Food & Drink

Top 8 Greek Foods to try

These simple characteristics have made traditional Greek cuisine a staple in many restaurants around the globe.

Greek cuisine is a favourite takeout food in North America. It has earned the reputation of being ‘hard to fail’. But Greece will have eateries and tavernas that keep up with tradition and make classic dishes without the same ornamentation our local restaurants can’t resist.

You can expect authentic Mediterranean recipes rich in history and prepared with fresh Mediterranean ingredients.

Our Travel Experts’ List of the Best Traditional Foods in Greece. And where you can find them:


Classic Greek casserole made with ground lamb meat, rich sauce, eggplants, potatoes, and topped off with creamy Bechamel sauce. Moussaka, baked to golden perfection in an oven, is the ultimate Greek comfort food.

It’s easy to find it:

  • Lion: Makrygianni Street 19-21, Athens 11742, Greece
  • Eva’s Garden: N. Kalogera 2, Goumenio Square, Mykonos Town 846 00, Greece
  • The Greco’s ProjectMitropoleos 5 Nikis, Athens105 57, Greece


This vertical rotisserie sliced meat dish, also known as ‘ye-rose in Greek, is a take on donair. Gyros are usually made from pork and served with tzatziki sauce and tomato slices. They can also be wrapped in a grilled pita and topped with fries.

Where to find it:

  • O Thanasis: Mitropoleos 69, Monastiraki, Athens 105 55, Greece
  • PitoGyros Traditional Grill HouseOia 84702, Greece
  • Piotita Palaiakis:11 Platia Varnava. Athens 116 35., Greece


This cheese is known in North America as the “flaming cheese” and often serves lots of theatrics. In Greece, saganaki is served with very little fanfare. This square-cut cheese appetizer, pan-fried to crisp gold, pairs well with Metaxa, Ouzo, and beer.

Where to find it:

  • Elia, Kamari Beach Kamari 847 00 in Greece
  • Oineas RestaurantAisopou 9 Athens, 10554, Greece
  • Argo Restaurant, By Fira 847.00, Santorini (Greece)


A Greek staple fast food, Souvlaki was first served hot from skewers. Souvlaki, also known as Kalamaki in southern Greece (including Athens), comes with fries, lemon wedges and generous amounts of tzatziki sauce. Sometimes it’s served in a wrap with pita bread and chopped vegetables.

Where to find it:

  • Kosta’s Souvlaki, Agia Irinis Square 2 Monastiraki Athens 104 31 Greece
  • O Kostas,5 Pentelis Syntagma, Athens10560, Greece
  • Kalamaki Kolonaki :Ploutarchou32, Kolonaki. Athens.
  • Lucky’s Souvlaki: Fira Santorini, Fira 84700, Greece

Fresh Seafood

Take a seat at a beachside restaurant while you’re on the Greek islands to enjoy fresh seafood prepared with aromatic spices. Steamed mussels with tomato sauce, grilled or deep-fried octopus and Bakalar (fried cod) are some of the most popular dishes.

Where to find it:

  • Athenian House: Fira – Oia Pedestrian Street, Imerovigli, Imerovigli 84700, Greece
  • Kikis Tavern: Agios Sostis Beach, 846 00, Mykonos, Greece
  • To Psaraki: Vlychada Marina, Vlychada 847010, Santorini, Greece
  • Varoulko SeasideAkti Koloundourou 52. Mikrolimano 185 33. Athens, Greece
  • Ithaki restaurant:28 Apollonos Vouliagmeni 163, Athens, Greece


Meze dishes can be small appetizers, often served with ouzo, mastika, or raki. You can find olives with feta cheese at a taverna, ouzeri or other establishments.

You can try it:

Nearly everywhere!


Spaghetti is a savoury spinach pie made of crunchy filo pastry. It’s usually filled with spinach, feta and onions. Every region of Greece has its version of this traditional pie. Some look like calzones, and others are made with thicker, flour-based crusts.

Where to Try it

Nearly everywhere!

Handmade Desserts

Greek desserts can be fried, creamy, or drizzled with honey or syrup. They are simple yet delicious. Visit the Athens markets and cafes to pick up a plate full of Greek desserts.

Where to Try it

Nearly everywhere!


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