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What to eat in Athens

When people think of Athens, they think of ‘Greek food’ like gyros or souvlakis. Hey, it makes sense, right? After all, Athens is the capital of Greece and since Greek food in the US or Europe tends to gravitate toward souvlakis and gyros, it would make sense that Athenian food would be quite heavy on those two international dishes.
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 If you are traveling to Athens, you need to look past yummy gyros and look toward the sea. That’s right-authentic Athenian, and Greek food for that matter, is heavy with the rich bounty of the seas.

Not expecting Athenian food to live up to popular Greek dishes abroad is stretching it. This is no different than expecting Mexican food in the heart of Mexico to lean mostly towards tacos and burritos or Italian peninsular food to consist mostly of pasta and pizza. It doesn’t work that way.

Seafood lovers’ delight

If you find yourself in Athens, you might want to forget about red meat, chicken, pork, or lamb dishes for a while and truly immerse yourself in the culinary kaleidoscope Athens is capable of delivering when it comes to seafood.

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A great place to eat authentic Athenian seafood fare is Margaro in Piraeus. It stands out for its unpretentious décor and heavy duty seafood taste. The great thing about the mullet, shrimp, langoustine, and other seafood dishes is that they aren’t dolled up or made pretty for diners. They are unadorned, simply prepared, and packed with flavor. If you want an authentic Athenian dining experience, you need to stop by Margaro at least once while visiting the city.

Other great dishes you should try at Athens include grilled octopus, fried squid, and lots of mussels.

Of course, no Greek meal should begin without a nice salad complete with salty feta cheese and Greek Kalamata olives. This adds some nice texture to the culinary Hellenic tour you’re about to undertake.

In addition to the wide array of prepared octopus, you need to sample the different ways squid is prepared in Greece. For the more adventurous travelers to Athens out there, make sure to check out some of the many fish roe dishes on offer.

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