Yes, we know…. Vacation is the right time to spoil yourself, to unwind, to rejuvenate, to see new places, try new things, etc. While we have a million times hear that the main reason someone is coming to Santorini is definitely to see in person its majestic beauty that awes thousands of visitors every year, it is something else you must know for this island. What? Well, here is another tip from us!😉 You should not miss the opportunity to walk through the narrow streets and platies –aka main squares- of the island and taste the mouthwatering Greek (and not only) fast food in one of the cute little shops. Now, let’s take a peek at the kinds of fast-food Santorini has to offer to our hungry travelers!
Souvlaki has to be Greece’s most famous fast food. Greek people love their souvlaki and so does anyone who tries it for the first time. That being the case, there is no shortage of Souvlaki shops in Santorini as you can definitely find one in every village. If you are new to the Greek way of eating let us introduce you to the delicious well-known souvlaki. Souvlaki consists of gyros (seasoned minced pork or chicken slowly roasted by turning around on a vertical spit) or Kalamaki (small pieces of grilled pork or chicken skewered on a stick) garnished with sliced tomatoes, fried potatoes, and onions, sauced with tzatziki, and wrapped in a lightly grilled pita. If you are a vegetarian, you can simply order one without meat which is equally fulfilling. Souvlaki comes wrapped in a piece of paper and napkin so it can be eaten without utensils. The eateries usually have outdoor seating to enjoy your souvlaki at your leisure. However, you can always opt for a takeaway! It’s quick, tasty, and relatively inexpensive.
Average price: 3,50€/souvlaki
Frozen Greek yogurt
After a long warm walk on the scenic alleys of beautiful Santorini having a frozen snack is what you really need. Frozen yogurt is thriving over the last few years. It is a healthier, alternative to classic ice cream as it has the same creamy and sugary flavor with fewer calories. You get to choose from a selection of frozen Greek yogurt flavors that are sold in cups and there is a wide range of toppings too such as fresh fruits, cookies, syrups, chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc. Prices are estimated by weight so you can determine how much you pay. Once you try it you are going to end up craving more, it tastes wonderfully fresh!
Average price: 5,50€/frozen Greek yogurt
Greek fast-food includes a variety of pies and pastries that you can eat literally on the run. Greek pies have hundreds of different kinds of fillings and one thing in common, the fillo which is a special dough composed of very thin pastry sheets. These pies are baked in the oven in a large pan and cut into individual portions. Many stores and bakeries in Santorini are selling fresh individual sizes of pies and the most common are cheese pie, spinach pie, chicken pie, and bougatsa -a Greek sweet pie with a light cream filling that is topped with icing sugar and cinnamon powder. Greeks mostly eat them for breakfast but they can be an excellent lunch choice if you prefer something light. You will never be without an option for any time of the day treat!
Average price: 2,50€/pie
Well in Santorini you can find almost all the “famous” fast food such as burgers, pizza, noodles, and even McDonalds! To satisfy your sweet tooth, treat yourself with a crepe or waffle topped with chocolate and ice cream from one of the dessert shops. Once you walk by a gelateria the great selection of flavors will tempt you to order everything. Choose your favorite ice cream or try something new like the Vinsanto flavor. Believe us! You will leave satisfied and happy. If you are vegetarian or vegan fear not! There are great choices for you as well. Head to Fira to find a refreshing falafel joint where everything is vegan. People love to have choices and when it comes to food in Santorini, you can have a feast for the eyes and the stomach!
“Fast food doesn’t have to be junk food“
Kali orexi! (bon appétit)