The Greek Food Culture

Food Culture

Whether you are living in Greece or just visiting, you will quickly notice that food has an important role in Greek society. Greeks consider a meal as quality time with friends and family. It is their way to socialize, to discuss various topics and concerns, to make fun and to offer hospitality. Even in a changing society, where fast food chains pop up everywhere, the traditional Greek kitchen holds the highest position.

In case you have had the chance to enjoy a tavern meal in Greece, most likely you experienced the following: while you are waiting for the bill, you suddenly see the waiter approaching your table, with a plate full of fruits, or sweets or some glasses with“masticha liquor”! Much later, you leave the tavern with a big smile on your face, waving at the tavern-staff, trying to use whatever Greek words you know, in order to express your gratitude.

The Omilo students experienced this hospitality many times during the tavern meals, after their Greek lessons, and are very happy they learned how to order and thank the personnel in Greek. The more Greek you speak, the better service you get.

Now, let’s say that you would like to invite your Greek friends for dinner, then where do you get all these wonderful ingredients for a typical Greek meal? Of course you could go to the supermarket, but you will soon understand that the more tasty, fresh and original products are coming from elsewhere. For those living in Athens, we hereby give you some useful tips.

The weekly market

First of all, there is the “λαϊκή αγορά” [laiki agora]. This is the Greek word for weekly market. In every neighbourhood of Athens, you can visit the vegetable and fruit market once per week.

In the centre of Athens (Αριστογειτονος/Αθηνας [aristogeitonos/athinas] street), there are 2 permanent markets, open from Monday till Saturday. One for fruits, vegetables and dairy products and one for fish and meat. Going to those markets is a fantastic experience with market vendors shouting enthusiastically and trying to convince you to buy their products. The fruits, vegetables and eggs are coming straight from the Greek fields, a perfect place to find all you need for a tasty Greek salad and much more…

Do you want to find the closest market to where you stay in Athens? Then you can visit the website http://www.laikesagores.gr/ and find out.

Local shops

After visiting the markets in the centre of Athens, you can continue your tour in Ευριπίδου [evripidou] street. Although it seems like a tiny street, you’ll be surprised how many specialized shops are located here. They sell cheese, flour, products from Crete, cold cuts and salami, honey, herbs,…


After shopping, it is a good idea to relax a bit and enjoy Athens. So why not having a coffee and taste a typical Greek sweet? 
In the centre of Athens, there are many options to taste the Greek sweets. We give you two examples, we can definitely recommend:

Λουκουμάδες at Θ.Κτιστάκης [Loukoumades at Th. Ktistakis].
 – Σωκράτους 59, 104 31, Athens 

Loukoumades can be found all over Athens, they are a kind of donuts that are usually covered in syrup and cinnamon. Ktistakis is a very traditional place, nothing fancy, but the loukoumades are amazing.

The Γαλακτοπωλείο [galaktopoleio], Η Στάνη [I Stani]. Μ. Κοτοπούλη 10, Ομόνοια

The shop exists from 1931 and offers several milk-based sweets, of which the γαλακτομπούρεκο [galaktoboureko], a traditional custard pie with milk and cream as main ingredients, is one of the most well known.

If you want to learn more about Greek food and drinks, click on the articles below.

Greek Wine
Greek Cheese

Καλή όρεξη!

PS During the intensive Greek courses in Athens, we will always introduce you to some interesting places, followed by a typical tavern meal!

Γεια μας!

Καλησπέρα! The photo album of the 1- and 2-week Athens intensive course, which took place from 30/10 till 10/11, is now complete. We thank our students once more for their enthusiasm and motivation to learn Greek.Many greetings from the Omilo team and ...Γεια μας! Cheers!PS. Click here to see the album ; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1774174255949449.1073741900.113515072015384&type=1&l=1eb0e5037b

Posted by OMILO - Learning Greek in Greece on Mittwoch, 22. November 2017