Whether you’re planning your own Christmas dinner or are invited to one (Greek etiquette says do not show up empty handed), you’ll need to stock up on delicacies. From their shop in the Psirri area The Arapian Family provide the city with pastourma (the Greek version of pastrami) and soutzouki (you might know it as sujuk), a dry, spicy and fermented sausage. In the past decade the same family established Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani, Greek delicatessen shops where you can find cheese, sausages and all sorts of deli products from all around Greece. Talking about local cheese, we have to mention Kostarelos, a family cheese factory since 1937. Their cheese shop in Kolonaki offers a collection of cheese products produced in house, as well as a selection of products from small greek producers of high quality. Renowned cava Kylix, is your go to for wine and spirits. Their specially trained team will guide you through the local brands and help you choose what’s best for any occasion. Here, you will also find the Greek bottarga (a delicacy of salted, cured fish) named avgotaraho, one of the few European and Greek PDO fish products, made from fish caught in the area of Messolonghi.
Whatever the case, make sure to also get some pomegranates, as they symbolise prosperity, fertility and regeneration. It’s customary to break one on the doorstep of our houses when entering it for the first time after the changing of the year, so the seeds will spread and as will good fortune.