Greece is a food lover’s paradise with a rich culinary history that dates back thousands of years. With a Mediterranean climate and fertile land, Greek Gastronomy features a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, wine, meats, and seafood. During your Greece tour, visit or holiday you’ll have ample opportunities sample Greek olive oil, which is one of the oldest ingredients in Greek cooking.
Each region and Greek island feature local delicacies to try but here is our guide to the top 15 must-try dishes and drinks on your next Greece Vacation.
1) Tzatziki -Very popular and classic Greek dip/appetizer made of strained yogurt, garlic, cucumber, olive oil, fresh dill and goes with almost every dish.
2) Moussaka – A classic Greek dish made with layers of minced lamb, eggplant, and béchamel sauce. It’s hearty and full of flavor.
3) Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna) - Baked layers of pasta, juicy minced beef, bechamel and tomato sauce, topped melted cheese.
4) Spanakopita – This savory pastry is made with phyllo dough and stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. It’s perfect for a light lunch or snack.
5) Gyro – This popular street food is made with seasoned meat (usually pork or chicken) that’s roasted on a vertical spit and served in a pita with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce.
Definitely try the Gyros served on the street for a delicious, quick and inexpensive meal.
6) Souvlaki – Similar to a gyro, this dish is made with skewered and grilled meat (usually pork, chicken, or lamb) served with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, either wrapped in a pita or served on a plate with French fries, lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce.
7) Greek Seafood - As an island and coastal country seafood is a big part of the Greek cuisine and is exceptional and not to be missed. Taste the octopus, oysters, squid, jumbo shrimp, snapper pie and other Greek fish dishes.
8) Dolmades – These stuffed grape leaves are filled with rice, herbs, and sometimes ground meat. They’re often served as an appetizer or meze.
9) Saganaki - Fried cheese with flour and sometimes lit on fire with brandy (flambeed at the table) for showmanship in a restaurant.
11) Baklava – A sweet pastry made with layers of phyllo dough, chopped nuts, and honey syrup.
It’s rich and indulgent.
10) Greek Salad – A simple and refreshing salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese, and olives. It’s usually dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.
12) Ouzo – This anise-flavored liquor is a popular aperitif in Greece. It’s usually served with meze and is best enjoyed chilled.
13) Retsina – This traditional Greek wine is flavored with pine resin, giving it a unique taste. It’s often paired with seafood.
14) Muscat - Ancient Greek sweet and light wine often paired with light salads or grilled seafood.
15) Frappe – A popular Greek iced coffee drink made with instant coffee, sugar, and water. It’s blended until frothy and served over ice.
Make sure to try these classic dishes and drinks during your time in Greece and explore the many other culinary delights the country has to offer! A delicious Greek meal with an amazing view on the Greek Islands is an experience you'll remember forever.
Also check out our recent blog on Guide to Greek Wines
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