… the meze restaurant Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani, combines the sale of local cold cuts and cheeses from various Greek regions with the opportunity to sample them, prepared according to simple traditional recipes …
The Flavours of Athens, a City Tasting Tour
Craving authentic Greek food? Here’s a list of some of the best food markets, gastro-tavernas and perfect venues for your gourmet shopping in town.
Old cities are like onions, revealing themselves slowly. Discovering their history is like peeling an onion, until you realize that the layers which wrap its core are, in fact, the onion itself.
When in Athens do as the Athenians do
In Athens, the oldest democracy in the world, whose many temples also included one dedicated to the Unknown God, Greek cuisine is not a one-way street. Strolling around downtown Athens you can easily find any ethnic food your heart desires, from falafel to noodles.
To discover real Greek food, you need to wander the streets while munching on a large sesame koulouri bread (the best one is that of Psirri, sold at the street stands scattered around the city) or a souvlaki wrapped in pita bread. The Greek souvlaki defies strict definition. Purists swear by a dry pita, a bit thicker than the Arabic one, containing a pork skewer, tomato, red pepper, onion and parsley. Tzatziki, French fries and various other additions, although customary, are considered a barbarism.
Mageireia and gastro-tavernas at Varvakios market
Here, in the Athens Central Market, you can feel the pulse of the city, observe the Athenians shopping food or also shop like them, and even sample their everyday dishes.
Further down, in the market’s more “oriental” section, squeezed between sausage shops and spice shops, behind the market’s parking lot, the meze restaurant Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani, combines the sale of local cold cuts and cheeses from various Greek regions with the opportunity to sample them, prepared according to simple traditional recipes, served in the same way as tapas, which in Greece are called “meze”.
[Best Places to Eat in Athens | Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani]
Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani
1 Sokratous & Evripidou St
Tel. 210 3254184, Karamanlidika Website
By Thalia Tsichlakis
Thalia Tsichlakis, who signed this article, is a Greek food writer and contributor for FNL Guide, as well as many other important magazines and websites.