Greek food is famous in various forms all over the world.
Either you know it as “Mediterranean Diet” or “Cretan Diet” or under any other name remains the same mouth-watering concept.
It is not just about Greek food, but also about the analogies and types of foods Greeks consume per week. For example, how much meat to eat or not, or fish or vegetables or legumes and so on.
Greek food is well known to be nutritious when it is not “mixed up” or “modernized”.
The secret is not just in the quality of the materials (due to soil and Greek sun) but also to the balance of elements.
Our Greek Food Experiences
Find here just a small range of Greek food tastes from our trips all over Greece and feel free to read the associated posts that describe our Greek non-food experiences.
Mikro Chorio village, Karpenisi, Greece
Karpenisi merely is exceptional. It has thick forests, rivers, waterfalls, tall mountains, hundreds of hiking routes.
People go there from all over the world, and it is not even by the sea.
Here is a sum-up of great food: cheese (called bugiurdi), feta cheese/spinach pie, roast bread with olive oil, amazing red wine, a rooster with pasta, and veal with barley.
Megalo Chorio village, Karpenisi, Greece
But that was not just the only case of food in Karpenisi. We had some great desserts, like the one seen below at Megalo Chorio village. Read all about it.
Eating Greek Food at Crete Island Greece
As you may know, Crete is a huge island. We had many adventures there and different food experiences.
At Arodamos village: We had a fantastic dinner at Arodamos along with lots of “tsikoudia”.
Over the mountains of Rethymnon: Fantastic Greek food after hiking.
Aravanes Tavern, at Amari village: Fantastic variety and view. We also took a class to make our bread. That was our first time tasting snails.
Tour in the city of Chania: We had this cultural tour to the town. We went through the food market, tasting different things, and we ended up having a “meze” with even more “tsikoudia”.
At Aspropotamos 300 years old traditional village: If you go to the Lasithi area, then you must stay there for at least a weekend. It is a village without electricity.
Solar power is used to charge phones and basic things like a refrigerator and night lamps. That is all. They have a great breakfast.
Food in Chios Island, Greece
The island of mastic and of great tastes among plenty of things to do. We had:
- Terrific breakfast at Mesta village, in Ergani Studios
- Terrific sweets in Citrus
- Mastic seminar and outdoors lunch
- Locally produced soft drinks at Agio Gala
- Onboard lunch while sailing
- Fantastic breakfast at Volissos village in a place called “The Black Sheep.”
Daphnes Breakfast, Xylokastro
One of the friendliest persons we know who lives and breathes the eco-living logic.
Her breakfast (served in her family hotel) consists of local products only.
We got “some” prior a canyoning day trip in the nearby area (I know, we look starving).
Greek Food in Skopelos island, Greece
That was something completely different. We had breakfast and lunch at a beach during a sea kayaking day trip.
What a splendid thing to eat next to the beach.
Kea (Tzia) Island, Greece
An island so close to Athens, suitable for a day trip. We ate some great “calamari” there.
Greek Food in Lesvos Island, Greece
A delirium of salty Greek food and lots of ouzo. Read about it here.
Also, see our food experience in Molyvos, Lesvos, and eating experiences in Plomari, Lesvos, from here. We even had lunch on board while sailing.
Food in Naxos Island, Greece
An extraordinary island with really special people.
This photo below is from a tiny shop where -allegedly- they serve the best “galaktoboureko”. We went there for breakfast, before 6-hour hiking.
Eating at Petra & Fos Hotel, Mani, Peloponnese
Delicious food in a charming hotel. The hotel was so relaxing we didn’t want to get outside, that weekend.
Where to Eat in Tinos Island, Greece
We tasted some great local beer on that island, and we had some great food too in a remote village. Read all here.
Eating in Meteora, Greece
A wide variety of local cuisine was served. All kinds of things. Check them here.
We stayed at a remote location, at the end of a dirt road where a rather beautiful and secluded hotel resides. It is the -now-famous Montanema Handmade Village.
Here is a photo of our dinner. Breakfast and lunch were equally tasty.
