Athens Local Food Tour in Monastiraki

Discover the real taste of Greece with a fun foodie guide and explore amazing Varvakios Agora Market

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 11 Reviews · 4.00h · Athens, Greece

Looking for an authentic taste of Athens? Then find out what the locals really eat on this small group culinary tour in the lively Monastiraki neighborhood. Your foodie guide knows all the best spots to taste the Greek specialties that keep this city ticking, and you’ll try delicious coffee, pastries, pies, cheese, and wine as you explore the neighborhood and its vibrant Varvakios Agora Market. Sink your teeth into koulóuria, loukoumades, spanakopita, and get to know Athens through its food!

  • An authentic taste of Athens
  • Food-obsessed local guide
  • Varvakios Agora Market
  • The finest local produce
  • Freshly-made spanikopita and pastries
  • Olive oils and wine tasting
  • Coffee the Greek way
  • Local cheeses and deli products
  • Authentic Greek salad
  • The perfect Athens food-lovers tour!

You'll meet your friendly foodie guide and the rest of your small group in Monastiraki Square to begin your culinary adventure. Your guide will give insights into Greek cuisine as you head to a local cafe for your for tasting of the day—the famous Greek spinach pie. Your tour continues through the neighborhood and into the bustling central market, and over the next few hours you'll visit much-loved local shops and market stalls to try the finest coffee, pastries, wine, olive oils, and so much more!

Make sure you have a small breakfast, because your foodie guide will make sure nobody leaves hungry!

Athens Local Food and Market Tour Description

Your 4-hour tour includes:

  • Guided walking tour of the Monastiraki neighborhood

  • Visit the vibrant Varvakios Agora Market

  • Various food stops with coffee, pastries, wine, and local specialties

  • Try koulóuria, loukoumades, spanakopita, and more!

  • English-speaking local foodie guide

  • Maximum group size of 15

  • Food and drinks included

The exact food stops on this tour may change due to holidays, closures, or other factors, but your guide will always make sure you have a fantastic foodie experience.

Welcome to Monastiraki!

After meeting your fun local guide in Monastiraki Square, you'll begin your foodie journey. As you stroll around this lively neighborhood, your guide will explain some of the history and influences that helped from Greece's world-famous cuisine, and soon you'll reach a centuries-old cafe for your first tasting of the day, the much-loved spinach pie known as spanakopita.

Next, visit a much-loved local pastry shop for filo squares and loukoumades—Greece's answer to the donut! You'll also try Athens favorites like koulóuria as you visit the neighborhood's best bakery, cheese shop, and more on your Monastiraki discovery!

Varvakios Agora Market

Your tour continues in Athens central Varvakios Agora Market—the beating heart of the neighborhood's food culture. Your guide will lead you to sample some of the finest local produce at the market's top stalls. Try the best local treats, including wine, aged vinegar, honey, and much more!

You'll then explore the meat and fish market, a living monument of Athenian culture, before heading outside the market where you will soon catch the scent of coffee roasting in the distance. Follow the aroma to the next stop.

Historic Coffee Roaster

Enter this century-old old coffee roaster and you'll instantly understand the Greek obsession with coffee. See the roasting process, where the expert roaster will describe how the beans develop from farm to cup.

You'll sample two wonderful coffee experiences. Similar to espresso but not filtered, a traditional Greek coffee presents a combination of flavor of texture deeper than most other coffee choices around the world. You'll also try the local favorite, Frappé, learn the story of how the drink accidentally came to fruition due to an American and the arrival of an unheralded product.

Stroll Down Evripidou Street

As you belly gets full and the tour draws to an end, you'll head down one of Athen's hippest roads, Evripidou Street. There you will sample Greek charcuterie and can take the opportunity to stock up your kitchen for when you get home. Kalí Órexi!

Your tour comes to a close back at Monastiraki Square.

What you get with this tour
Guided walking tour of the Monastiraki neighborhood
Visit the vibrant Varvakios Agora Market
Various food stops with coffee, pastries, wine, and local specialties
Try koulóuria, loukoumades, spanakopita, and more!
English-speaking local foodie guide
Maximum group size of 15
Food and drinks included
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23 November 2023
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Joseph Hovanes

A must do in Athens
12 November 2023
Reviewed by
Stacy Perez

First thing- make sure not to eat before your tour! You'll want to be as hungry as possible because you're going to try so many local specialities and you'll want to enjoy all of them. Our guide, Andreas, was phenomenal. We walked all over the neighborhood stopping in at different restaurants, bakeries, etc. We even go to tour the local meat and fish markets. Get out of your comfort and make sure to try everything even if you think you don't like certain foods. I don't drink coffee but I definitely tried the Greek coffee at our bakery stop with the yummy Greek donuts. You've got to eat anyway so you might as well do it with an expert taking you around to all the best places and dishes!

Best tour in Athens!!
13 August 2023
Reviewed by
Jennifer Crealese

Our guide Dora was amazing. She remembered all our names, where we are from, as well food preferences. Includes wine, olive oil, and vinegar tastings. Interesting art and graffiti on the walk as well. Family with teens through seniors. Our favorite tour of trip. Thank you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Some comfortable shoes and a healthy appetite!

What to bring?

Some comfortable shoes and a healthy appetite!

What if I'm vegetarian, vegan, or have special dietary requirements?

Please contact us after booking to let us know your requirements. We’ll work with our partners to accommodate your needs.

Can I bring my kids on this tour?

Sure, kids are welcome on this tour, especially if they like trying weird and wonderful foods! They'll have to skip the wine though, of course.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, it's run by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Athens. They're a specialist local tour company who we know uphold our high standards.

How much walking is involved in this tour?

This is a walking tour but an easy one, with plenty of stops and a gentle pace.

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