While I was in Greece for TBEX (a travel blogger conference), I had the opportunity to go on the awesome Athens Food Tour! I love tasting the local flavours when I travel to new cities, so this tour was the perfect way to kick start my trip to Athens. The tour took us outside the tourist areas and straight into the real side of the city. The local side. The Athens Food Tour brought us deep into the colors, smells, tastes and textures of local delicacies, while showing us the truly authentic shops and restaurants in the city. But the thing that I loved most about the tour was the fact that we weren’t just learning about food, we were learning about the history of Greece and things only local people knew. Our guide was wonderfully passionate and knowledgeable of Greek culinary heritage. She told us all about the Greek family traditions and how food has been a major part of their history, as well as detailed insights into the relationship between food and religion. She brought us through the colourful shops, tempting bakeries and spectacular food markets, giving us samples to taste along the way. From traditional Greek oil, to feta cheese and olives – not to mention the wine and liquor! My personal favourite stop was Kpivos, where we got to see how they make Loukoumades (the insanely delicious Greek style donuts!).
This culinary adventure was an experience I will never forget! When you visit Athens, this should be on top of your to-do list. Make sure to book early as spaces are limited! The tour begins at 9:30 am from Monday-Saturday and ends close to Monastiraki Square (Athens Flea Market), which is a great area to explore afterwards. For now I’m going to let the photos do the talking! (Prepare to get hungry!)