Guide to Street Food in Athens
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Athens is the capital of Greece and is undoubtedly one of the greatest hubs for Greek street-food in the county. Two things often come to mind when Greek food is mentioned; souvlaki and strong black coffee. However, on the bustling streets of Athens, there is so much more to choose from. From savory to sweet, healthy to heavy, there’s something for everyone! Here’s more information:
While souvlaki may be over-abundant, there are two souvlaki joints well worth mentioning. These two places are easy to remember because they both have the same name, Kostas. If you love spicy food, the Kostas on Agias Irinis Square covers their souvlaki in a delicious red sauce. This secret recipe has brought back loyal spicy souvlaki fans since 1984. The other Kostas, located on Pentelis 5, has been in business for ten years. The souvlaki here is quite literally world-famous. Kostas only serves food until the fresh ingredients from the morning run out, so you better get there early! You can even try out the worthy vegan souvlaki at Amanita Grill.
Another great treat street food on the streets of Athens is the tiropita, or “cheese pie.” The best cheese pie in Athens can be found at the Ariston bakery, which has been in operation since 1910. Ariston serves old-fashioned tiropita and other traditional Greek pies. You can also easily find tiropita and other types of pita in bakeries and cafes all over the city. It is possible to walk into these places and get your pita to go so you can eat a quick bite on the streets. This is a particularly common thing to do for a quick breakfast or late morning snack.
What’s life without a little dessert? Athens has some of the most delicious sweets in the world. One dessert, thessaloniki, can even cure your hangover according to local legend! At only just a dollar per piece, this custard-filled pastry made from filo dough is a staple for late-night drinkers. The best part about this treat is that it’s topped with cinnamon!
Popular among children, loukoumadhes are similar to American donuts, only they’re better. Fried dough dressed in cinnamon and honey will leave you wanting more. If you want old-world loukoumadhes, you simply must try the ones at Krinos. They have been serving up sweets since 1923.
Named after the man who invented the sandwich, Montagu’s serves scrumptious Athenian sandwiches paired with delicious coffee and tasty juices. If it’s bagels you are craving, Amandine fills theirs with all kinds of divine fillings. To try out more than 100 hangover-curing hot dogs, be sure to wander down to Johnie Hot Dog.
If you want to sit and enjoy a fine spirit with your fresh seafood, Zisis puts a modern twist on the classic ouzerie. If you want seafood on the go, try the Fish Cafe. This chippy serves their dishes in a signature paper cone. This kind of chippy isn’t often found in Britain anymore, so you are in for a treat. It is a great place to grab a bite before checking out the Acropolis Museum.
Whether you come to Athens for the sweet, the savory, or everything in between, one thing is certain, Athenians will always be lovers of great food. No matter the economic conditions, the gastronomic culture will stay alive and well in this beautiful country. Kalí órexi! Enjoy your meal!
This post was written by Greek Boston