An Athens food tour is all you need to dig into Greek cuisine and culture at once! If you’re someone who loves to travel and explore new cultures, then taking a food tour should be on your bucket list! What is a food tour in Athens like? Our food tour is a guided experience that will take you through the local cuisine of Athens. It’s an excellent way to sample Greek delicacies, discover hidden food gems, and learn about the culture of Greece.
Here are some reasons why you should take part in an Athens food tour:
1. Try local specialties
One of the main reasons to take a food tour is to sample local specialties that you may not be able to find anywhere else. Food tours allow you to taste the local cuisine, including street food, traditional dishes, and regional specialties. Whether it’s a bowl of pho in Vietnam, tapas in Spain, or a hot dog in New York, a food tour is an excellent opportunity to try new foods and expand your palate. In an Athens food tour, you can start with a light “spanakopita” in the morning to finish up with unique mezedes such as “saganaki” in a traditional tavern in the evening.
2. Discover the city’s hidden gems
Our food tours are only led by locals who first and foremost are foodies themselves, and also happen to know all the best places to eat. They will take you to hidden gems that you might not have found on your own. These hidden spots are usually off the beaten path and offer a more authentic experience. If you join our specially designed Athens food tour, you can learn about the culture of the city while you try dishes that you wouldn’t have known existed.
3. Learn about the culture of the place
Food is an integral part of a culture, and a food tour can give you insights into the local customs and traditions. You can learn about the evolution of the local cuisine, the ingredients used, and the cooking techniques.
For instance, the concept of the Greek “pita” which emerged from ancient Greece as a flatbread flavoured with toppings like herbs, onion, cheese and garlic is also know now as “pide” in Turkey or “pizza” in Italy. In an Athens food tour you will be able to understand the way that different cultures are connected through food and how food cultures are created. Don’t forget that food tours can also give you an understanding of the social and economic factors that influence the local food scene. For example, you can learn why Greeks love “koulouri” so much and how it became the ultimate breakfast on the go in Greece!
4. Meet new people
Food tours are a great way to meet new people when travelling who share the same love for food and trips. It’s the ideal way to connect with other foodies from all over the world, exchange tips and recommendations, and -why not-make new friends. In Greece, we even have a word for it! “Philoxenia” means the “love of the foreign” and the eagerness to show hospitality. Here we love to invite guests in our homes and gather around our table with them to fully enjoy a meal of the day. Our food tours are usually small groups, which means you’ll have a more intimate and personalised experience.
Do you love to cook? Take a look at our unique hands-on experience with a Greek chef here.
5. Support local businesses
By taking one of our food tours, keep in mind that you’re supporting local businesses around Athens. This is our philosophy; our food tours often include visits to family-run restaurants, local markets, and food stalls that rely on tourism for their livelihood. You should now that the GDP (Gross domestic product) is mostly based on the tourism industry here in Greece. By spending your money at these local businesses, you’re helping to sustain the local economy and at the same time promote sustainable tourism.
Interested in exploring a petit wine bar with only Greek wines from our local grape varietals far away from tourist traps? Join our wine tasting tour here.
All in all, food tours are an excellent way to explore a new place, try local specialties, and learn more about local culture and history. We offer more of a unique and authentic experience that you won’t find anywhere else. So, the next time you travel, make sure to include an Athens food tour in your itinerary. You won’t regret it!
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