Since this is a combination tour and the first half being a food tour we started by trying an array of local delicacies.
Greek Coffee: The first stop is a local hangout to get some traditional Greek Coffee. We were recommended to drink it the Greek way, and boy was it strong! It's acomapanied with loukoumakia which are little gummy bites covered in powdered sugar and visino which are cherries soaked in a sweet syrup. We also got a little glimpse into how they make the coffee.
Varvakios Market: This is one of Athens bigger markets and where many locals come to shop. They have a whole area dedicated to selling meat and fish as well as other areas selling cheeses, olives, breads, fruits, veggies and so much more! We were able to get samples from some of the stall owners.
Meze: This next stop was a feast! We visited a cafe where we tried mousaka, spinach pie, lentil pie, and a plate consisting of feta cheese, graviera (yellow cheese), greek sausage, aubergines, mushrooms, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese paste. Most food tours only give a tasting, but our guide made sure we ate until we coudn't anymore. We got multiple plates of food to share. My personal favorite was the Graviera and Sausage.
Loukamades: The last stop on the food portion of the tour is dessert! We got to try traditional Loukamades with honey, cinamon, caramelized almonds and vanilla ice cream as well as some covered with chocolate and almonds. It only takes one bite to fall in love with these cute fried dough balls.
After the first half of the tour finished, the second half started right away.
Psyri: We began in an area where we explored some narrow streets full of beautiful street art! All the art we saw was done by young aspiring artists and man, does Athens have talent!
Monstraki Market: We then walked around the busiest market. You can find almost anything from one of the many stores lining the street. I was warned profusely about pick pocketors, so I clutched my things tightly and headed in. It's an overwhelming place and as we didn't have time to do any shopping, I decided to explore on my own time.
Plaka: This was one of my favorite areas of Athens! I could have spent hours getting lost down the many picturesque side streets. We wandered past charming houses and traditional tavernas. I found the area mysterious and endearing. I knew after the tour, I would want to make my way back and see what else I could uncover.
Brettos Bar: Our last stop was to get a Masticha, a traditional drink at Brettos Bar. It was the perfect place to end the tour.