There are so many delicious foods that you can try in Greece! The local restaurants offer plenty of food to choose from, but which should you try?

For more international food & drink recipes, sign up for Michelle Valentine's email newsletter.

Take a look at the different food and beverages offered in Greece, and before long you’ll know exactly what to order when you’re in a restaurant.


One of my personal favorite appetizers local to Greece is tzatziki dip: a creamy and tangy dip made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and dill. I love it best when it’s served on warm pita bread or over a nice big slice of spinach pie!

If tzatziki isn’t your thing, some other yummy dips you’ll find at most local restaurants in the city are taramasalata and melitzanosalata.

More to love:  Homemade Salmon Croquettes recipe

Taramasalata is made from fish roe, and melitzanosalata is made from roasted or smoked eggplant.


When it comes to entrees, Greek food does not disappoint!

A couple of great dishes are gemista, a dish of stuffed tomatoes and peppers, and moussaka, a casserole-like dish made with eggplants, potatoes, and minced lamb.

And of course, you can’t go wrong with a good old-fashioned gyro! Gyros are a kind of sandwich consisting of lamb meat, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce. Here’s a great recipe for Greek Garlic Gyro.


Don’t forget dessert!

By far the best dessert that you should try in Greece is baklava, a layered filo pastry filled with walnuts and honey.

More to love:  Alfredo Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

It’s so sweet, and I can eat many of these little morsels!


When looking for a unique drink in Athens, you have a few different options.

Brandy and ouzo (a dry, licorice-flavored drink) are the national aperitifs of Greece, so they’re definitely worth trying if you want to drink like the Greeks do.

In fact, wine is drunk at almost every meal in Greece, so go ahead and raise a glass!

If you’re looking for a drink of water, the tap water in Greece is perfectly safe to drink; however, it’s often chlorinated.

Restaurant Tipping Customs

After your meal is finished, be sure to tip your servers accordingly.

More to love:  Simple Italian Meatball Recipe

While there are no specific tipping rules in Greece, a 10% tip is considered customary in the majority of local restaurants.

The next time you vacation in Greece, be sure to check out the local restaurants!

The local cuisine is exquisite, and there’s bound to be something for everyone on the menu.

Love Cooking?

Try these online virtual cooking classes: