Cheap Eats in Greece
Cheap Eats in Greece are not hard to come by!
Imagine yourself kicked back on a sun lounger in the Greek Islands. An old fisherman reels in fresh octopus and fish ready to throw on the barbecue for your lunch. This is no exaggeration or stereotype. It’s quite literally what greek cuisine is about on the islands and luckily it doesn’t always have to come at a high price. Of course there are the exceptions of roof top restaurants in Santorini where honeymooners go to watch the sunset but generally the cheap eats in Greece are not hard to come by. The Mediterranean cuisine is simple, fresh and most importantly, affordable.
One of the favourite cheap eats in Greece is most definitely the humble Gyros. A pita wrap rolled up like a cone and stuffed with chicken kebab meat, salad, tzatziki sauce and sprinkled with paprika. These are not only a great lunch option to take away and eat as you stroll around town but is also loved among all travellers as the greek hang over cure. Whether it be on the way home from a night out at all hours of the morning or a late breakfast, the trusty Gyros will never fail you. Gyros can be found on just about any corner and cost between 2 and 5 Euro. When in Mykonos visit Jimmy’s.
Lakka, Mykonos Town
Greek Salads are a classic item on any Greek menu and is the perfect summer dish. It’s one of the healthier cheap eats in Greece with fresh tomato, cucumber, red onion, green pepper and olives topped with salty fetta cheese, olive oil and oregano. A simple salad with quality ingredients that rarely disappoints. Ask for bread on the side and you have a healthy lunch to cleanse the soul after too many nights out.
Want a snack to accompany a glass of wine before dinner? Mezze’s are like the Greek equivalent of the Spanish Tapas or the Italian Antipasti. Small starter dishes to snack on before dinner. One of the go-to cheap eats in Greece would have to be Tzatziki which is often used on as a dip on Mezze platters or can be ordered on its own with a side of pita bread. It’s main ingredients are cucumber, garlic and dill mixed into a tangy, thick greek yoghurt. Cold and fresh for those hot summer nights with a chilled glass of white wine or local beer.
Dolmades are another example of a Greek Mezze or starter dish that usually cost under 5 Euro. This is another option for vegetarians on the hunt for cheap eats in Greece dodging all of the barbecued lamb and chicken kebabs. Dolmades are often translated on english menus as ‘stuffed vine leaves’ because that is exactly what they are! Leaves from the grape vine stuffed with rice, herbs and lemon juice, steamed and sometimes served with greek yoghurt for dipping.
One of the most popular cheap eats in Greece, particularly for meat lovers is the Souvlaki. This is basically any type of meat in small pieces barbecued on skewers and served either wrapped in pita or with salad. This can be found at basically any restaurant or kebab store for no more than 5 Euro. For Souvlaki with a view don’t go past Savvas in Athens. Sit on the third floor rooftop and eat your souvlaki with a front row seat of the Acropolis.
With the variety of food on the menu in Greece there’s no time to get bored. Luckily most of the cuisine is healthy, affordable and easy to find. The islands are typically more expensive in high season much like any where else but stick to these dishes and you can’t go wrong. Don’t forget to throw back an Ouzo when you’re done! Opa!!