Vegans in Athens, you are in good hands! Together we will get to know our planet-friendly food choices in the city, championing the best local ingredients and flavours!
Greece is the epicentre of Mediterranean food and lifestyle. This is where the motto “You are what you eat” was born thousands of years ago. As a matter of fact the concept of avoiding meat and dairy products was actually invented in ancient Greece! Can you guess who could be the first vegan in Greece ? It’s Pythagoras! Being also a philosopher, he believed that killing animals for their meat brutalised the human soul. He was so strictly true to his ideas of not feeding on any animals, that since then the “Pythagorean” diet was referred to what we call today a vegan diet!
Visit an alternative neighbourhood called Exarcheia favoured mostly by locals! There, you will find every street decorated with politically charged murals and many hidden bookstores selling rare vinyls and vintage guitars. Just off the centre of Athens, you will have the chance to support dedicated ambassadors of ethical eating in Greece and enjoy local recipes with a plant-based approach. If you’d like to pair this with a vegan wine tasting, we can also offer a tailor-made Athens Wine Tasting Experience.
Start off with a refreshing juice or a nutritious smoothie in a colourful juice bar where their motto is “Pro healthy, pro vegan!”. Right on spot, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to add in the mix.
Following up, you will savour some popular Greek dishes such as “moussaka” in an extra tasteful vegan version with organic black beans and a béchamel sauce of coconut milk, as well as vegan “soutzoukakia”, some delicious eggplant balls flavoured with a mixture of spices.
Continue your adventure in the most well-known spot for souvlaki if you’re vegan in Athens! The very first vegan souvlaki joint in Athens, offers a handful of alternative gyro options (different types of marinated mushrooms with delicious sauces served with country-style fries) and one extra delicious option, the meat-free kebab made of lentils. You will also try their version of the vegan Dakos salad with traditional Cretan rusks, juicy tomato and almond vegan cheese.
Right across the street you will find yourselves in a small store with minimal decoration, but not minimal options. Here you will enjoy Greek doughnuts – one of the oldest desserts in the world- that we call loukoumades! Among the excellent vegan options “dulce de leche” and “hazelnut praline” stand out.
Interested in more options? Receive excellent tips by your local food expert of what to eat in Greece and where to enjoy nutritious meals during your stay in Athens. Find out all about the wholesome foods we cook in our Greek kitchens and how to recreate Greek vegan recipes back home.
Did you know? We can create a private food tour exclusively for you. Drop us a message. If you’d like even more experiences to choose between, take a look at the entire Greekality range of Athens food tours.