Food in Athens: 15 Most Popular Dishes and Where to Eat in Athens

Renowned for being very flavourful and fresh, Greek cuisine is loved all over the world, and you are undoubtedly in for a delectable treat if you’re planning a trip to Athens. The cuisine is mainly built on the use of olives and olive oil, grapes, cereals, fruits and vegetables, fish, cheese, lamb, sweet honey, and lots of herbs, amongst other signature ingredients. So, whether you are a vegetarian or not, there is a lot for you to choose from in terms of food when in Athens! Here is a list of 15 famous dishes that you simply must try when traveling to Greece’s capital city.

1. Moussaka

One of the most popular Greek dishes, the Moussaka is a traditional eggplant casserole that is made using sautéed aubergines, pureed tomatoes, minced beef or lamb, onions, garlic and sometimes even cinnamon and nutmeg. It is then topped off with lots of cheese and béchamal sauce. 
Where to find it:
Maiandros Restaurant
Address: Adrianou 47, Athina 105 55, Greece
Timings: 10:30 AM - 12:00 AM

Arcadia Restaurant
Address: Makrigianni 23-27, Athina 117 42, Greece
Timings: 8:00 AM - 12:30 AM

Lithos Tavern
Address: Esopou 17, Athina 105 54, Greece
Timings: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Monday to Saturday)
1:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Sunday)

2. Gyros

Gyros is like a kebab that is made by cooking meat, usually pork or chicken in Athens, on a vertical rotisserie and then stuffing it inside of a pita wrap along with fried potatoes, tzatziki, onions, tomatoes, herbs and lemon. However, lamb or beef can also be used to prepare gyros. 
Where to find it:
All That Jatz
Address: 10 Agiou Filippou, Astiggos &, Athina 105 55, Greece
Timings: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Vegan Beat
Address: Perikleous 56, Athina 105 60, Greece
Timings: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

3. Saganaki

A delight for cheese lovers, saganaki is a well-known Greek dish that is usually eaten as an appetizer. It is mostly prepared using kasseri or even gruyère cheese that is coated in flour and then fried in a small pan such that the surface becomes slightly crunchy while the cheese inside melts. This dish pairs well with salads.  
Where to find it:
Ydria Café
Address: Adrianou 68, Athina 105 56, Greece
Timings: 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Breakfast)

4. Bougatsa

Bougasta is a breakfast pastry that can be sweet or savory; it is made by stuffing phyllo pastry with either creamy custard or with minced meat and cheese. The sweet version is also topped off with icing sugar and cinnamon. You can have this with a cup of coffee. 
Where to find it:
Address: Aiolou 87, Athina 105 51, Greece
Timings: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Tuesday, Thursday to Friday)
Sunday closed

Bougatsa Savas
Address: Tzortz 10, Athina 106 77, Greece
Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM (Monday to Friday)
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Saturday)
Sunday closed

Bougatsadiko Psirri
Address: Pl. Iroon 1, Athina 105 54, Greece
Timings: 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Address: Pesmazoglou 3, Athina 105 59, Greece
Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Saturday)
Sunday closed

5. Souvlaki

Souvlaki, often referred to as kalamaki, is a delicious classic Greek dish that is made by cooking meat (lamb, beef, chicken or pork) on skewers over a charcoal barbeque. It can be had on its own or can be had with different dips like tzatziki, inside of pita bread, on a salad, or with rice and vegetables.
Where to find it:
Oroscopo Restaurant
Address: Antinoros 42-44, Athina 161 21, Greece
Timings: 1:30 PM - 11:30 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)
Monday closed

Souvlaki Athinaiko
Address: Lagoumitzi 68, Athina 117 44, Greece
Timings: 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Street Souvlaki
Address: Kolokotroni 30, Athina 105 62, Greece
Timings: 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM (Monday to Thursday)
11:30 AM - 3:00 AM (Friday to Saturday)
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM (Sunday)

6. Tzatziki

Tzatziki is, without a doubt, one of Greece’s most popular dips or sauces and is had with many dishes like fish, grilled meat, pita bread, souvlaki, gyros, and more. It is made using Greek yogurt, garlic, olive oil, cucumber, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and herbs such as thyme, parsley, dill, mint, etc. 
Where to find it:
Address: Rovertou Galli 25, Athina 117 42, Greece
Timings: 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)
Monday closed

O Thanasis
Address: Mitropoleos 69, Athina 105 55, Greece
Timings: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

7. Choriatiki

Owing to the wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that grow all over Greece, salads are commonly eaten here, with the choriatiki being one of the most well-known ones. It is usually consumed as a side salad and consists of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, olives, and olive oil. 
Where to find it:
Ella Greek Cooking
Address: Mitropoleos 26, Athina 105 63, Greece
Timings: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Monday to Thursday, Sunday)
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM (Friday to Saturday)

