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  • Small group
  • 3.5 - 4 hours
  • All year

From Byzantine to Vegan

Walk through the city markets, and taste Vegan products and recipes
that date back to Byzantine years!

What to expect

What did Byzantine food taste like?

Uncover the Byzantine diet’s mystery: Herbs, spices, seasonal and pickled vegetables, wine, and bread were the basis of the typical table.

alk in Thessaloniki’s centuries-old food markets, and shop like a citizen of the Byzantine era would do.
Connect local modern food habits with Byzantine cuisine and learn how this led to the Mediterranean diet health model.

Understand how Greek Orthodox fasting habits are aligned with the Vegan diet and be surprised by the plethora of products and foods that date back to the Byzantine years and still exist in the everyday eating habits of Greeks!


  • Follow the Byzantine diet for one day and be amazed by the similarities of modern Greek cuisine!
  • Discover how Greek Orthodox fasting habits reflect to the Mediterranean diet health model
  • Link the local modern food habits with Byzantine and Ancient Greek cuisine
  • Uncover the secrets of Byzantine food culture

What is included

  • English speaking tour escort
  • Bottled water
  • Salepi (seasonal) / Greek coffee
  • Traditional "Koulouri"
  • Byzantine pie
  • Wine or Retsina along with tasting of samples of Byzantine recipes and products
  • Sweets with routes back to Byzantine years
  • All taxes

What is not included

  • Additional food or drinks
  • Souvenirs
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips/gratuities


Salepi or coffee


Start your day in Thessaloniki with traditional “Greek” coffee or traditional salepi – depending on season and learn about the evolution of coffee culture and its importance for locals. 

And if you are more into espresso or cappuccino, you will be surprised by the variety in the local coffee places.

Byzantine Pie

If something is impressive about this pie, it has been an unchanged recipe for over 800 years!
A straightforward but tasty pie with a crispy fillo, powdered sugar and cinnamon can teach us a lot about simplicity in food!


Did you know that a simple bread ring covered with toasted sesame seeds is the most popular breakfast in Greece?

You will find it in every bakery and numerous food stands, originating back to Byzantine times.

The food markets

You can find vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, herbs – anything you need in the city’s markets.
Athonos square gathers stalls for bioproducts and herbs; Kapani is the place to shop for superior-quality food at low prices, while just across the road, the recently renovated Modiano is reborn as a modern food market. We will stroll in the Markets and discover all products people were eating in Byzantine Empire and still do.

Food and Wine

Food and wine were always vital to everyday life in Greece!
Drink wine, eat like Byzantines were eating through all our stops, and understand how this reflected the Mediterranean diet health model.


Yes, in Byzantine Empire did have sweets and tasty one! And there were so delicious that we still eat them! We will visit shops that still produce the same with the same way sweets that date back to Byzantine years and taste them!


  • Tour languageEnglish
  • Tour starts at09:30
  • Group size : Min 2 / Max 12 people
  • ChildrenThe tour is suitable for children of all ages.
    Alcoholic drinks are replaced with fruit juice and we take care to offer age appropriate products for all minors.
    Children up to 12 years old participate for free.
    Children from 6 to 12 years old, pay a flat rate of €20.
    Children over 12 are counted as adulds.
    Please use the inquiry form for bookings with children
  • Activity levelThe tour runs on flat ground with a leisurely walking pace and frequent stops. There are no physical challenges.
  • Wheelchair / PRM Unfortunately, the tour is not suitable for persons in wheelchairs or persons with reduced modility
  • Food alergiesA number of products / dishes is offered for tasting during the tour, but arrangements can be done for persons with food alergies / intolerance.
food tour thessaloniki
  • Meeting locationAristotelous sq
  • Tour end locationAristotelous Sq
  • Tour duration3,5 to 4 hours