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A guide to the Greek eateries

Greece ● 27 September 2017
 

In Greece, food is an amazing gastronomic experience you will have. Numerous restaurants with creative dishes can be found in every place you visit, from the busiest and most touristic city to the smallest village and island. Most places have only Greek types of eateries to offer, while in cosmopolitan destinations, such as Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Corfu, you can enjoy not only Greek but also various cuisines from other countries, such as American, Japanese, Chinese, Peruvian, French, Spanish and Italian cuisine. However, I suggest that you eat basically Greek cuisine in the traditional eateries because it is a great opportunity to have an abundant culinary experience and get familiar with the gastronomic paradise of the local food. These are the types of Greek eateries and what you can expect from them.

Souvlatzidiko

Souvlaki is the most famous Greek street food. It consists of small pieces of meat and vegetables, like tomatoes and onions, grilled on a skewer. It is served in a pita wrap with sauce (tzatziki) and French fries. Souvlaki is being prepared in souvlatzidiko, the small tavern where you can order and eat souvlaki. You can find souvlatzidiko literally everywhere in Greece as it is the most popular and cheapest Greek eatery.

Souvlaki

Tavern

A tavern is the traditional restaurant of Greek cuisine, where you can eat with 15-20€ per person. All the famous Greek dishes, such as moussaka, Greek salad, dolmades and pastitsio, are served in this kind of eatery, which is traditionally decorated, family-run and has hospitable owners.

Fish tavern

Ouzeri

Ouzeri is an interesting variation of the Greek tavern. It is basically a tavern where many mezedes and basically seafood and fish are served. Of course, in an ouzeri, you will drink ouzo because the word ouzeri means the place of ouzo. Many taverns are located by the sea, especially on the Greek islands, but you can also find an ouzeri everywhere in Greece.

Ouzeri

Creperie

In a creperie, you will eat savoury and sweet crepes in a great variety of ingredients, such as mushrooms, ham, cheese, sausage, tomato, paprika and turkey or chocolate, honey, coconut, various fruits and nuts. Usually, Greek people eat a crepe after a night out full of alcohol, but crepe is a popular fast food for all day long.

Kafeteria

Kafeteria is a café where local people can sit for hours relaxing and discussing with their friends. The most incredible thing with Greek cafés is that you also have the option to eat a snack there because cafeterias serve food, such as toast, pasta, pizzas and crepes, until late at night. Thus, you can always find a place to eat if you are hungry, even if it is not lunch or dinner time.

Fournos

Fournos is the Greek word for bakery. Greek bakeries prepare tasty pies, which are one of the best dishes you can taste in Greek cuisine. Pies are very popular in Greece as an appetiser or a main dish. Filled with many cheeses (cheese pie) or spinach (spinach pie) or meat (meat pie), the pies are something you can find in every bakery of Greece. In the Greek bakeries, you can also find many different styles of bread that in spite of their difficult preparation and fine ingredients cost less than 1€. Before 10 in the morning, you can buy hot bread, just taken out from the oven. Dark bread, salty or sweet bread, multigrain bread or just plain bread with local flour are only some of your options. Buy a delicious loaf, some cookies and a cake or tsoureki from a bakery near your hotel in Greece, and you can enjoy an amazing breakfast to have energy for sightseeing, swimming or just sunbathing.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Mani, Greece Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments
8.8 10
Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments
Stoupa, 24024 Mani, Greece

Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments is located in the seaside village of Stoupa, in Mani region in beautiful Peloponnese, just at the foot of Mount Taygetos. The hotel lies within a 5-minute walk from the beach and the center of the village with many cafes, shops, traditional taverns and supermarkets. The city of Kalamata is 40 km away.

Hotel in Porto Cheli, Greece Best Western Rozos Hotel
Best Western Rozos Hotel
Main Street, 21061 Porto Cheli, Greece

Best Western Rozos Hotel is situated right in front of the beach in charming, seaside fishing village Porto Cheli, in the municipality of Ermionida, in Peloponnese. The distance from the port is 700 m. There is a regular ferry connection from Athens, Piraeus, and from the Saronic islands Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Athens Lotus Hotel
8.7 10
Athens Lotus Hotel
9 Chiou Str., Plateia Karaiskaki, 10438 Athens, Greece

This 4-star boutique hotel is located close to the Metaxourgeio Metro Station and a short walk from Athens’ historic monuments. Larissis Railway Station is only 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Athens International Airport is at a distance of 40 km.


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