Small, family-run businesses have been the lifeline of this street for decades, making it the first stop of any Athenian interested in food. It’s a block after the other historic street of central Athens, Aiolou, home to the legendary pastry shop Krinos, which serves divine loukoumades—fried dough balls drenched in honey and cinnamon. On the right side of the central market is Strounga tou Moria. This place sells any type of Greek cheese you can imagine, from feta, to myzithra, to kasseri, as well as yoghurt and butter. It’s been in the same location since 1886.
What lures you most onto Evripidou Street is the heady smell of spices on every corner. Bahar has been operating as a supplier of spices, herbs, essential oils, dried vegetables and grains since 1940. No matter what time you walk by, there will be a line of customers stretching into the street. With over 2,500 varieties of goods, it’s the favourite shop of some of the most famous chefs in Greece.
Right next door, is Gennaiopoulos, your go-to store for any type of nuts. The employees are always hovering with a scoop in hand, waiting to take your order.
Right before Evripidou meets Socratous Street, you’ll see a basement store called To Fthino Ypogio, a neighbourhood staple for 70 years. Inside, you’ll find a large selection of lentils, chickpeas, beans, and various kinds of pasta, all at amazingly reasonable prices.