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The 7 Best Greek Dishes To Try In Athens

The beating heart of the Mediterranean cuisine is in Greece. And what better place to try Greek food than in the nations ancient capital, Athens? Take a big bite of moussaka, a hearty meat and eggplant casserole or indulge in loukoumades aka classic greek doughnuts, you really can’t go wrong.

Known for being healthy, hearty and utterly delicious, you can go wrong with any of these Greek classics.

The Best Greek Dishes To Try In Athens

1. Spanakopita

This bread pie is the love child of spinach cheese dip and a croissant. Perfectly flaky and crispy layers top juicy spinach and cheese making for a delicious Greek treat. You can find spanakopita all over the capital, but Bougatsa Thessaloniki does it best.

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2. Moussaka

Though moussaka originated in Turkey, it spread to Greece in the Ottoman times. Over the centuries, Greeks have made moussaka a staple in their cuisine, which is why we think it’s worth it to take a few bites in Athens. Greek moussaka is a hearty casserole layered with eggplant, potatoes and spiced meat. The best spot to enjoy a big plate of moussaka is Maiandros.

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3. Amygdalota

Amygdalotas are naturally gluten-free almond cookies and the perfect side-kick to your morning coffee. There are many different versions of the amygalota, but two things are definite, almonds and tastiness. You can find these cookies at several cafes and bakeries, but we think Mitropolitikon does them best.

4. Kolokithokeftedes (courgette balls)

This veggie starter is the perfect accompaniment to any Greek meal. Feta is combined with fresh mint and salt and is always perfectly crispy. You’re sure to have a hard time not eating them by the handful. Find them at Kallipateira.

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5. Tomaotokeftedes (Santorini tomato fritters)

Greece is known to have some of the freshest, juiciest tomatoes in the world, which is why trying these Santorini tomato treats is a must. Made primarily with tomato onion and mint, these chunky bites of flavour are a favourite. Enjoy a plate (or five) at Hliogerma.

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6. Gyro

Easily the most recognizable of Greek food are gyros! Meat is spiced to the high heavens and roasted on a spit then packed into a pita and smothered in sauce and veggies. You can’t go wrong with any gyro, but lamb is the traditional route. Stop by The Station to enjoy this Greek classic!

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7. Loukoumades

Imagine dense doughnut holes smothered with honey, walnuts and cinnamon, and you’ve got loukoumades. Perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, you won’t be able to forget them! Enjoy them as a dessert at Loukoumades.

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Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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