Maiandros Restaurant Karamanlidika
Address: Sokratous 1, Athina 105 52, Greece
Timings: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Monday to Saturday)
Sunday closed

8. Dolmades

Dolmades or Dolmadakia are a household staple in Greece and are made by stuffing grape leaves with rice, minced meat like beef, spices, and herbs like dill, thyme, or oregano. Some versions also use hollowed-out vegetables like tomatoes, peppers or courgettes instead of grape leaves. These can be had as appetizers or as a main course. 
Where to find it:
Address: Adrianou 9, Athina 105 55, Greece
Timings: 1:00 PM - 12:00 AM

9. Kolokythokeftedes

If you don’t eat meat, kolokythokeftedes is the perfect choice for you! They are lightly fried fritters that are cooked using pureed or grated courgettes, dill, mint, and other spices, as well as some feta cheese, which makes the inside creamy. They go well with tzatziki and are often eaten as a mezze dish. 
Where to find it:
Address: Sarr 18, Athina 105 53, Greece

Address: Astiggos 8 Monastiraki, Athens Greece
Timings: 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM (Sunday to Thursday)
11:30 AM - 1:30 AM (Friday to Saturday)

10. Spanakopita

A delicious and healthy dish, spanakopita is a spinach pie; it is made by stuffing phyllo pastry with spinach, eggs, onions, herbs, olive oil, and different cheeses like feta cheese. This is a soft and creamy pastry that melts in your mouth and can be had as an appetizer, snack, or main course. 
Where to find it:
Ariston Bakery
Address: Voulis 10, Athina 105 62, Greece
Timings: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM (Tuesday, Thursday to Friday)
Sunday closed

Address: Solonos 73, Athina 106 79, Greece
Timings: 6:15 AM - 8:15 PM (Monday to Friday)
6:15 AM - 5:00 PM (Saturday)
Sunday closed

11. Garides saganaki 

Garides saganaki
Often as a mezze dish or an appetizer with pita bread, garides saganaki, or Greek shrimp saganaki is prepared using sauteed shrimp that is deglazed with ouzo and cooked in tomato sauce. Feta cheese is then sprinkled on top, along with herbs and olive oil. 
Where to find it:
Tavern Klimataria
Address: Pl. Theatrou 2, Athina 105 52, Greece
Timings: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

12. Loukoumades

Loukoumades are some of the world’s oldest pastries and are often said to be Greek doughnuts, made by deep frying small balls of dough that are then dipped in honey syrup. They are also sprinkled with cinnamon, sesame seeds, and chocolate sauce. Many eateries also serve them with modern fillings such as lemon cream. 
Where to find it:
Address: Eolou 21, & Aghias Irinis Str, Athina 105 51, Greece
Timings: 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM (Sunday to Monday, Thursday)
8:00 AM - 3:00 AM (Friday to Saturday)
Tuesday to Wednesday closed

Address: Sokratous 59, Athina 104 31, Greece
Timings: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Saturday)
Sunday closed

13. Amygdalota

Amygdalota are yummy almond cookies usually had at weddings and baptisms. They are baked using ground almonds, eggs, and orange or rose water and turn out to be crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. You would find them in various shapes like balls, crescent-shaped, piped, or pears. 
Where to find it:
Address: Voulis 39, Athina 105 57, Greece
Timings: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Monday to Saturday)
Sunday closed

14. Baklava

A classic Greek dessert, the baklava, is a layered pastry made from phyllo pastry that is filled with ground nuts and honey or syrup. You can also try the galaktoboureko, which is quite similar to the baklava but is filled with custard. 
Where to find it:
Address: Eschilou 4, Athina 105 54, Greece
Timings: 8:00 AM - 1:30 AM

KrinosDeliolanis Antonios
Address: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 100, Athina 117 41, Greece
Timings: Open 24 hours

Nancy’s Sweet Home
Address: Pl. Iroon 1, Athina 105 54, Greece
Timings: 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM

15. Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt with berries
While you might get Greek yogurt in any supermarket around the world, you must try out the authentic Greek version when in Athens. It is prepared using cow or sheep milk (usually fresh from the countryside) that is strained three times in order to give it a thick and creamy texture. You can have it with granola, fresh fruit, muesli, in smoothies, on toast, etc. 
Where to find it:
Address: Marikas Kotopouli 10, Athina 104 32, Greece
Timings: 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM (Monday to Saturday)
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Sunday)

