Five Shots: Greek Havens to Eat

Just back from our recent group trip to Athens and the Aegean Sea, and daily we looked for that special place to sit and relax and sample the local cuisine. Where would you like to eat?

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Athens, walking around the Acropolis.

How about walking around the Plaka district in Athens to find your perfect spot? The side streets function as outdoor sitting areas. Climb up the steps and enjoy a meal on the roof top restaurants. 

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Athens side streets abound with cafes and rooftop restaurants.
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Too early yet, but at night, the Parthenon complex glows.

Here’s one we chose, hoping it would be fine since we didn’t want to descend all the steps and look for something else. 

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It was just fine.  We enjoyed the breeze and the view of the city. 

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Stuffed tomatoes and peppers, calamari, Greek salad.

Grecians have a great lifestyle. From noon to five, people stay indoors. The city comes to life at night and shops stay open until 11p.m. The object is to meander around or sit and talk while the sun sets, setting facades aglow. The temperatures throughout the trip were warm and dry. We frequently ate dinner after 8:30p.m.  

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View from the rooftop restaurant, Athens.

Maybe you would prefer to eat at the shoreline of Mykonos? 

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We spent an hour just eating the appetizer. I love fresh bread dipped in Tzatziki. The wine was delicious. 

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Sometimes the wild waves and wind of Mykonos are too loud for normal conversation. At the island of Patmos, it was nice to have a quiet meal at the pebbled shoreline.  

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Quiet Patmos

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Fried smelt is an acquired taste. If you like majestic views, the popular island of Santorini is the spot for you. 

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Santorini boasts it’s the prettiest island of the 220 Cyclades islands.  

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Once you take the tram up to the island top, finding a relaxing cafe for a snack is easy. 

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I loved the smoked salmon. Santorini has a brewery, and we sampled. 

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Have a sit and look out over the city of Santorini. 

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One day, I’m going back and staying at one of the other lesser known islands. A month in the summer would do. Dream on! 

What setting would you pick for taking a break and having a meal? 

38 thoughts on “Five Shots: Greek Havens to Eat

  1. One of the shorelines for me

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    1. The smells and colors and waves lapping are hard to beat!

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  2. Great photos. Makes me want to visit.

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    1. Hi! I hope you will get a chance to. It was a grand destination.

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      1. Sure look sit. Thanks for sharing.

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        1. My pleasure. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I’d happily settle for Mykonos, fresh bread, Tzatziki and the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.
    What more could anyone ask for?

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    1. Maybe for Meg and Michelle to sit at the table with you as you talk the night away? 😉

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      1. You’re a mind reader!

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  4. I’m going with the seashore table in Patmos. It reminds me of a restaurant we used to like in Bodrum, Turkey.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Oh, good choice. It was the least crowded island. I like that about Patmos.

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  5. OH MY GOSH! Those two cafe-lined shots of Athens made me
    melt. I could just be there and feel perfectly content. But the other shots as well…amazing. The seashores…the food. So envious.

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    1. I’ve been practicing making the Greek food we loved eating so much. The vegetables were so fresh. I liked the vibe of the city of Athens, too. Even though there’s a lot of people, there are so many hidden corners and rooftops to make you feel like you have it all to yourself. Thank you, Keith.

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  6. Makes me want to go on holiday as soon as possible!

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    1. I know! You plan and plan and anticipate. It happens and you are sense bombarded. You come home and look at the pictures and wonder if it were all a dream. Hope you get a break soon. Stu.

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  7. Well, these all look like lovely places to go for some lunch 🙂

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    1. They were. No shortage of fine wine, beer, and seafood. My idea of heaven.

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  8. Stuffed tomatoes and peppers, calamari, Greek salad with baby spinach (?) and what type of dressing?

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    1. Olive oil and vinegar. Very light, very healthy! The Feta cheese gives it a punch of flavor, too. Thanks, Allen!

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      1. I was surprised to see the fried smelt. I associate that with the Pacific Northwest, especially around the Columbia River. Have you had grilled anchovies?

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        1. No, I haven’t. I must confess the smelt are not something my pallette appreciates. Add anchovies and sardines to the list. 😉

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  9. Number 2 Athens side streets would be my pick. I like the outdoor eating spots I’ve sampled in different parts of the world. That smoked salmon looked good too.

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    1. Welcome, Ian. Salmon. So simple. So delicious. If you like to interact and feel a part of humanity, the vibe of a good time, you’d be happy on the steps in Athens. I liked how they were lit up. It’s a magical place in the evening. We all felt completely safe.

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  10. No matter how they try to screw Greece up, tourism will always be immense. Where to eat? Hmmm .. everything looks great.

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    1. It was. There are plenty of places where unemployment is high and hardship aplenty. We were obviously at some very touristy places and all was shiny and pretty.

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  11. I would try them all 🙂 Food is a great part of my itinerary 🙂

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    1. I couldn’t agree more. After the trip, it’s a lot of fun remembering the plate of food. It’s an important sense association, isn’t it?

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      1. It definitely is. When you eat the same food as the locals, you know more about the place you are visiting.

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        1. I’m trying my hand at replicating Moussaka. They are great cooks using the simplest ingredients.

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          1. What I learned is that many ingredients taste different in different countries, especially the meats. It is very difficult to replicate local food 😦

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          2. You are so right, Inese. Take the tomatoes. Ripe here and the soil gives it a taste that is different from the soil in Greece. The olive oil, I bet, is lighter and would taste different than the ones create in Phoenix or California.

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          3. Exactly. And what they feed to their cattle makes a huge difference too. It is why we should try everything when we travel, even if we bring home some extra pounds on our waist:)

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          4. :). I’m off to take a walk as we write.

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  12. Great photos , you had such a wonderful time 🙂
    Thanx for sharing

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  13. Santorini. Smoked salmon and a beer? Sorted! 🙂 They all look great though to mix it up.

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    1. It’s all a lovely dream. I want to take the best shots of the trip and blow it up and frame it for the wall.

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