Wine and snacks tasting at Nemea, Peloponnese
A great day full of activities around wine. We had a wine seminar by a famous sommelier. We had cycling for wine experience (visiting different wineries with bikes), and we also visited the famous archaeological sites of Nemea.
If you care for a private food tour in specific places in Greece, then you need to check this.
7 Ancient Greek Aphrodisiacs
History says that Hippocrates recommended eating lentils if a man wanted to stay as he grew older. This was followed by the Greek philosopher Aristotle.
He cooked lentils along with saffron. With his turn, Plutarch suggested the been soup (Fassolatha), for a man to have a healthy libido.
Moreover, there are many mentions in Greek tradition for things like artichokes and weeds and herbs that were helping in child conception, even “ensuring” that a woman would give birth to sons!
Of course, people were seeking pleasure. They always do.
Thus, a series of herbs became famous for having aphrodisiac results. Some were also considered due to their shape, which resembled the form of man/woman genitals.
You know, like walnuts are suitable for the brain, tomatoes for the heart, carrots for the eyes, etc.
Garlic: Garlic was believed to have magical and aphrodisiac properties since ancient times. It was part of the daily nutrition of ancient Greeks, in a variety of ways.
One popular dish (which can easily be hosted as 11 in the list above) is “skordalia.” It is made with garlic, cucumber, oil, and yogurt.
Pomegranates: The juice was considered very nutritious, along with its aphrodisiac properties.
Leek: It is awarded such features, perhaps due to its resemblance as a phallic shape.
Mushrooms: Truffles were considered as great aphrodisiac. It was also an expensive one. It still is.
Satirio: Both Plutarch and Dioscorides considered this wild orchid as a great aphrodisiac.
Stafylinos: This was a plant that grew sexual appetite so healthy that it was considered an actual sex potion.
Mint. Here opinions contradict since Hippocrates thought mint was weakening the sperm, while Aristotle believed mint a great aphrodisiac. All and all mint goes well with chocolate, and real chocolate is a potent stimulant too.
13 Famous Greek Foods Recommended by Travelers
Talking with many travelers in Greece, we noted that some foods are really popular and highly discussed/recommended to all of them.
It seems like whoever traveled to Greece, had to say something beautiful about these. So, when you go to Greece, don’t forget to taste all these.
So, if you’ve have decided to spend your vacation on the magnificent islands of Greece this year, then it’s the best decision you have made as Greece is one of the few holiday destinations that remains pure and untouched and retains its tranquility in some of its most exquisite islands, despite the millions of visitors it gets every year.
Filled with the lush landscapes, majestic monuments, beautiful clear blue seas, heavenly sandy beaches of myriad hues, Greece is a paradise for those who want to escape from the monotony of their lives and create unforgettable memories.
But gorgeous Greece isn’t just famous for its beaches and abundant, awe-inspiring greenery, it also happens to be very well known for its mouth-watering Mediterranean-slanted cuisine – the authentic Greek cuisine that is – from tantalizingly spicy gyros to delectable, flaky Greek pastries – the foods here are just as exquisite as the scenery.
It is a real foodie haven.
Here are some of the best dishes that you should, without fail, try before you even think of setting foot outside of Greece.
Read on, salivate and then gorge on them for an authentic Greek experience.
It may sound confusing, but it is pronounced like it is written.
People who enjoy eating eggplants/aubergines along with meat will love this baked dish, with its cheesy meat layers and filling – yum!
The moussaka is a casserole made by layering eggplant slices and a spiced meat filling topped with a béchamel sauce, which is a creamy and delicious sauce made up of butter, all-purpose flour, milk, salt and a tiny sprinkle of nutmeg.
This layered deliciousness is then baked in the oven till the top turns a golden brown and served with the beverage of your choice.
If you are a vegetarian, then you can always ask for the meatless version of the dish as well.
Trust us – you’re still not missing out on anything.
Where to eat: Athens serves the best moussaka there is to have, and that too at Aleka’s taverna, to the north side of the Acropolis, is the best among the restaurants of Athens.
Or for the best moussaka ever try God’s restaurant in Athens, Greece.
