Must Eats in Greece
Updated: Apr 14
It's been 5 years since my (first ever solo international trip) to Greece, and I'm still dreaming of the delicious fresh flavors of Greece. I can say that in my time on Santorini and Corfu I happily earned myself a big fat Greek food belly. Here are my absolute favorite foods that I would recommend to anyone visiting Greece.
This one might seem obvious, but it could also easily be over looked because it's just olives. However, in Greece, it's not just olives. Even if you're not a fan of the stinky little guys back home, try them when you're here! They are so fresh, delicious, and pretty inexpensive too. You can get them at most restaurants as an inexpensive appetizer or stop by a shop and pick some up. One of my main disappointments with Kalamatas at home are that they are oddly mushy. In Greece I found them to have the perfect texture.
In addition to the olives themselves, be sure to try olive tapenade! It is an olive spread that's delicious on fresh bread. It's often served as an appetizer at restaurants.
These coffee drinks made from Nescafe are what my dreams are made of. They are frothy, foamy, light, and refreshing. While you can order them with or without sugar, I find that with sugar is the best. The sugar doesn't overwhelm the coffee flavor, it simply compliments it. Sip on one of these on a black sand beach or while strolling the charming streets of Fira town, mmmmm. But these bad boys require a straw for the full experience, so don't forget to pack along a reusable one!
This one should've really been at the top of my list. It's one of those foods that sadly seems to get overlooked when visiting Greece. Fava is not made with fava beans, but rather yellow split peas. It is thick and creamy. It is similar to a hummus, but chunkier and dare I say tastier. It is generally served as an appetizer, with red onion and capers on top, a drizzle of olive oil, and bread on the side. While most Greeks just dip their bread in this dish, I spooned it into my mouth because I was working on that big fat Greek food belly I mentioned earlier. I couldn't get enough of this dish!
Red Donkey Beer
The Santorini Brewing Company brews an amazing selection of donkey beers- from the citrus Yellow Donkey to the Crazy Donkey IPA. I have fond
memories of drinking a hoppy, iced cold Red Donkey at Karafa Tavern staring out at the viscous waves crashing on Karterados beach. This beer is great solo, and amazing while popping fresh kalamatas and slurping up pasta with homemade tomato sauce.
I spent most of my time in Greece eating the above foods, along with different variations of fried and grilled vegetables, pasta with sauce, and salads. I also had some fluffy balls of dough for breakfast which I was told were "Greek pancakes", however upon further research I believe may have been Loukomades. It's still up for debate. Anyways, they were darn good. What are some amazing dishes (preferably vegan or veganizable) that I should try on my next trip to Greece? Have you tried any that I mentioned?