Originally based on the diet of the people of the Greek island of Crete, and later expanded to include most countries around the Mediterranean basin, Mediterranean Diet is a delicious and healthy way to eat, based on typical foods and recipes of Mediterranean-style cooking.
Mediterranean Diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating, with the addition of replacing butter with flavorful olive oil, eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month, eating fish and poultry at least twice a week, frequently eating whole grains, legumes and nuts, using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods, and even drinking red wine in moderation. Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of heart disease as well as the incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The Mediterranean diet is one your whole family can follow for good health.
The diet also recognizes the importance of being physically active, and enjoying meals with good company.
In the following stores in central Athens you may sample, purchase or just browse some of the finest ingredients of the Mediterranean diet cuisine:
BAHAR Herbs & Spices, Cereals, Dried Vegetables, Flour, Rice, etc.
31, Evripidou St., Athinas St. area
tel.: 210 321 7225
8 Hatzichristou St., Acropolis
tel.: 210 922 4060
ELIXIR Herbs & Spices
41, Evripidou St., Athinas St. area
tel.: 210 321 5141 & 210 331 7371
23 Metropoleos St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 010 9090
A butcher-shop, a fish-shop, a green-grocer and a deli under one roof, with a bistrot restaurant under a boutique hotel in the heart of Athens.
124 Adrianou St., Plaka
tel.: 210 325 4012
30 Nikis St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 322 9078
Bioshop / Organic Products
KOSTARELOS GREEK DELICACIES
30-32 Patriarchou Ioakeim St., Kolonaki
tel.: 210 725 9000 - www.kostarelos.gr
excellent Cheese and Dairy products along with select delicacies from artisan producers
3, Aghion Anargyron Sq. Psyri
tel.: 210 325 5407 - https://www.facebook.com/lalades.gr
healthy, organic, traditional Greek food products
34, Dimitrakopoulou St., Acropolis
tel.: 210 325 4890
greek authentic products, open 9:00 -22:00
PANTOPOLEIO STOAS ATHANATON
2, Armodiou St.,
Varvakeios Agora, off Athinas St.
tel.: 210 321 9855 - www.stistoa.gr
THE GREEK SHOP
120 Adrianou St., Plaka
tel.: 210 322 6850
Like a Local Athens Food Tour
Guided Private Tour in Athens through Privatetour.gr
From: €51 p.p.
Eat like a local with this real food tour! Greece is famous for the marvelous ancient sites, the sea and the gastronomy! Enjoy a combination of sightseeing of the Center of Athens and a perfect slow pace food tour meant to be about tasting and eating not just sampling! Visit places that real local go and shop! For starters you will taste pies at a small shop. Then we will enjoy Greek coffee at a traditional kafeneio! Have a tasting of popular but also lesser-known Greek delicacies like halva, olives, oil, honey, cheese and many more in a small deli! Afterwards we will have lunch at a traditional tavern with seafood specialties! A food tour must end with a dessert and the best dessert is loukoumades! Included: Lunch Food Tasting at a local deli, Traditional homemade pies, Private licensed guide. Excluded: Snacks, Bottled water, Alcoholic Beverages & Soda/Pop. For additional information and reservations click here!