Tails of a mermaid – Eating Athens. Where to #eat in Athens
It’s my last couple of hours in #Athens and as I wait for my flight, enjoying my final Cappucino Freddo, I’m flicking through the pictures of the delicious things I’ve eaten over the past couple of weeks. Before I came to Athens, I got a lot of “a couple of days will be enough” and “it’s just another grimy city”, but the Athens I discovered is a vibrant, energetic city, with a great food scene and friendly locals.
I think that one of the most interesting things about travelling is that everyone has different objectives when visiting a new country or city. Some people want to explore every museum and art gallery, others want to shop. I want to eat.
I believe that you can learn a lot about a culture and a people through it’s flavours. For instance, the flavours of Cape Town’s Malay curries reflect much about the Indian and South-East Asian roots of the colourful community of Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap. In the same way the moussakas, stuffed vine leaves and creamy feta tell stories about Greek history and food culture.
I’ve eaten a lot over the past two weeks and I can honestly say that every bite, from lunch at the higher-end Mare Marina to a quick Souvlaki at locals’ favourite, Kostas in Agias Irinis Square, has been utterly delicious. I usually make a point of eating exclusively local food when I travel (skipping the McDonalds and Starbucks and Italian food in Thailand, for instance) and in #Greece that was incredibly easy, since local food is actually easier to find than take-out.
Here are a few of my #foodie highlights in delicious Athens.
TA #KARAMANLIDIKA TOU FANI
We ate here on our first night in Athens and it was the one meal I kept going back to every time I thought “what’s the best thing we’ve eaten in Greece?” The restaurant’s name is impossible to pronounce so I can’t help you there, but the food is Turkish-inspired Greek and we just asked our companion, Athens local Andreas Litis to order for us.
Each mouthful burst with flavour. Spices and cold meats and vine leaves stuffed with rice, served with yogurt. I hardly spoke throughout the meal, except to mumble “this is amazing” and “this is so delicious”. Judging by the perplexed looks on the faces of other patrons, tourists haven’t caught on to this gem yet.
The restaurant has a selection of cured meats that hang from hooks on the ceiling, casting a red glow around and stimulating the appetite. This spot is definitely worth a visit.
Address: Sokratous 1 & Evripidou 52, 10554 Athens, Greece
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7:00am – 12:00am