Marina, a local Athenian host, sat down to talk to us about the unique culinary scene in Athens. Discover the history of this ancient city through her eyes.
When and why did you start hosting with Eatwith?
I started hosting a few years back. I love creating meaningful food experiences in order to make the most of my guests’ travels. I love connecting them to the local food culture and history, and bringing them in contact with other Athenians. I enjoy learning about their daily lives and showing them our legendary warm hospitality. Celebrating authentic food and creating fun memories that last forever is my goal. As a proud Athenian, I love sharing insider tips with my guests. For example, how to have a lovely time in the city, how to make delicious recipes, or where to find the best restaurants, cafes, and bars that are far away from the tourist traps!
Who is your foodie inspiration and why?
My foodie inspiration is the local Athenian community. I love to support them by partnering with handpicked, small businesses that are passionate about what they do. Their warm hospitality, personal touch, and professionalism are my daily inspiration!
Tell us about your Eatwith experience. What can guests expect from your food tour? What do you want people to take away from your Eatwith experiences?
I believe that our guests deserve a great experience, an experience that is about more than just the food. I want them to have an experience that will make them feel mesmerized, satisfied, and happy. To give them a taste of the good life! An experience should be mindful and immersive – to be in the flow, to live in the moment, but also to give them an escape from their daily reality. I hope to transform the way that they see food and the world throughout their travels.
Any special tips on enjoying Athens during the colder months?
Winter is the best time to discover the potential of both your time and the culinary offerings in Athens. Athens is a city that’s well-known for its history and culture, but don’t forget about the amazing food scene! It’s been under the radar until now, but not for much longer! You’ll find amazing food experiences that will give you a true taste of the city: from traditional to contemporary restaurants, unpretentious tavernas to Michelin-starred restaurants, excellent wine bars serving local wines to a thriving cocktail bar scene with bars ranked among the best in the world, Athens is the perfect city for food-lovers!