6 places to try local dishes in Athens

30 June 2021

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that every individual who finds themselves in Athens must want its delicious street food. Greek street food is rich in tradition, aroma, and taste. When in Athens, you don’t need to visit fancy restaurants; instead, hit the streets for affordable, delicious, and easy-to-grab meals.


Allow us to take you on this culinary journey, introducing you to flavours you will surely thank us for. Sounds exciting, right? Read more to find the best places to try local dishes in Athens.



This virtual hole in the wall joint which may otherwise be overlooked in Athens can easily be spotted by the line of customers spilling out of the shop, hoping to get a bite of Athens’s best Souvlaki. Kostas, which opened its door to the public in 1946 with its prompt service, fresh ingredients and reasonable cost has made it earn the unwavering loyalty of locals ever since. This quaint family-owned and operated food joint is a spot no foodie can afford to miss.



Address: Pl. Agias Irinis 2, Athina 105 60, Greece

Phone: +30 21 0323 2971

Timings: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm



Fusing the flavours of Lebanon, Cyprus and Istanbul, Feyrouz is a culinary journey to the near east. Found in the commercial heart of Athens, this family-owned business offers fresh fusion street food with vegan and vegetarian options and sweets, none of which costs more than a few Euros.


Pull up a stool or find a bench and dig into the most decadent Lechmatzun, which is a dish made with hand-kneaded dough, sprinkled with meat or other toppings, sourdough pies, and zingy vegetarian soups. Finish your meal with the choicest sweets paired with the signature turmeric tea or Turkish coffee.



Address: Karori 23 Aiolou, Athens 10551, Greece

Phone: +30 21 3031 8060

Timings: Monday to Friday 12 pm to 10 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm

To Koulouri Tou Psyrri


A Koulouri is a traditional, Greek sesame seed bread ring. Which is a popular breakfast item, often found in the small carts sprinkled generously in and around the city. If you want to indulge in the most authentic Koulouri, To Koulouri Tou Psyrii is the place you should check out. It has been a firm favourite, attracting people from all walks of life, from past presidents to celebrities and late-night party-goers. The bakery is renowned for its freshness, quality, and taste. So when in Athens, do not forget to start your day on a high note with a fresh Koulouri.



Address: Karaiskaki 23, Athens 105 54 ,Greece

Timings: Every day 12 am to 11:59 pm

Phone: +30 21 0321 5962

Ariston Bakery


Established in 1910, Ariston bakery is an institution. Their best seller for decades has been the Tyropita Kourou – a small, half-moon pie with a thick butter-based crust filled with feta cheese. Usually served warm, the buttery taste and tart-like texture, along with the salty feta filling, makes it an irresistible snack. A visit to Athens is incomplete without a visit to the Ariston bakery which holds a special place in the hearts of many generations of Athenians.



Address: Voulis 10, Athina 105 62, Greece

Timings: Monday to Saturday 8 am to 6 pm

Phone: +30 21 0321 5962



Situated in Omonia Square, this humble family-owned and operated shop serves only one thing: Loukoumades. These dough balls are cut by hand with a wooden spoon and left to mature in a wooden trough, and are then deep-fried and submerged in sugar syrup. These balls are then served with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and sesame seeds. A taste of Ktistakis’s Loukoumades will leave you wanting more.



Address:  Sokratous 59, Athina 104 31, Greece

Timings: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

Phone: +30 21 0524 0891

Zisis, Fish-in-a cone


Surrounded by the sea, Greece can’t help but have seafood deeply embedded in its culinary culture. Zisis, Fish in a cone is an original street food concept that provides healthy, high-quality seafood at affordable prices. It provides a choice of six delicious seafood combos, served in brightly coloured cones to eat on the go. All cones come with a slice of zesty lemon, perched on the mouth of the cone. In recent years, Zisis has taken the Athenian street food scene by storm!



Address: Athinaidos 3 centre, Athens 10560, Greece

Timings: 1 pm to 6:30 pm

Phone: +30 21 0321 1152

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