Photo: Georgios Makkas

When you want to tick-off some truly classic Greek flavours, there are some traditional dishes that must always make the cut. From atherina to galaktoboureko, here are the foods you need to try—and where to find them in Athens.

By Kimon Frangakis

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Eat these little fish like french fries.

Photo: Eleni Veziri

Atherina at Kochili

Taramosalata at Vassilenas

Taramosalata is definitely one of our favourite fishy classic Greek dishes.

Photo: Eleni Veziri

You can't go wrong with fried barbounia. Or anything fried, really.

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Barbounia at Margaro

Hortopita at Cookoovaya

A fresh hortopita with just a dab of yoghurt.

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Classic Greek food in a classic Athenian restaurant.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Lahanodolmades at Oikonomou

Feta at Kostarelos

If we want to satisfy a feta craving, we head straight to Kostarelos.

Courtesy: Yerasimos Domenikos

A table full of lakerda, ouzo, and lemony chickpeas.

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Lakerda at Lesvos

Tzatziki at Agios Merkourios

Garlic lovers, rejoice: tzatziki is the sauce for you.

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We'll never say no to a slab of galaktoboureko.

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Galaktoboureko at Stani