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Athens Food Tour and Lunch

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    Stop At: The Greek Kitchen, Athinas 36, Athens 105 51 Greece

    Our start and end point is our cooking school, this is where you'll finish with your lunch

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Psirri, Athens Greece

    Take a trip to one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Athens and see the city come to life in a neighbourhood that's gone from industrial to empty to one of the most vibrant areas in the city.
    Visit a special church to learn more about the connections between religion and food.
    Head to one of the oldest bakeries in Athens that's been producing a staple of the Athenian diet for decades for a tasting and to hear the stories of a city coming back to life.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Central Market Athens, Monastiraki Greece

    Head through the winding backstreets of Omonia passing amazing street art and the multicultural centre of Athens where people from all over the world have settled for a new life in Greece. This gritty area is regenerating after years of neglect and is an amazing place to learn about the changing social and culinary scene in the city as people bring new flavours and dishes from their homelands enriching the local food scene; there are still some really old Greek businesses here as well and it's a great place for keen photographers to get some great shots. Stop on the way to taste and learn about the liquid gold of Greece: olives! Enjoy a platter of home grown pickled and preserved goodies and meet the people who produce and supply these dietary staples to the city.
    For those who have in interest in alcohol our next stop will be a good one! Tucked away in a small backstreet is one of the best purveyors of Greek spirits and wine. Stop here for a tasting and to see that there is more to Greek drinks that ouzo.
    Within a few moments you'll be at Varvakios, the central market of Athens where fresh, seasonal produce arrives in abundance; it's a world of colour, aroma and life, always bustling and always exciting: this is one of the few remaining un-gentrified municipal markets left in Europe. Here you'll taste fresh local produce and discover the tiny cafes, bars and shops that have been providing for the locals for generations. Ingredients will be collected here for some of the creations you'll enjoy back at The Greek Kitchen!

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Central Market Athens, Monastiraki Greece

    As we leave the fresh produce section of the market you'll get a break and the chance to buy a cup of coffee at one of the best roasters in Athens; see how kafe Ellinikos, Greek coffee, is made and served, the aroma in this bustling shop is amazing and a pick-me-up in itself!
    Take the moment to relax, browse the wonderful sweet products on offer like spoon sweet and halva and enjoy a chat with your Greek Kitchen Host.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Central Market, Athinas 42, Athens 999-20 Greece

    Busy, noisy and real: Varvakios Central Market Hall has been the best source for meat, fish and seafood in Athens since the mid-1800's. People still flock here from all over the city to pick up the best items, it's especially crazy during festive periods when food traditions are at their most important. Your Greek Kitchen Host will tell you all about these times as you walk through the halls.
    During your time in the meat hall you'll stop at a butcher for the unique experience of creating your own chicken souvlaki sticks: one of the best on-the-go snacks on offer in Greece, you'll grill them back at The Greek Kitchen at the end of the tour (non-meat eaters will make vegetable souvlaki sticks, be sure to let your host know).
    In Greece we know where our food comes from, we know the animals and the cuts and now you will learn as you pass from the meat hall to the fish and seafood with more recipe ideas and information on what's in the local dishes for inspiration for your future dining during your stay in Greece.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Central Market Athens, Monastiraki Greece

    Greece is made up of many diverse regions, each having their own unique dishes, produce and flavours. Now we will explore some stores that sell products from Crete, one of the most fertile and productive areas in the country with an exceptionally good cuisine and some of the best products available. Enjoy here a selection of goods before stopping at a local, family owned dairy store where the best yogurt in Greece is here for the tasting!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: The Greek Kitchen, Athinas 36, Athens 105 51 Greece

    It's time to head back to The Greek Kitchen with our shopping! You'll want a rest after the journey we just been on and now you can.
    Your Greek Kitchen Host will teach you some simple and delicious dishes that will liven up your hosting skills before you sit down to enjoy a lunch and the opportunity to talk to your host, they have all the info on the food scene in Athens and are more than happy to help you plan your time in the city as well as answering any questions you might still have from the tour.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Reviewed 28 June 2019 via mobile

    What a great morning! I was the only one on the tour so I had my own personal tour through Athens. We stopped for coffee, koulouri, loukoumades, pastrami and cheeses, wine and greek spirits while walking the streets of athens. We even stopped in to...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Louise N
    Reviewed 28 June 2019

    It was a great experience! The staff was very friendly and the cooking class met my expectations and I would definitely recommend it. If i’ll come back to Greece i’ll come again for sure. Thank you for an amazing evening!!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank kristy2019p
    Stephen A, Owner at The Greek Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for you for your lovely review and we are so pleased that you had a great experience at The Greek Kitchen!

    Reviewed 3 March 2019

    i start this review by saying that this for our family we are the third "round" after our daughtr family and the parents of our son-in-law. So we knew "The Greek Kitchen" is the tour we want whne in Athens. Georgina Prasinou was our guide,...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank baeinav
    Reviewed 20 September 2018

    The tour through the market with Nick was fabulous, the unusual cuts of meat explained well, along with uses for locally caught seafood. Then it was back to the kitchen to prepare the autumn menu. It’s hands on and recipes happily emailed through at the...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank Kel C
    Reviewed 13 August 2018

    We enjoyed a Market tour with our wonderful guide Nic. He was so knowledgeable about food, politics, and general Greek culture. We loved going to all the stops, and had wonderful snacks provided! Our 14 year old son enjoyed being Nic's "sous chef" when he...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank dawnd5115
    Stephen A, Owner at The Greek Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2018

    Kalimera! I am so pleased that you enjoyed your tour with Nik! He's really a great member of our team and we are really pleased with the work that he does for us! Thank you for this lovely review and I hope that we get...More

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