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Restaurants that Will Leave their Mark on You in Athens

Athens is not just Greek art but also pure cuisine in capital letters. The Greek capital tastes of feta cheese, of moussaka, of souvlaki, of tzatziki, of bekri meze, of portokalopita, of pastichio and of papoutzakia. And if you are not acquainted with these flavors, I don’t know what you are waiting for. You’ll feel a taste explosion in your palate, and there’s no doubt you’ll want to repeat. The Athenian culinary tradition is at the top end of delicious, and that’s why I’d like to recommend a few restaurants where cuisine becomes an art form. Are you ready to eat Athens?

Athens for Foodies

One of the pleasures of visiting Athens is simply eating the food there. Feasts for your palate abound in the Greek capital whose cuisine is also a meeting place for East and West. Greek cuisine combines many essential ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, including olive oil, fresh vegetables, fish and meats, but also typical components of Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisines such as dairy-based sauces and spices. If you plan on traveling to Athens, don’t miss out on trying souvlaki, a skewer of meat or grilled fish served in pita bread and accompanied by tzatziki, a yogurt-based sauce with cucumber and garlic. Another popular Greek dish is the famous mousakka, which is similar to Italian lasagna. It’s served hot and includes minced lamb, eggplant and tomato as main ingredients. The price for main courses in Athens ranges from 8 to 12 euros, and Athenian water is often free. Furthermore, Greek cuisine also includes its own version of take-out: gyros. This meal consists of pita bread stuffed with roast chicken or lamb, tomato, onion and sauce, which is usually yogurt-based. Gyros gets its name due to its being turned on the grill, as meat kebabs usually are cooked. You can get one in a restaurant or at food stalls, where they sell for about 2 euros. Vegetarian travelers will enjoy Spanakotiropites, or pastry filled with traditional Greek feta cheese and spinach, or a Greek salad, which is made with tomato, cucumber, bell pepper and red onion and seasoned with olive oil, salt, black pepper, and oregano. Although it’s possible to find restaurants to try typical Greek dishes in most neighborhoods...

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