Greek Food Blog

A trip to Greece equals an exciting journey through Greek gastronomy; after all, it is common knowledge that in order to get a fully local experience when traveling around the country, trying local delicacies and diving into the mouth-watering Greek cuisine is definitely a must do. For that reason, here we present to you some do's and dot's of eating in Greece and hints for the Greek dining etiquette to help you transform your trip to an unforgettable Greek culinary adventure!

We will try to reply to questions such as: Are there any foods to avoid in Greece? What to eat in Greece?

Everyone and their mom know that Greece equals culture and amazing scenery; history and beauty blend together to form a marvelous, memorable experience. Alas, the Greek cuisine is equally -if not more- famous. Walking around a Greek city, you are sure to find great food with a huge variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nevertheless, one thing that a lot of people don’t realize is how sweet Greece really is. Living in an ancient, small country, natives carry and impart their heritage from generation to generation and a big part of this knowledge is old recipes of cakes, cookies, spoon sweets, and other wonderful desserts.

Gastronomy is undoubtedly an important part of Greek culture! Of course, there are wonderful cuisines worldwide, but we unashamedly promise you that Greece has quite possibly some of the best dishes in the world. With perfect weather and terrain for fresh produce and a tradition of producing dishes that are simultaneously comforting and extravagant, Greece is the mecca for any foodie. On this post, we would like to commend the 'king' of Greek gastronomy, pastitsio!

The Greeks are known for their love of ouzo, a drink that has its roots in tsipouro and is a mixture of alcohol, water, and aromatic herbs, with anise being one of the major ingredients. The origin of ouzo's name is believed to come from the Italian phrase 'uso Massalia', which translates to 'for use in Marseille', which was printed on some boxes of exportable silkworm cocoons from Tyrnavos in the 19th century. For some reason, this phrase became a synonym to high quality ouzo. Another explanation for ouzo's name origin is that it comes from üzüm, a Turkish word meaning 'a bunch of grapes'.

One of our favorite traditional Greek desserts is loukoumades. Loukoumas (single) is the Greek version of a doughnut; it's a bite-sized, sweet honey puff which is deep fried until crispy. For us, loukoumades are a part of our culture and family menus, as our parents used to serve this dessert after the family dinner. The dessert of loukoumades is especially great during the winter months, as it is traditionally served hot, but can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Once you try these delicious honey doughnuts you will instantly understand their hype!

If you search online for 'greek food' or 'what to eat in Athens', you'll see that the overwhelming majority of results will lead you to souvlaki. Of course, there is nothing wrong with souvlaki. On the contrary, souvlaki is one of our most traditional dishes in Greece, and with about 2€, the traveler has the opportunity to taste delicious, quality and affordable food. However, Greek cuisine has much more to offer, and neglecting its incredible flavors would be a pity. Here, we present to you three of our favorite traditional Greek recipes you shouldn't skip on trying!