Greek gastronomy has recorded a history of around 4,000 years, with especial characteristics based on pure and unique quality goods produced on Greek soil. In fact, it was Archestratos who wrote the first cookbook in history (330 B.C.). In truth Greek cuisine has four secrets: good quality fresh ingredients, correct use of flavorings (herbs) and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and simplicity.
Olive oil, honey, salt and cheese may be the signature tastes one remembers after having a meal in Greece. However, there are countless ways to impress your palette and satisfy your cravings with a variety of tastes that go beyond your imagination and due to the ever-generous Mediterranean Sea, you are able to enjoy a meal by the sea with a variety of delicious fresh fish. .
Renowned for its prominent Mediterranean cuisine, Athens offers an outstanding gastronomic way of living. Its contemporary urban vibe and sense of western-eastern flavors caters to diversified appetites and styles. From the traditional world-famous recipes such as moussaka or souvlaki to contemporary Greek cuisine and Michelin awarded restaurants.
Finally, when it comes to drinking, wine has been imbedded in the Greek culture since the ancient times and is still being served with meals in restaurants or in bars. Many Greeks have decided to develop the art of fine winery and therefor, you may find hundreds of wineries around the country and countless wine bars in all cities and islands. Other famous Greek drinks include Ouzo, Raki and the mysterious Mastic, that can only be produced in an island of Greece as the plants of its origin are unable to grow successfully anywhere else in the entire world for reasons still unknown to this day.