Central Food Market – Athens

Happy new year everyone! I was in Athens over new year, and visited the Central Food Market on a Saturday morning! 

Central food market - Athens

I started my visit in the meat section. It was very clean, in accordance with EU regulations, but I have to warn you the its definitely not for vegetarians or the faint hearted!

Central food market - Athens

Since it was a Saturday morning, the fish section was extremely crowded and there was hardly any space to move around! Being the people of a coastal city, it was clear that the Athenians love their fresh seafood!

Central food market - Athens

It was very noisy! Every fish seller was trying to get the attention of the customers and shoppers were  haggling and choosing to get their best. A great experience to watch!!!

Central food market - Athens

Once out of the covered meat and fish section, it was comparatively quiet and tranquil. 

Central food market - Athens

 Shops here sold great dry fruits, nuts and pistachios – dry figs were my souvenir!

Central food market - Athens

A shop selling dried vegetables, herbs and spices.

Central food market - Athens

There were many dried goods stores selling raw pastries, dried, salted and smoked fish, fresh cheese, and olive oil. So enticing!!!

Central food market - Athens

There is no doubt that olives play a key role in the Greek diet!

 

 

Central food market - Athens

A fresh fruit and chestnut stall. 

Central food market - Athens

The outdoor vegetable and olive section was definitely more colourful than the crowded fish and meat section.

Central food market - Athens

 Olives and pickles in different flavours, colours and sizes. Salted, pickled or preserved in olive oil. 

 

 

Food market - Athens

A shop selling dry meat and sausages.

Central food market - Athens

There are small eateries selling simple local food around the market but since it was the morning I chose pastry/bread rings from a small vendor. Great for a simple chewy snack. Yum!

Mediterranean countries are famous for their love for good food and fresh seasonal produce. The market was definitely a show case of that!