Despite the financial crisis, Greeks’ mentality and the beautiful weather of Athens and the islands help locals keep their positive attitude towards life. According to Greeks, music is a powerful medicine that helps them overcome any obstacles of their life.read more
Where can I find the best souvlaki in Athens?
In the suburbs! It's a bit tricky to find good quality souvlaki in the center of Athens :-(
There are a few nice choices in the center (such as Savvas on Ermou street and Kostas at Agias Eirinis square) but most of them are tourist traps.
Don't eat at Monastiraki souvlaki restaurants! OK, they are packed by Greeks and tourists, but that doesn't mean that they are good. Average quality of food, bad and loud service, expensive pricing... just choose an other option for your souvlaki or your gyros dish! Maybe somewhere at the suburbs or in a non-central, non-touristic area.
How much should I tip in Athens?
In Greece, the service fee is always included in the price that you pay. Tipping is not.
In fact, tipping is a matter of how satisfied you are from the service provided. If you are happy with your waiter, your receptionist, the housekeeper or your taxi driver you may leave generous tips. If not, by leaving no tips at all is a way to show your dissatisfaction!
In general when you tip somebody you round the amount to the next euro, next five euros or next ten euros depending on the total that you are asked to pay. For example if your bill is 8 euros, you may leave 10 euros, if it is 46 euros, you may leave 50 euros etc... A regular tip should be 7%-20% on the bill. The happiest you are with the service, the higher the tip you may give!