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From farmers markets to family-run delis, Athens is a great city for gourmets. Our resident food writer spills the beans on where the locals shop for artisan ingredients.

Par Carolina Doriti

The divine vine.

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Olives, capers and pickles

Olive oil and vinegar

What would a Greek salad be without these two everyday elixirs? For superior olive oil, go to To Pantopolio tis Mesogeiakis Diatrofis, a fantastic deli near the Central Food Market and opposite the old Athens Stock Exchange. Specialising in high quality products from all over Greece, a visit here is a crash course in Greek gastronomy. There’s a superb range of olive oils on offer, and the highly trained staff are always ready to explain the different regional olive oils, olive tree varieties and their nutritional value. Check out the Elixir range of vinegars, aged for five years in oak or chestnut barrels and then mixed with fruit nectars, herbs and spices. So good you’ll want to add some crushed ice and drink them! And do pick up other exceptional products while you’re here such as legumes, preserves, and spreads.

"There’s a superb range of olive oils on offer, and the highly trained staff are always ready to explain the different regional olive oils, olive tree varieties and their nutritional value."

"This is the place to try all sorts of hard-to-find artisan Greek cheese."

Dairy

Honey and tahini

Grandma's bread baked in a wood-fired oven, anyone?

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Just the smell of freshly-ground beans will send you on a caffeine high.

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Greek coffee

Cold cuts and cheese

Cold cut paradise.

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Pick up a soft and natural sea sponge, or two.

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Dried herbs and spices

Cretan produce

Salty, spicy or smoked?

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Go nuts at Era Nuts.

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Nuts and dried fruit

Wines and spirits

Which floor will you choose?

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