lovely review. We really appreciate you chosing us and are very happy to know you enjoyed it,
Best food tour in Athens
Virginia_P, Nov 2023
There aren’t enough good things to say about our food tour with Rachel!!!! It was one of the best tours we have ever experienced. Rachel is fun and extremely knowledgeable of the Greek food and culture. We experienced the Greek markets, and tried everything from olives to spices to honey. The food we ate was amazing! When you book this tour, go hungry as there will be more food to try than you’ll be able to eat. Rachel orders the meals based on who the guests are and she personalizes the experience for you. If you are traveling to Athens and want to experience Greek food, this is the tour for you!!!! Thank you Rachel!!! It was our most memorable day in your beautiful city!!!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you so much! I am delighted to know you enjoyed the tour so much. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with you!
Fantastic Flavour of Athens and the Local Food
Mandy_D, Nov 2023
The walking tour was a brilliant experience. Taking in the sights and smells of the non tourist Athens and tasting great traditional food and drink. Our guide Arela was so knowledgable and filled the 3 hours with interesting facts, with lots of fun and laughs.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you Mandy. We are delighted to know you enjoyed the tour so much.
Great Tour and Wonderful Food
Maureen_M, Nov 2023
Mike was very knowledgable and seemed to know everyone. He took us to so many great food places (shops, restaurants and market stalls) and we definitely didn't need any dinner! Rachel joined us at the last stop - another great place - and it was wonderful to meet her too. Definitely a great tour and one we would not only recommend but will join again next time we are in Athens.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted to know you enjoyed the tour as we enjoyed to meet you too. Maik
We ate our feelings
AnaMarisa_R, Nov 2023
Omg Arela was fantastic! We ate SOOOO much! Note to people who register for this tour.. DO NOT eat anything prior to taking this food tour. You will be fed a LOT!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very happy to know you enoyed your time with Arela.
Excellent introduction to authentic Greek food
Linda_N, Oct 2023
Maik was an excellent guide. We ate so many food items. He knew every shopkeeper and freely moved about each store getting things for us to try. We learned about virgin olive oil, how phyllo is made, how different olives are seasoned and so much more. In the spice shop we could smell different spices and he would explain how to use it. Watching the brewing of authentic Greek coffee in heated sand was so interesting. In the final restaurant his wife, Rachel, joined us. She added additional information about the food. We ate many different dishes such as beans, stuffed red peppers, anchovies and drank Uzo. We ate much more than I’ve listed here. Come prepared to eat.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you Linda for such a lovely review. It was lovely to show you around and introduce you to some of Greeces cuisine.. see you next time! Maik
Great!!
Catherine_C, Oct 2023
We had a great time on this food tour! Our tour guides were very personable & accommodating. They always made sure that everyone’s questions were answered & that we had plenty to eat! The food was amazing & they provided a great variety of stops. Thank you for an awesome day! I would highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your recommendation Catherine. We appreciate it and enjoyed meeting you very much.
Rachel was THE BEST tour guide and the food was amazing too!
Lizzy_W, Oct 2023
Rachel introduced herself at the beginning of the tour and let everyone introduce themselves as well. This really helped all of us get to know each other better and even cheer each other on as we tried different foods. Rachel's knowledge of the food and also of the various neighborhoods was incredible. She was the best food tour guide we have ever had. The four of us (Lizzy, Eley, Ziggy and Darlene) family members had never been to Greece before, and we were ecstatic to have such a wonderful experience to start our time in Greece. She even explained about the "evil eye" which we saw in every other Greek city we were in. It was such a great opportunity to talk to the others in the tour as well as we were able to share our stories as well. Rachel as a tour guide should be given a perfect score. We would love to catch up with her the next time we get to Athens!!!! Thank you, Rachel, for introducing us to the great Grecian food and helping us create wonderful memories!!!! Well done!!!!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Lizzie thank you so much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet all 4 of you and i am happy to know how much you enjoyed it. I hope to meet you again in the future.
