Street food has become very popular these days in Athens. There were always the traditional street food choices like the Greek souvlaki, cheese pies or koulouri. Recently new shops have opened offering a wide range of food from all over the world. If you are planning to visit Athens and you want to know where to eat like a local, here you will find a list of my favourite places to eat on the road.
Where to eat the best food in Athens
1. Greek Souvlaki at Kostas
You are in Greece so tasting Greek souvlaki is a must. One of my favourites is Kostas just off Mitropoleos street near Syntagma. Kosta’s grandfather opened the shop in 1950 and it has been serving souvlaki ever since. How he makes the souvlaki? With small pieces of pork, tomato, parsley, yoghurt and onion into a pita bread. The shop operates Monday to Saturday from 9 am until 14.00 pm. There are many places serving souvlaki in Athens but this is my favourite. Try to avoid the popular places in Monastiraki square that are very touristy.
You will find it Pentelis 5 & Mitropoleos
2. Greek pies at Ariston
This traditional bakery serving mostly Greek pies operates since 1906 at the same place near Syntagma Square. It sells a variety of Greek pies, 120 different ones, from regions around Greece. It is famous for the cheese pie called Kourou. Make sure to try one, they make a perfect snack.
You will find it Voulis 10
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3. Traditional Koulouri
You can find stands selling koulouri (rings of bread sprinkled with sesame seeds) all over Athens. Apart from the plain one you can taste a variety of flavours like cheese and olives. If you want to taste the best koulouri you can head to Psyri neighbourhood at the traditional bakery called “To koulouri tou Psyri” that operates in the area since 1960. This bakery supplies most of the stands in Athens area. You should give it a try since it’s a very healthy and tasty snack.
You will find it Karaiskaki 23
4. Falafel at Falafellas
Falafellas is a shop selling Falafel near Monastiraki square. It is very popular and very crowded, especially on Saturdays. At Falafellas they serve their falafels (made from chick peas) in 2 sizes, pocket and giant. They come with tomato, lettuce, cucumber, aubergine, tomato sauce and yoghurt sauce. The menu also includes some salads. It is worth standing in line the food is very tasty!
You will find it Aiolou 51
5. Indian at Mirch
A small shop centrally located near Agias Irinis Square square serving burgers with homemade ingredients. They also serve fantastic fried potatoes accompanied by a variety of sauces, fish and chips, and hot dogs. There are some seats available upstairs but it is mostly a takeaway.
You will find it Kalamiotou 14
Perched on the corner of Karori and Aiolou, Feyrouz is a small yet mighty eatery that serves up a taste of the Middle East, with Mrs. Feyrouz’s flavors being inspired by Antioch, Greece, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Istanbul. The menu of savory street food eats is filled with flavorsome options such as Lachamtzoun (flatbreads) and Peinirli (aka pizza boats) and they offer a number of home-made Greek and Turkish desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth too
You will find it at Agathonos 2
8. Souvlaki Kostas Agias Irinis
Kostas Souvlaki in Agias Eirinis Square in Athens is one of the most famous joints in the city to pick up a souvlaki pita and it’s well worth the inevitable wait. Kostas’ gyros wraps are stuffed with lean, juicy meat as well as tomatoes, tzatziki, and chips which are all expertly wrapped to eat on the go. While there are some small tables outside the shop it’s usually pretty full. If you see a queue out of the door then you know you’re in the right place!
You will find it at Agias Irinis Square
9. Street Wok
If you want something quick, easy and healthy on the go while in Athens, check out StreetWok on Aiolou. This fast-food restaurant offers freshly-prepared noodles or rice dishes with your choice of toppings and sauce so that everyone can make their own perfect meal. While this is not traditional Athenian food, it makes a great alternative option if you’ve had one too many gyros on your trip already!
You will find it at Aiolou 21
10. Ethniko street food
Etnico on Kolokotroni Street offers diners ‘alternative street cuisine’ with flavors from around the world such as chimichangas, samosas, and falafel wraps. The restaurant is laid-back and welcoming which makes it an ideal spot for solo travelers and the quick, friendly service makes it a hit both day and night.
You will find it at Kolokotroni 22
11. Amandine bagels
Amandine’s bagels are arguably the best bagels in the city with a range of spectacular ingredients and specials served up from 10am-10pm daily. Whether you fancy a quick bite to eat for lunch or would rather enjoy a rich coffee and a sweet treat bagel for breakfast, Amandine’s is the place to be! Select from the menu or create your own and enjoy freshly made bagels that the whole family will love.
You will find it at Nikis 13
Whether you are on a budget or you simply want to grab something for the road you should consider trying all the above they are all tried by me and my friends and are all delicious
Have you ever tried street food in Athens?
What is your best street food you have tasted and where was it?