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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

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.

Studio in Karpathos, Greece Vardes Hotel Studios
Vardes Hotel Studios
Amoopi, 85700 Karpathos, Greece

Vardes Hotel Studios is located 500 meters from Votsalakia Beach and 700 meters from Pera Ammos Beach. Karpathos town and the port are at 6.5 km, while Diafani port is 53 km away. Vardes Hotel Studios is 12 km away from Karpathos Island National Airport.

Hotel in Zakynthos, Greece Andreolas Beach Hotel
Andreolas Beach Hotel
Laganas, 29092 Zakynthos, Greece

With its great location right on the sandy beach of Laganas, Andreolas Beach Hotel offers accommodation in bright rooms just 10 minutes walk from the lively center of Laganas. Zakynthos Airport is at 6 km, while the main town and the port is 8 km away.


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