Amazing food, amazing host
Nathaniel_P, Oct 2023
Hello to our host Mike if you are reading this😊 I just wanted to express what an amazing time my husband and I had while we were on our food tour with you. As you know we came to Greece on our honeymoon! We came in hopes of having a fun time but also a time full of facts and education about this beautiful and historic place. This food tour gave us everything we were looking for. It was such a lovely time learning the sentimental reasons why Greek people love certain dishes, being able to try the best quality food all throughout Athens while also hearing more about how the famous Greek ingredients in most dishes came about. Thank you so much for your hospitality and for truly loving what you do. When my husband and I come back to Greece I hope to do this food tour again. I would recommend this tour to any first timers in Athens.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you so much my friend. very happy to meet you and show you around Athens.
Great experience.
Steven_G, Oct 2023
Tour guide Michalis was great! Informative, fun and a great time was had by all. Exceeded our expectations.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you Steven. A pleasure to show you around. Maik
DE-LICIOUS!!
EDWIN_B, Oct 2023
Our guide was THE BEST! She was enthusiastic, caring, very knowledgeable about Greece, in general, and the food, in particular. Very caring and considerate of a couple with health concerns even though they weren’t pleasant. Rachel, our guide, helped me connect with the people and country with her love of both. We learned so much. She made my wife want to move here! The food was delicious! 😅 Thank you, Rachel
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you Ed and Susan. You were great guests and i enjoyed our time together! Susan would be a great addition to Athens. We can drink ouzo together!!!
Great tour with delicious food
Rebecca_B, Oct 2023
This tour was so wonderful! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job balancing history, culture and food tasting. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you very much. We are very happy you enjoyed the tour.
Great adventure!
Bridgette_B, Oct 2023
Mike is an excellent guide. Provided great information. Very knowledgeable and personable. Great food!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you Bridgette, my pleasure to introduce you to Athens food. Maik
Must-Do Food Tour
Brady_E, Oct 2023
An absolute must-do in Athens! Our guide Mike was fantastic. You get to try a ton of traditional Greek foods that were all delicious! You’d better come prepared to eat, cause you’ll be stuffed after eating all the amazing food. Plus you get to see a large and vibrant marketplace. Highly recommend and would do it again if I make it back!!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you very much for your kind words. Very nice to meet you. Maik
A truly brilliant experience!
Edward_W, Oct 2023
On our 5 day trip to Athens, this was the highlight for both me and my wife. A great tour, with a good balance of walking and sitting, LOTS of different dishes to try, and a good way to be introduced to both cuisine and local areas. We did it on our last day, and regretted not doing it earlier! Arella was fantastic as our guide. We went as a couple with a 6 month old, and there was a group of 6 adults also with us, all with a shared love of food and exploring local cuisine and culture! 10/10 would recommend this specific tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you Edward for your kind review. It was a pleasure for us to show you all around.
An amazing tour you don’t want to miss!
Anna_S, Oct 2023
What an amazing experience. Rachel was the perfect guide to walk us though the streets of Athens as a local and share all of her knowledge regarding Greek diets, food and way of life. we had so many tastings and a fantastic lunch. e learned all about olive oil and olives, lemon trees, spices, teas, honey and of course the local fish market. Rachel had excellent relationships with all the shop owners and allowed us time to purchase edible souvenirs. She also gave excellent recommendations to our entire group depending on what part of town or what islands they were going to visit. Don’t miss this tour - it was one of our most favorite experiences in Athens. Thank you Rachel!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was a real pleasue to meet you.
Greek Food Odyssey!
Karl_S, Oct 2023
Mike our guide was excellent! This is a wonderful tour to sample traditional Greek foods and beverages, sample many varieties of olives, honey, spices, cheeses, meats, and to tour a Greek market. We had an outstanding experience! Thank you Mike!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you Karl, my friend. I enjoy to meet you very much. Maik
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