Kids will love God’s salad there.
Kolokythoanthoi or stuffed Zucchini Flowers
This is another delicious savory delicacy of the Greeks. The zucchini flower is stuffed with the stuffing of your choice which ranges from herbs and cheese to meat and rice, and then dipped in a light batter and fried till it achieves a brilliant golden color.
When you bite into it, the crispiness of the batter combined with the softness of the flower inside will floor you completely – a must-try!
Where to eat: The best-stuffed zucchini flowers that you will get will be on the beautiful island of Lesvos. Every restaurant there has this fried delight on their menu, and each eatery adds its unique touch to this classic recipe.
This is a staple in any Greek household, and it is a simple white bean soup, but don’t mistake its easy technique for lack of flavors because it packs a punch alright with a freshness of herbs.
Made with white beans, olive oil, the vegetables of your choice, and some delicious herbs, this soup is not only tasty but is high on nutrition as well.
If you want to have healthy foods in Greece, you cannot go wrong with this tasty soup. It is also known as the national food of the Greeks.
Where to eat: If you know someone in Greece, then the ideal place to eat this soup would be at their house, the authenticity of a Greek households flavor will seldom be present in a restaurant dish, but then if you are all alone in Greece, almost all the restaurants there do serve this delicacy.
Vegetables like tangy tomatoes and colored peppers are stuffed with a mixture of rice and herbs and topped off with some cheese and baked till the plants go soft and the cheese melts – that’s one tasty dish called ‘Yemista’.
It makes for a light and refreshing meal, and yet leaves you feeling full and utterly satisfied!
Where to eat: The Santorini island is the best place to go and enjoy a mouthful of this dish at any of its local tavernas popular restaurants.
Probably Popeye’s favorite dish, this yummy recipe combines a delicious mixture of spinach, olive oil, and vegetables of your choice, with cheese on top, and a layer of Filo pastry.
It is then baked till golden brown in the oven and served drooling-ly hot!
Where to eat: The Boras Bakery of Karteradhos serves the best Spanakopita you can ever sample – do give it a try.
Just a simple combination of Greek yogurt, grated cucumbers, and garlic work taste magic and produce a gorgeous meal, which is best accompanied with pita bread.
Where to eat: Another staple of the country, you can find it in any of the famous Greek restaurants in Greece – you will not go wrong here.
Not a very elaborate dish but superb in taste (aren’t the best ones always are exquisite but straightforward?), it includes a leafy green vegetable of your choice, which is boiled and then drizzled with olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper, and salt.
Simple and healthy is what best describes this dish.
Where to eat: Any taverna or restaurant of Greece can whip up this delicacy in no time at all.
Grape leaves, which are stuffed with rice, pine nuts, and various herbs, are what constitute this delicious Greek dish. The leaves are then boiled in water and served after being drained.
Where to eat: Anywhere in Greece will do, especially Athens.
Green beans constitute the central part of the dish along with various other veggies like onions, baby carrots, and potatoes; and not to forget olive oil.
Where to eat: Try the tavernas of the Paros to enjoy this dish to the fullest.
Tiropites (Cheese Pies)
A marvelously cheesy stuffed filo pastry appetizer, it is the definition of finger food. Enjoy it with a cup of the best Greek tea available to experience its full flavors.
Where to eat: Cafes of Athens serve the best tiropites there are to be had!
For dessert enthusiasts, try these delicious honey walnut cookies, which melt in your mouth and leave a lovely aftertaste.
Just pure cookie deliciousness!
Where to eat: Any bakery or café will have this delicacy freshly baked cookies ready for you – straight out of the oven.
The custard-based filo pie is to die for!
Rich and creamy pastry, this will make you go for second and third helpings – without doubts.
Where to eat: Local Greek bakeries are your best bet when it comes to this delicious dessert.
Another filo based salivating-ly delicious Greek dessert, it consists of nuts, like almonds and walnuts, and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon layered on sheets of delicate filo pastry, and brushed with sugar syrup.
Baked to perfection, it is bathed in sweet syrup when hot and served with a dollop of whipped cream.
