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From the best green cuisine and eco-friendly lodgings to up-cycled souvenirs and car-free explorations, here’s how to up your sustainable traveler score on your next Athens visit.

By Alex King

Where to go for green bites

Greek salads are a welcome guest at any table.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Vegetarian dining is on a roll in Athens.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Want a break from tavernas?

Where to food shop sustainably

Great news for the self-catering crowd. Most Athenian supermarkets now stock plant-based milks, vegan cheeses and meat substitutes like tofu. Shopping for more than just the basics? Stock up at Bamboo Vegan in Exarchia, a pioneering mini-market and café with a wide range of locally-sourced and imported vegan produce. There’s everything from meat substitutes such as tofu, seitan and tempeh to organic cereals, pulses and other health foods, as well as vegan cosmetics, detergents and cleaners (and a handy café to get your fair trade brew).

Nearby, Bioway is another mini-market catering primarily to vegans and other health-conscious shoppers, with many ingredients that are tricky to find elsewhere, such as pomegranate molasses or the more obscure plant-based milks (such as pea milk).

Head to Kallidromiou Street markets to lap up farm-fresh produce and urban vibes.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

Play the stock market

Get around without the guilt

Athens' modern metro system makes city exploration a cinch.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

On your bike for eco-friendly sightseeing.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Explore Athens on two wheels

Walk the talk

Explore Athens on foot - it's easier than you think.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Fill your suitcase with sustainable shopping from Athens' greenest retailers.

Photo: Shedia Art Home

Shop for sustainable fashion, art and design souvenirs

Wage a war on plastics

Buying what you need has never been so enjoyable.

Courtesy: Plastikourgeio

Check-in for green dreams.

Courtesy: Green Suites Hotel

Sleep with a clean eco-conscience