Fresko Yoghurt Bar
Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou 3, Athina 117 42, Greece
Timings: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Where to Eat Street Food in Athens

  • Avli
Avli in Athens
Located in Psiri, Avli is a small tavern that is known for its casual ambiance. It serves a variety of delicious dishes, but the most popular ones are keftedes, which are Greek meatballs; spetzofai which is a casserole consisting of sausage, onions, and pepper as well as small meze platters. 
Address: Ag. Dimitriou 12, Athina 105 54, Greece
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Monday, Wednesday to Thursday, Sunday)
1:00 PM - 3:00 AM (Friday to Saturday)
Tuesday closed
  • Lefteris O Politis
Souvlaki at Lefteris O Politis
Looking for souvlaki? Head over to Lefteris O Politis because their traditional souvlaki is absolutely mouth-watering and is made using warm pita bread, meat straight from the grill, fresh tomatoes, onions, paprika, and parsley. 
Address: Satovriandou 20, Athina 104 32, Greece
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Monday to Thursday)
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Saturday)
Friday and Sunday closed
  • Diporto
Food at Diporto
Diporto is a rustic 19th-century eatery in old Athens that resembles a bunker and is known for only serving a few dishes every day. They usually serve chickpea soup, fried fish, Greek salad, bean soup, and fried sausage which is tasty as well as inexpensive. You should also try out their wine from barrels. 
Address: Sokratous 9 &, Theatrou, Athina 105 52, Greece
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Monday to Saturday)
Sunday closed
H PITTA TOY KARAFLA is located at a street corner in Pagrati and serves exceptional gyros that are pretty inexpensive. It is made using shaved meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, warm pita bread, fresh tomatoes, and onions, spices, and herbs. 
Address: Filolaou 142, Athina 116 32, Greece
3:00 PM - 12:30 AM (Tuesday to Sunday)
Monday closed
  • To Paradosiako
To Paradosiako
If you are looking for scrumptious non-vegetarian food, make sure to visit To Paradosiako. It is known for serving different kinds of meat, including pork, chicken, lamb, rooster, etc. that is carved directly from the spit rotisserie. You can pair it with french fries, salads, and cheeses, as well as beverages like beer and Greek wine. 
Address: Kolokotroni 59, Athina 105 60, Greece
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Tuesday to Sunday)
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Monday)
  • Zisis, Fish in a Cone
Shrimp at Zisis, Fish in a Cone
Popular for its seafood, Zizis is in Athens’ textile district and serves a variety of fried fish in cones that is ideal as a snack. They serve small fried shrimp, grilled squid, battered cod, sardines, anchovies, etc., often with french fries. 
Address: Athinaidos 3, Athina 105 63, Greece
Timings: 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tis Theatrou to Steki
Tis Theatrou to Steki
Tis Theatrou to Steki is a famous eatery in Athens that is known not only for its yummy food but also for feeding hungry workers from farmer’s markets. A few of their dishes include the black eye bean salad, lightly battered and pan-fried small anchovies, whitebait, fava, which is a chickpea dip with shallots and onions, boiled spinach and zucchini, and more. You can have them with different kinds of Greek spirits, cold beer, or homemade wine served in a copper carafe.
Address: Theatrou 7, Athina 105 52, Greece
Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Pandora
Pandora in Athens
Pandora is located close to the Acropolis Museum and is known for making some of the best spanakopita that you would find in all of Athens. What makes it special is that their phyllo dough is homemade, and the final product turns out deliciously flaky!
Address: Lempesi 1, Athina 117 42, Greece
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Saturday)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Sunday)
  • Barbounaki
Barbounaki seafood
Barbounaki, situated in the Kolonaki neighborhood, is a great restaurant to go to if you are in the mood for Mediterranean food, especially seafood. Some of the favorites on their menu include barbounaki which is a small red mullet, steamed cod casserole, trout salad, crayfish orzo pasta, etc.
Address: Charitos 39B, Athina 106 75, Greece
Timings: 1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Skoubri
Skoubri in Athens
A popular tavern in the Koukaki neighborhood, Skoubri is a must-visit owing to its tasty seafood. They are best known for their meze platter featuring grilled fish fillets, chargrilled sardines, orzo with shrimp, octopus, and much more. 
Address: Drakou 14, Athina 117 42, Greece
Timings: 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Along with the multitude of attractions that you would see in Athens, something else that would make your trip here memorable is the delicious food! Greek cuisine is widely loved all over and has something for everyone, no matter their food preferences, and you will surely be left craving more once you return home. So try out all that you can when in Athens and enjoy its many mouth-watering dishes to the fullest.

This post was published by Arushi Bhowmick

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