Sounds beyond delectable, doesn’t it?
Where to eat: Anywhere really, you can never go wrong with baklava!
The Greek cuisine is very diverse, intensely full of flavors, high on nutrition – in a majority of its authentic meals – and although there are many common characteristics among the dishes from different regions, there are also many differences.
Some of the most exciting, original Greek fare dishes can be gorged on in the scenic Greek islands of Crete and Corfu.
If you want to know where the Greek locals are going, you should look at what the locals are reading – try picking up their local newspapers and magazines for an authentic Greek food experience.
Go ahead – indulge your senses and tempt your taste buds with classic Greek fare.
10 Strange Greek Foods for the Visitor of Greece
1. Snails (Kohli “”Bourbouristi””). Snails fried with their shells that make a popping sound when cooked. It is considered a delicacy, especially in Crete.
2. Splinantero. A weird looking kind of sausage. Usually, it is made from the heart and spleen of lamb, both minced and staffed in the large intestine taken from a big male goat.
3. Patsas. This is the belly of the lamb chopped in small pieces that vary from thin to thick chopped pieces. It is a soup and is considered an excellent food after drinking lots of alcohol. The ultimate hangover reliever.
4. Sea urchin Salad. Either in a salad or raw with a twist of lemon, directly eaten as ripped from the sea.
5. Lamb’s head. Will you be in Greece through Easter time? Lots of lambs are roasted everywhere, and the chances are that if you are a guest, Greeks will honor you by offering this to eat, eyeballs, brains, and all.
6. Octopus fried ink sack. No, not the octopus. Just the ink sack is removed and then deep-fried. Usually met at Kalymnos.
7. Marinated Gavros. Tiny fish cooked in salt and served with a bit of oil as a food snack (“meze”).
8. Kokoretsi/Kontosouvli. Both are also prepared for Easter day (Sunday), and the first is made with leaver and fat, along with herbs all through a roasting spit and wrapped with the intestines. Kontosouvli, on the other hand, is like having lamb chops also through a roasting spit.
9. Kaltsounia sweet. Usually met in Crete. It is made with a star-shaped dough, white cheese (mizithra), with some honey and cinnamon.
10. Karidaki Sweet. It is made from a whole walnut, which is prepared for many days along with its shell to become very soft. It is eaten like that.
Super Foods of Greece
That is one superfood (of many) we regularly take in our Greek salads, breakfasts, smoothies, and more. Flaxseed is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods.
Flaxseed is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods.
While you are in Greece doing all these activities presented, you may need to take advantage of the fantastic Greek nutrition and power up your organization with what is called Greek Super Foods. Flaxseed is one of them.
Growing of flaxseed goes back to old years, and its contribution to health is well known in human history.
Flaxseed is low at carbohydrates, cholesterol, and sodium while the same time is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, phytoestrogens (lignans), vitamin B6 and minerals.
It is also known that flaxseed provides anti-acid protection and strengthens the immune system, while it helps to decrease blood pressure and cholesterol. It also helps the prevention and fights against diabetes, cancer, constipation, and inflammation.
However, do not take more than soup spoon per day, as it also carries lots of calories and, for sure, ask your physician for making it. You can add flaxseed to your breakfast serials, yogurt, salad, or even sauces and meat.
For better absorption from your organism, better grind it, or buy it already as a powder and store it in the freezer.
Here is a list of studies related to the benefits of flaxseed.
And here is a report for the nutritional value of flaxseed (source: Agricultural Research Service United States Department of Agriculture)
So, while you are in Greece, take advantage of this superfood and power up your system for activities.
Ancient Mediterranean Nutrition
Ancient Greeks were taking food very seriously and especially Mediterranean Nutrition.
For example, Hippocrates. He said: “Your Food is Your Medicine, and Your Medicine is Your Food.”
Hippocrates was a Master in the Art of Healing and Medicine. Here is a list of different foods and their benefits. Read the reason why!
Is that all about Greek Food?
Well, no. That is just a small sample of food variety from all over Greece. Read our posts for more, and don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter.