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Hey everyone, I’ve recently became a foodie as a result of the pandemic, and I love cooking recipes from all over the world. Do you have any regions in Greece that are best known for their food?
 
Hey everyone, I’ve recently became a foodie as a result of the pandemic, and I love cooking recipes from all over the world. Do you have any regions in Greece that are best known for their food?
There is so much diversity in Greek cuisine. Each region has something special, but I think that Athens will have some of the best street food, and great options for high end and fancy food. Crete and Cyprus have very unique and distinguished food, with super high quality ingredients. I would also recommend Lemnos. Lemnos is not as popular but they have a grey food and wine selection! I visited last summer and it was amazing!!!
 
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I also suggest looking into the cuisine of Crete. The food there is ultra fresh because the island is self sustaining. Mostly everything that is cooked on Crete originated on the island. Santorini also has some interesting dishes due to its unique growing conditions. The soil is volcanic, and this affects the produce. Their tomatoes, for example, are special and find their way in a lot of dishes.
 
I went to this amazing restaurant near Athens that had many "politika" dishes, totally worth trying a diverse range of Greek foods.

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If you want to try an alternative to traditional gyro and souvlakia go to Plaka (Monastiraki) ,down close to the metro, and try Thanasi's or Savas. They make a kebab which melts in your mouth and also have many of the traditional Greek appetizers....and they are across the street from each other so if your super hungry you can try both and take home leftovers haha. Actually Savas opened a second location right down the street with a 3rd floor dinning room that has a view of the Acropolis too!20180626_163223_Original.jpg
 
Thanasis, Monastiraki, best kebab ever!!!
 
Thanasis, Monastiraki, best kebab ever!!!
What about non street food? I want to explore the less touristy restaurants with traditional cuisine. Any recommendations?
 
I would definitely suggest Crete and especially one taverna tucked in a village in Chania. It is called Ntounias and it is a restaurant cum farm with an amazing host, Stelios, who cooks everything in clay pots and open fires. No electricity, no microwaves plus he makes everything from scratch: he grows the vegetables, feeds the animals, makes honey and wine, and amazing bread. It is slow cooking at its best. Feel free to ask for more suggestions!




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What about non street food? I want to explore the less touristy restaurants with traditional cuisine. Any recommendations?
I would recommend trying out a "Politko" restaurant! It's a style of food from Greek Constantinople and it's sooo good. It's very similar to traditional Greek food, but with a twist. Pera restaurant in Athens is super authentic and there's very few tourists.
 
A nice experience would also be ERGON deli cum restaurant at Mitropoleos st, where you can have a taste of local ingredients from Greek islands and mainland in a beautiful environment, too.

Very good breakfast choices, too.
 

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I'm in the midst of planning an itinerary focused on exploring these influences and I’d love to hear from you about the must-visit spots where one can best experience the essence of the Venetian presence in Greece.

Do any of you have recommendations for specific towns, buildings, ruins, or even local festivities that embody this cultural blend? Any hidden gems or lesser-known locations that surprised you with their Venetian charm?

Of course, I expect Crete, with its famed Venetian fortresses and the romantic old town of Chania, to be part of this list. But I'm certain there is a wealth of places, perhaps on other islands or on the mainland, which equally showcase this unique period of history. I also know there are influences in Corfu. Is there anywhere else?

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Favorite Smaller Islands to Visit on Greece

I'm planning a trip to Greece later this year and would love some advice. While I've heard a lot about the popular islands like Santorini and Mykonos, I'm more interested in exploring some of the smaller, lesser-known islands.

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Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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I’m planning a trip to the beautiful Peloponnese region in Greece and I’d love to hear about your favorite places to visit there. Whether it’s hidden gems, historical sites, stunning beaches, or charming towns—I'd appreciate any recommendations.

Some of the spots I’ve already heard great things about include:
  • Nafplio: The picturesque seaport town with its medieval castles and vibrant streets.
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Should We Stop in Corinth?

I'm planning a trip to the Peloponnese, and I'm debating whether it’s worth stopping in Corinth on my way there. Has anyone made a similar trip? If so, could you share your experiences?

I'm particularly interested in:
  • Historical Sites: Are the ancient ruins and historical sites in Corinth worth visiting?
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