Street Food in Athens: A Varied and Tasty Experience



The main street food specialties in Athens are cheese pies in many varieties and souvlaki (small pieces of grilled veal or pork served on a skewer) and also koulouri (rings of bread sprinkled with sesame seeds). Italian tastes being extremely popular in Greece have made pizza by the slice another favorite for street food together with sandwiches of all kinds. Recently the traditional sweet loukoumades (deep fried dough with honey and cinnamon) have been rediscovered and have become a popular choice for a snack on the road, while the Middle Eastern influence is also present with falafel served as street food.  Falafellas , situated in the upcoming entertainment neighborhood of Agia Irini, very close to Monastiraki, became an immediate success,  Impasto-Pizza by the Slice in Kolonaki is a popular all-day option for the tastiest, and not to mention best value, pizza, Loukumami is a cozy place on central Panepistimiou street serving not only loukoumades but also churros and beignets, Lukumades in the center of Athens, close to Monastiraki, makes these delicious sweet bites in a modern space, served steaming hot, with honey and cinnamon,  souvlaki at  Kostas on  quiet Pentelis street, just off Mitropoleos, is considered one of the best and probably the most famous  souvlaki in Athens, at Sumsum you can enjoy genuine Middle Eastern tastes, Not Just Falafel serves a great selection of Middle Eastern and Greek wraps and dishes, Streetwok is popular for its quick, quality and affordable meals, The Pasta Shop specializes in delicious fresh pasta with all time favorite sauces, Tortuga is the place to enjoy sophisticated but affordable street food


O Kostas


Souvlaki is probably the most well known Greek food and is by far the most popular street food for Athenians and visitors. Kostas on quiet Pentelis street, just off Mitropoleos, is considered one of the best and probably the most famous ...  Read More


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Ambelokipi


The concept of Streetwok is simple: tasty, reasonably priced, quickly prepared and fresh meals. You can choose your favorite in three steps: select the base, add whatever extra ingredients you prefer, choose the sauce you like. Your order will...  Read More


The Pasta Shop
Photo courtesy of The Pasta Shop


The Pasta Shop on Kalamiotou street, right in the commercial center of Athens, is a small no frills place which serves delicious fresh pasta. Timeless classic tastes such as arrabbiata, al pesto, bolognaise, carbonara, Napoli and also...  Read More


Not Just Falafel
Photo courtesy of Not Just Falafel


At Not Just Falafel, very close to Syntagma square, you can enjoy falafel made with chick peas grown in the foothills of Mt. Olympus plus a great selection of Middle Eastern and Greek wraps and dishes. Plenty of vegetarian/vegan selections,...  Read More


Tortuga Food Bar
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Tortuga Food Bar opened in October 2014 in the neighborhood of Pangrati and is the first slow food bar in town, with specialties such as the international tortilla and sophisticated but affordable street food. The tortillas are home made, made...  Read More




Simple things are the best in life. Like the unforgettable tastes of childhood. That is what Lukumades is all about. In this attractive space on Eolou street in downtown Athens you can taste the delicious round, crisp lukumades with honey and...  Read More




Loukoumades are a traditional Greek sweet, made with deep fried dough which is then dipped in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. They must always be eaten hot to be enjoyed to the maximum. Recently this traditional taste has been rediscovered...  Read More


Sumsum
Photo courtesy of Sofia Bennett


Sumsum is the new favorite amongst street food restaurants in Athens. The name is inspired by the basic ingredient of Arab cuisine, namely sesame, and the space is located on central Solonos street. Traditional Arab specialties are served here...  Read More


Falafellas
Photo courtesy of Falafellas


Falafellas is definitely the place for falafel lovers and all those who like reasonably priced healthy light food to nibble on the street. Situated in the upcoming entertainment neighborhood of Agia Irini, very close to Monastiraki, Falafellas...  Read More


Impasto pizza by the slice
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Following the recent surge in the street-food scene, Impasto-Pizza by the Slice in Kolonaki is the new, popular all-day option for the tastiest, and not to mention best value, pizza! In its ultra-modern design space, you can watch your...  Read More


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Meet Nelly Paraskevopoulou

Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles.  For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back...  More About Nelly

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