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Athens is a busy capital with so much to offer, including a delicious cuisine. But sometimes as a traveller you just want to or need to budget during your stay, in order to get to do all the activities that you want.
Tasting and experiencing a new cuisine abroad is an added element that is important to travelling, which is why it can’t be missed.
Even though it may seem like it’s expensive to dine in Athens, it’s actually not. There’s so many options out there, but here’s a mini guide to narrow it down for you.
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it fuels you with the energy that you need.
In Greece the typical breakfast is a pastry pie such as tiropita or spanakopita, which has a feta cheese or spinach filling inside. If you stick to small businesses in the area that you’re planning on staying in, you will find delicious pies starting from as little as 90 cents.
If you don’t want to eat a pastry pie, then you can have a koulouri which looks like a savoury pretzel; but it is actually bread covered in sesame seeds. A koulouri can be found in a bakery or sold on the streets by street vendors, for as little as 50 cents.
If you don’t want any carbs at all, then check out the fresh fruit from a local grocery store or supermarket. Street vendors in places such as Monastiraki sell fresh fruit too. They can be 1 euro for a kilo, or less.
Depending on your daily activities and where you’d end up being, lunch can be pretty flexible.
You can try traditional chicken or pork souvlaki that start from 2.20 euros in neighborhoods, or in central Athens the most that you’d pay is 2.80 euros. They are filling since a souvlaki typically includes lettuce, tomato, onions, chips and either tzatziki or yellow sauce all wrapped in a pitta bread.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, then not to worry since we also have falafel street food stores pretty much everywhere. The falafel are always made fresh and can have different ingredients included in the wraps. The price for a falafel wrap is similar to a souvlaki wrap – depending on where you go.
If you don’t want to eat wraps, there are always local restaurants that make salads for prices between 3 – 5 euros. You can either try a traditional Greek salad, or have something that your taste buds are familiar with.
It may seem like it can cost a lot eating out, but most restaurants in central Athens are actually cheap or at least at a moderate price.
You can always eat a falafel bowl that includes healthy and nutritional ingredients and it’ll only cost you 5 euros from the small restaurant Falafel House.
If you want to eat at a Greek restaurant, then check out Ladokolla. It has a cute rustic theme and most dishes are served on baking paper. The prices are cheap and the portions are large.
Another tip for restaurants is to check out the small restaurants in local neighborhoods. They are cheap, have home cooked meals and are always served in generous portions. Savor Charms is a great family owned restaurant based in Thiseio.