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The Varvakios Market: all the flavours of Greece


Mint and rosemary bouquets, olives by the thousands, and honey cakes…

Within the hall, you have the ‘real' market of meat and fish. The Athenians commonly refer to it as the ‘belly of Athens'. Check it out, of course, especially if you have a dinner to prepare. Otherwise, pop over to Sopholeou and Evripidou streets and walk into a Greek treasure trove. All the perfumes and the flavours of Greece are present.

Herbalists' stands redolent of the goodly smells of thyme and sage are there, selling herbal teas and remedies against almost everything. Further on you come upon the barrels of olives, including the famous black Kalamata olives, but there are so many others… And what about the bags of rice, semolina, beans, almonds, pistachio nuts, and tins of olive oil? Here, note that Turkish Delight is called ‘loukoumi'. As for the honey, it comes from the Peloponnese and smells of pine and wildflowers.

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