A Traditional Greek Breakfast Now Offered at the Acropolis Museum in Athens

February 6, 2013

Acropolis Museum Restaurant Greek Breakfast

I was excited to hear that the restaurant at the state of the art, Acropolis museum located steps away from the Parthenon in Athens, has started serving a real Greek breakfast every Saturday and Sunday.

As I have mentioned in another post, a Greek breakfast is hard to find and even harder to identify. Although you will find several hotels offering Greek breakfast items, they are scattered among other western breakfast items, making it a bit difficult to find and choose them. In addition to that, there is no one Greek breakfast as each area of Greece has different breakfast foods.

The good news is that the restaurant at the Acropolis museum offers a good variety of Greek traditional breakfast items. It is worth a visit to try the galatopita (milk pie), tiganites (Greek pancakes) with tahini and petimezi (grape molasses), trahana (pellet shaped pasta made with milk) with feta cheese and the omelet with the famous graviera cheese from the island of Naxos, as well as the siglino (smoked pork) from Mani.

Nutritionally some of these choices for the most part are protein rich and starchy as they were based on traditional eating habits of the Greeks years ago, who needed a hearty breakfast to get them through a day of hard work. With that in mind, this type of breakfast can act more as brunch and keep you full until dinner. Or you can choose the lighter, smaller choices such as Kalamata olives served with paximadia (rusks) from the island of Kythira, koulouri (round bread covered with sesame seeds) accompanied with graviera cheese, and of course the famous Greek yogurt with Greek thyme honey. And don’t forget to accompany these with a Greek coffee or traditional herbal teas.

Acropolis Museum Restaurant Greek pancakes

So if you are planning a visit to the Acropolis museum during your visit to Greece or if you live here in a Greece, visit the museum on the weekend and combine it with a real Greek breakfast.

Click here for the whole menu.

Photos: Copyright Acropolis Museum. Photography: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos

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8 Comments

  • Reply Sophie July 27, 2014 at 6:20 am

    This breakfast sounds delicious!! Tahini is my personal favourite nut/seed butter yet I’ve never tried it on pancakes?!
    Does grape molasses taste similar to regular molasses one can find in other countries?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD July 27, 2014 at 8:11 am

      It has a unique taste. Similar but sweeter. You should be able to find it online as well.

  • Reply Zoe Gregg January 3, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Would Pomeganate molasses be an ok substitute for the grape molasses? I already have some of that after my son who is at university in one of the largest cities here in the UK found some in a small international foods store.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD January 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Yes, it should be fine.

  • Reply George Arvanitis February 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

    just discovered this site looking forward to food of my heritage

  • Reply Sheila Maher October 13, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Where do I find a recipe for galatopita?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD October 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Will be posting soon, my mom’s recipe!

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