Where to Enjoy Street Food
The most popular Greek street food but also fast food is souvlaki, (plural souvlakia). It comes in three basic forms, i.e. wrapped in pita bread, served on a kalamaki skewer or served open on a plate. It consists of small pieces of meat (mostly pork although chicken or lamb may be offered) and vegetables such as tomatoes, onion and green peppers are grilled on a skewer over charcoal. It is usually served in a pita (a form of pre-baked, partially leavened flat round bread with a diameter of approximately 15 cm,) sandwich with garnishes and sauces, or open on a dinner plate, most often with french fried potatoes. You will find places serving souvlaki in every neighborhood that respects itself and in unbelievable numbers. Some are just a whole in the wall or canteen-style, others are like fast food joints. Make sure to try it, or you've never really visited Athens!
Athens, however, is also well known for a variety of pies, such as tyropita (cheese-pie made with layers of buttered phyllo and filled with a cheese-egg mixture) spanakopita,( a variation with spinach), as well as bougatsa (a sweet version with sugar and cinnamon).Tyropita comes in several varieties, such as: Kourou, surrounded by a thick pastry; Sfoliata, surrounded bypuff-pastry; Horiatiki, made in a pan, Tyropitakia, bite-sized, and Skopelitiki, made in the shape of a twirl. Regular tyropita fillings usually consist of feta cheese, egg, butter and yogurt. However, kasseropita contains kasseri instead of feta cheese and, unlike regular tyropita, does not contain yogurt. Tyropita is usually eaten in the mid-morning by Greeks. Typical Greek breakfast consists mostly of coffee, although this gradually improves with the younger generations that became aware of the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Then a mid-morning snack may consist of tyropita or spanakopita.
We should not neglect to include here, canteens serving vromiko, or all styles of hot dogs, but also quality variations of street food in food trucks parked in strategically selected spots.
Ouzo, the classic Greek spirit, in a unique collection so that you may compare and select your favorite one. Try it with a few drops of cold water or a few ice cubes. Ideal to drink with friends and accompany appetizers, while the higher alcohol volume brands can be consumed as an aperitif. Enjoy this tasting pack which includes one each of Barbayannis, Avantes, Plomariou - Pitsiladi, Smyrnio Red - L.E.V.A., Apalarina Red - Serafeim and Mpampatzim.
7CACTUS, 7 Dimitrakopoulou Street, Koukaki
tel.: 213 045 2865
excellent Greek street deli, brunch, etc.
Acropolis, 15 Karyatidon St., Acropolis
tel.: 210 922 9000
souvlaki and grilled meat, open every day, delivery 12:00-1:00
Ariston Bakery Lombotessi, 10 Voulis St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 322 7626
since 1910, traditional Greek pies
Big Mouth, 20 Praxitelous St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 325 0449
all sorts of delicious sandwiches
En Athinais, 1 Apollonos St., Syntagma
tel.: 211 012 6990
excellent street-food grill 10:00-18:00
Etnico, 22 Kolokotroni & Havriou Sts., Syntagma
tel.: 211 411 3880
ethnic Latin-American street-food
Falafellas Street Food, 51 Aiolou St, Aghias Eirinis Sq.
tel.:210 323 9809
excellent falafel street food
Feyrouz, 23 Karori & Aiolou Sts., Downtown
tel.: 213 031 8060 www.feyrouz.gr
Fillo Food & Coffee, 12-14 Karageorgi Servias, Syntagma
tel.: 210 321 5373
delicious traditional pies from all over Greece
Fish & Meat Street Food, 15 Persefonis St., Gazi
tel. : 210 347 0070 - www.hellenicfood.gr/fishandmeat
Daily 10:00 - 02:00 - Fri & Sat 24 hrs - Casual Serving - Take Away - Delivery
Hot Potato, 37 Kolokotroni St., Syntagma
tel.: 211 408 3576
hot & loaded baked potatoes
Johnie Hot Dog, 11 Kolokotroni St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 331 9161 www.johniehotdog.gr
Kosta, 2 Plateia Agias Irinis, Monastiraki
tel.: 210 323 2971
spicy but tasty souvlaki to go - lunchtime only
Kostas, 5 Pentelis St., Plaka
tel.: 210 322 8502
the best souvlaki there is! - lunchtime only
Koritsia Grill, 16 Drakou St., Acropolis
tel.: 210 922 5648
yammy inexpensive souvlaki to go
Los Loros, 14 Xenofontos & Nikis Sts., Syntagma
tel.: 210 324 3232
South-American street food
Mirch, 109 Ermou St., Monastiraki
tel.: 210 323 9759
Indian souvlaki, etc.
Neoklassiko, 20 Karageorgi Servias & Lekka Sts., Syntagma
tel.: 210 331 8810
souvlaki - kebab - grilled meat
Oven Sesame, 17-A Aiolou St., Aghias Eirinis Sq.
tel.: 210 323 0038 www.oven-sesame.com
freshly-baked oven koulouri sandwich packed and served in less than three minutes along with sweet or savory ingredients - 9:00AM - 11:00PM
Pera, 57 Aiolou & Vyssis Sts., Aghias Eirinis Sq.
tel.: 210 323 2368
Oriental Street Food
San Francisco, 99 Kerameikou St., Syntagma
tel.: 215 551 2845 www.sanfrancisco.gr
Schweinchen Dick German Street Food Lab,
9-11 Iakchou St., Gazi
Souvlaki Bar, Adrianou & Thesseiou Sts., Monastiraki
tel.: 210 515 0550 - www.souvlakibar.gr
souvlaki & grill
Street Wok, 21 Aiolou, Monastiraki
tel.: 213 040 1446 - www.streetwok.gr
To Koulouri tou Psyri, 23 Karaiskaki St., Psyri
tel.: 210 321 5962
the source for the best koulouri sold in Athens
Vagelitsa's, 15 Pindarou St., Kolonaki
tel.: 210 364 7647 - www.vagelitsas.gr
not exactly street food, this is a top rate take-away spot with excellent food at great prices
Zisis, 3 Athinaidos Street, Aghias Eirinis Sq.
tel.: 210 321 1152
delicious and inexpensive take-away seafood
|Most Acclaimed Athens Food Tour |
This 3.5-hour small-group tour gives you the opportunity to discover a different Athens off the beaten path! Take a culinary journey of Athens and go to 10 carefully selected specialty food shops, where you’ll taste some of the finest olive oil, cheese, cured meat, sweets, spices, honey and other local delicacies available in the city, as well as trying the celebrated Greek souvlaki! Get a good feeling of what it means to be an Athenian!