39 Delicious Food and Drinks You Have to Try in Greece
Oh, mamma mia! Food.
How much do you love food? Because I love trying new dishes, this is undoubtedly one of the reasons I love to travel so much.
I could never go to a place where I already know the food is not good. It will ruin my vacation (please don't judge me on this).
If you are already following me, you surely know how much I love eating. I went to Chef school in Italy after all, if a Chef doesn't like to eat, how can their food be delicious?
That is why I love cooking, but mostly, I love trying new cuisines. I honestly believe it is the best way to know a country, through its food, you learn its culture and its history.
Food makes people happy anytime, after a hard day at work. This is what makes me happy, a good meal. And this is what makes me even more satisfied when I travel, after exploring all day, a good dinner and a good glass of local wine/beer.
See the happiness on your waiter's face when he sees you eating and loves its local food. When you tell him that it was the best meal you ever had, that you value his restaurant food so much, you are going to tell everyone they have to go there and have a meal.
Food is the best way to make friends, trust me (unless you meet people who don't like food, but do they exist?).
That is why I made this list, to introduce you to everything Greece has to offer, or at least the most popular dishes, because every region and every island have some local dishes, like almost everywhere in the world.
But don't worry, if I have been there, I made a list like this one, adding the more regional dishes so that you won't miss anything.
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1. Greek Yogurt:
Oh my God, how much I love Greek yoghurt.
It is so creamy and delicious and trusts me that Greek yoghurt in Greece is very different from the Greek yoghurt you can buy in any supermarket worldwide. In Greece, it has an entirely different level of goodness.
It is perfect on its own or with some sweet local honey and maybe some nuts. It is doesn't matter how you eat it. It is going to be delicious anyway.
Greek coffee is a pretty potent brew of coffee, and it is served with a bit of brown foam on top.
It is made with very thin coffee ground, and it is not filtered.
When you receive your cup of coffee in Greece (if you order a Greek coffee, otherwise don't worry, they also have the regular espresso), you have to wait a bit before drinking it to give time to the coffee ground to settle at the bottom of your cup.
People used to read the coffee ground left at the bottom of their cup.
Spanakopita is a delicious savoury local spinach pie, absolutely perfect as part of your lunch, dinner or a quick snack at any time of the day.
It is made with spinach (of course), parsley, onions, garlic, dry dill, eggs and feta cheese, all wrapped up in light layers of phyllo pastry.
Then it all goes to the oven to be perfectly baked.
Spanakopita is a must-try while in Greece. You can get it in local restaurants but also Greek bakeries, it is the perfect solution for a healthy and very cheap meal.
Tiropita is a cheese pie made with layers of phyllo pastry and filled with a delicious mix of eggs and cheese. You can find it in most of the bakery and local lunch spots. It is very filling and highly cheap (1,20 euros).
When it is made with kasseri cheese, it is called kasseropita.
Koulouri looks like a Pretzel, but it doesn't state as a Pretzel. This delicious savoury pastry is usually filled with fest cheese or olives and sprinkled with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flax or sunflower seeds.
It is very cheap (can cost around 0,50-0,60 cents), and you can buy it at some street vendors or in any Greek bakery.
Pide is a flatbread/pita bread with different toppings, stone oven-baked. It is originally from Turkey but also from Greece.
The topping can be anything, like veggies, meat or cheese, or all of them together.
It is a delicious option for a cheap meal while in Greece.
7. Choriatiki or Greek Salad:
One of the most famous salads is the Greek salad, and honestly, who doesn't love it?
I had it almost every day while visiting Greece.
It was my favourite lunch, while on the beach or to keep myself light while exploring. If you don't know this salad, here are the ingredients:
tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh onions, olives, feta cheese, green peppers, olive oil and a lot of oregano.
In Greek, Saganaki means a wide variety of dishes prepared in a frying pan, the most famous and known is the fried cheese served with a slice of lemon.
I had it more than once, and it was served with a spicy sauce instead of lemon.
The cheese used to prepare this delicious Saganaki is the Graviera (don't worry, I talk about it below in the "Greeks cheeses"), but you can use different kinds of hard cheese that melt beautifully.
If you like courgettes/zucchini, you will love this Greek dish. Kolokithokeftedes is fried courgettes balls, the perfect starter for your meal or as a main course.
I honestly like them so much I had them as a main course.
You can find them everywhere around Greece, and they are always delicious.
Another fabulous "meze" is the Tomatokeftedes. They are fried tomatoes balls originally from Santorini. They are made with tomatoes pureed, flour, herbs, spices, onion, parsley, mint, salt and black peppers, all mixed to create a dought and then deep-fried.
Better served with Tzatziki (you will eat a lot of Tzatziki in Greece, it goes with everything).
11. Greeks olives:
Greece is a paradises for olive lovers. Here, you will find so many different types of olives that you will eat a different one every day during your vacation.
They are usually served as aperitivo while you wait for your meal at a restaurant or as part of a local dish.
Tip: The good thing is that they sell them also in vacuum bags so you can bring some back home with you as souvenirs for yourself and your family.
This could be the perfect souvenir for an olive lover.
Greek honey is delicious, like every natural honey.
To make sure to buy natural honey (and avoid the fake one where they add sugar in it), you can check the price.
Usually, in supermarkets worldwide, you see a big jar of honey at a very low price. Well, that is not real and pure honey, it is modified honey, and it is very far from being pure and from having all the goodies that honey has to offer.
So, when you see a small jar of honey sold in a local market, and the price is around 5 or 6 euros (I mean, I am talking about a 150gr), it is probably good.
Of course, making sure to buy it from the owner, in my opinion, is the best way to be sure your honey is natural.
My parents always go to Slovenia (my hometown is near the Slovenia border, in Italy) and go straight to the beekeeper to buy its products.
You can do it while in Greece. I did it on Ios island. Just ask locals if they know a beekeeper or a honey shop in the area you are exploring. They should probably know.
Or just look for it online.
This delicious sour and creamy sauce is the perfect one to eat meat, vegetables, bread and anything else you like with it.
Tzatziki is made with Greek yoghurt, drained cucumber, salt, lemon juice, garlic and fresh herbs, usually dill or mint, refreshing and filling.
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Tirokafteri is a delicious cheese sauce. "Tiri" means cheese, and "kaftery" means spicy, so spicy cheese sauce.
You can find it made with different kinds of cheese, it always depends on which region of Greece you are visiting, but it is usually made with feta, olive oil, hot peppers, garlic, red wine vinegar and lemon juice.
It is usually eaten with pita bread or with meat and vegetables.
15. Taramasalata or Taramosalata:
Taramasalata is usually eaten as part of the "meze" (Greek starter), and it is made with tarama, the salted and cured roe of the cod.
Still, it can also be from carp, grey mullet, all mixed with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, spring onion, vinegar (instead of lemon juice), peppers and potato.
It is a perfect dip, like the Tzatziki, to eat with bread or vegetables.
This very particular Ottoman dish is made in different ways. Dolmades can be made with rice, rice and meat, fish, vegetables or fruits, wrapped up with leaves, usually with grape ones, but can also be wrapped up in cabbage leaves.
They are delicious and filling.
My favourite way to eat them is by dipping them in Tzatziki sauce.