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Working out a budget for food

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Working out a budget for food

Hi all,

Just wanting to know how much to budget for Greece food wise... I'm travelling through the Peloponnese (3 nights Nafplion, 2 nights Monemvasia, 2 nights Mystras, 1 nights Athens).

I'm trying to gauge how much prices are in Greece, because in Australia (well at least Western Australia) food is quite expensive... Is it possible you could give me average prices for the items below (I've put down what to expect in Aus) We arent wanting to eat fancy just average really:

Capuccino : $4.5 / Euro 3.15

Esspresso : $3 / Euro 2.1

Souvlaki: $10 / Euro 7

Pizza (cheap) : $10 Euro 7

Pizza (good) : $20 Euro 14

Bowl of pasta (cheap) : $15 / Euro 10.50

Bowl of pasta (good) : $25 / Euro 17.50

Big breakfast : $15 / Euro 10.50

Average restaurant : $25-$35 / Euro 17.5 - 24.50

Expensive restaurant : $30 - $40 / Euro 21 - 28

Also, are there any foods that we should look out for while travelling (preferably cheapish).

Thanks for all your help!

Greg

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1. Re: Working out a budget for food

Two people can eat out with a shared salad, starter plate, 2 mains & some wine/beers for anything from €18 to €30. For best food & best prices eat where the locals eat, select a salad & 3 or 4 mezes plates between you & that will keep the price low. Or get take-away gyros at €2 - €3 & stock up on beer/soft drink/water from the supermarket & sit on a seafront or at a viewpoint. Avoid large fish - sold by the kilo & if you don't choose carefully can be very expensive. Lots of good salads, dips, veggie plates with bread & potatoes can be very filling. You won't be getting many bowls of pasta or pizzas in authentic Greek places & certainly not at the prices you quote above! Pork steaks, chicken, local sausage, cooked dishes like stifado & moussaka will be the most usual offerings.

Have coffee in a backstreet so you are not paying a premium for the view. Same with beers.

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2. Re: Working out a budget for food

As tsipouro suggests, it's worth trying the local food rather than what you get in Aus. Look at the menu, ask the waiter and see what you fancy. Pasta and pizza are italian - but they can be found in Greece, particularly spaghetti with tomato sauce or bolognese, you will often see pizza on a kids menu designed for tourists.

Big breakfast? You mean eggs as well as bread or did you want something like an English breakfast? You have chosen some nice Greek places, they have a good choice of Greek restaurants but not many tourist places that offer the food you eat at home. Be adventurous, try local Greek food and to keep the cost within what tsipouro suggests don't order too much, you can share dishes.

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3. Re: Working out a budget for food

Greek breakfast, if supplied by your accommodation, will usually be buffet style & include things like cereals, cakes, bread, eggs, cold ham, cheese, preserves, juice, coffee etc etc. We don't eat much in the morning so tend to go for places that don't offer included breakfast & then pop to a local bakery for some bread, pizza, tyropittes etc for mid-morning/lunch. If breakfast is included we often eat just a little & ask to take a few things away with us to eat later, which save buying lunch some days.

If you eat out at night & find you have ordered too much food then ask for a "doggy-bag" & stick it in the fridge for next day snacks/picnics. But it's very casual eating out n Greece - order food, share it then if still hungry just order another dish or some more bread. Or move onto another place for coffee & cakes, or ouzo & mezes.

Did not mean pizza & pasta won't be available BTW - just that it will tend to be an indicator of a more tourist orientated place. Small savoury pizzas are often on sale in the local bakery - delicious!

You can economise on the odd night by just buying some bread, cheese, olives, tomatoes, fruit etc & making a picnic around a bottle of wine but to be quite honest you won't save much over a carefully chosen meal in a local taverna.

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4. Re: Working out a budget for food

Capuccino / Espresso : Euro 1 - 2.20 to go / Euro 2.5 - 5 depending the place, served / Coffee is more expensive in Greece + people spend a lot of time around a coffee chatting, instead of a quick coffee fix.

Souvlaki: Euro 1.70 - 3.00. Souvlaki is cheap in Greece. And better : )

Pizza (cheap) : 4.50 - 7.00 depending the place.

Pizza (good) : All pizzas are good : )

Bowl of pasta (cheap) : You can find some places serving at around 5 euros.

Bowl of pasta (good) : I don't think you 'll find pasta more expensive than 7 - 10 euros.

Big breakfast : A hearty breakfast can go anywhere from 4 euros to 10 euros. You don't have to go to a place that offers "breakfast". Just hop in a coffee shop and "create" a breakfast ordering coffee + juice + croissant. This will go around appx. 5 - 9 euros per person.

Average restaurant : Euro 5 - 20 per person.

Expensive restaurant : Euro 20 - 40 per person while sky is the limit when we are talking about some very few but very good Michelin star restaurants.

Be careful when ordering fish anywhere: Fish is sold by kilo usually, NOT by portion and it is quite expensive. DO ask price per kilo and expected weight before ordering to control cost and / or ask to see the fish. This is the norm in most fish tavernas and it won't be considered inappropriate.

Edited: 27 October 2013, 15:47
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5. Re: Working out a budget for food

nick has it right, of course. Just to add about the fish, you can get calamari (frozen), sardines and other small fishes from €6-€9 per portion. Fresh octopus is about €10 per portion which is normally enough for two people if you have with salad and chips. Even with a half kilo of local wine, you wouldn't spend more than €20 for such a meal.

Don't ask for chips which in Greece are potato crisps. If you want chips, ask for patates.

As you're going to Monemvasia, be aware that restaurants in the Kastro are relatively expensive. For cheap eats, go to Gefira on the mainland end of the causeway.

Edited: 27 October 2013, 16:25
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