For all those vegans and vegetarians planning to visit Athens and wondering if the Greek menu is all about souvlaki… well, we have a surprise for you! Turns out there’s plenty of options for vegetarian food in Athens and throughout all of Greece.
While lamb, beef, and pork are popular dishes in Greece, much of Greek cuisine is actually vegetarian-based — and anything that isn’t vegetarian can be made to suit the vegetarian diet. Which is actually not so surprising, because vegetarianism originated in the civilisations of ancient India and, yes, ancient Greece.
Meanwhile, today, the Greek diet is famed for its healthy approach to eating, with heavy emphasis on fresh, colourful produce. Greece’s climate makes it ideal for growing fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, onions, spinach, artichokes, fennel, lettuce, cabbage, zucchini, eggplant, and peppers — all popular ingredients in Greek cuisine.
So if you’re visiting Athens, don’t be misled by restaurants or tavernas advertising souvlaki to the majority of tourists! Take a closer look at their menus, and you’ll find a great variety of fresh fish, eggplant and zucchini pies, salads, pligouri burgers, soups, boiled greens such as vlita, and much more. There is a variety of delicious vegetarian or vegan gourmets in every tavern you visit.
Here are some of our favourites you have to try:
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