Street Food in Athens: More than Just Souvlaki

Oven Sesame Athens (Courtesy of Bovary).
Oven Sesame Athens (Courtesy of Bovary).

One of the busiest streets in the central Athens area of Monastiraki is Aiolou Street which has turned into one of the capital’s trendiest neighborhoods when it comes to street food.

The traditional souvlaki and gyro joints that have populated the area over the years are now sharing the district with — or are even being replaced by — small shops selling exotic international offerings.

A taste of the Middle East

Falafellas (Courtesy of 10 Best).

Falafel is a traditional dish made from chickpeas. It originated in the Middle East and has conquered locals and tourists’ taste buds alike. The place is called Falafellas and is located on 51 Aiolou Street.

(Courtesy of Sunshine Lobster).

In Falafellas it is common to find a long line of customers, at any hour of the day, waiting to taste their favorite falafel sandwiches.

Chinese flavors

Street Wok, Asiatic flavors in Athens.

Also on Aiolou street, Chinese noodles and other dishes are available at Street Wok, where the food has a clear Eastern influence. The place also serves dishes inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine.

Choice of Noodles (Courtesy of Max Mag).

Customers can taste these dishes both in the store or on the go. Prices are attractive as well; a few euros can get you a full delicious meal. Street Wok is on 21 Aiolou street.

Lebanese flair mixes with Greek tradition

Oven Sesame Athens.
Oven Sesame Athens.

In the same area, Oven Sesame Athens offers a combination of local culture and Lebanese flavor. The traditional koulouri from Thessaloniki is served with a twist and a whole new shape.

Oven Sesame Athens.
Oven Sesame Athens.

Koulouri is served with fillings such as Ceasar salad and Middle Eastern sauces that have built the place a reputation for its unique flavor and style, as well as for its healthy characteristics. Oven Sesame is located on 17A Aiolou Street.