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A Tour of Athens' Varvakios Market with Katherine Whittaker


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No tour of Athens would be complete without a trip to Varvakios, the city’s central market, which has everything from the best locally-produced fetas to antique instruments and furniture. This seminar will cover not only what you can find here, but also the history of Athens' oldest market.

Located right in the heart of the capital, you’ll find everything here. It’s the heartbeat of the city, crowded no matter when you go, and filled with diverse characters that truly show the real Athens. This seminar will provide a look at the background of the market–when it was built, and what the landscape of the city was like then–and what it’s like now as the surrounding area prepares to undergo major tourist-friendly transformations. The tour will also cover the stalls, the diverse “treasures” you can find there, and the restaurants where you should definitely eat (one of them is the oldest in the city, and you absolutely can’t miss it on a trip to Athens).

Led by an expert on Greek food and culture, Katherine Whittaker, this interactive seminar will dig deep into this market, its history, and its role within the Athenian community and culture. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an itinerary in this part of the city that will allow them to bridge the past and present, while also trying some fantastic food.

Katherine Whittaker is a freelance food writer, photographer, videographer, and social media manager based in Athens, Greece, for the past three years. She has worked at Saveur Magazine writing about Greek food and culture and acted as a one-woman digital team during her time there. Before that, she worked in Athens at Reuters, and her other experiences range from political reporting for Gothamist in New York to fact-checking at ArtForum. She holds a dual master's degree in European Studies and Journalism from NYU.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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O.M.
Reading off a travel guide..

Sadly, Ms. Whittaker gave a very poor representation of the Varvakeios central market. Her tour started with a walking tour of the Omonia area that was not described in the title of the presentation. It seemed that she was reading off a travel guide and it was clear she was just a tourist of the area, not an expert. Even some of the information she provided eg. the Feta cheese and how most places in Greece can not call their cheese Feta?, eh? was false. The presentation lacked the vitality and authentic narration that a local would have brought in. For an Athenian, it is upsetting to watch such a dull, un rehearsed presentation of the capital's historic market.

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C.
Yummy!

The presentation really increased my desire to visit Athens. After all part of the fun of travel is new food, drink, and experiences. Museums and the Acropolis are amazing, but the food and the market add another dimension of fun. Thank you, Katie, for an enjoyable virtual tour of the Varvakios Market and more.

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K.M.
Excellent class!

So well prepared and informative. I cannot wait to get to Athens and experience all that we learned about. Katherine was wonderful!

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
67%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
33%
(1)
0%
(0)
O
O.M.
Reading off a travel guide..

Sadly, Ms. Whittaker gave a very poor representation of the Varvakeios central market. Her tour started with a walking tour of the Omonia area that was not described in the title of the presentation. It seemed that she was reading off a travel guide and it was clear she was just a tourist of the area, not an expert. Even some of the information she provided eg. the Feta cheese and how most places in Greece can not call their cheese Feta?, eh? was false. The presentation lacked the vitality and authentic narration that a local would have brought in. For an Athenian, it is upsetting to watch such a dull, un rehearsed presentation of the capital's historic market.

C
C.
Yummy!

The presentation really increased my desire to visit Athens. After all part of the fun of travel is new food, drink, and experiences. Museums and the Acropolis are amazing, but the food and the market add another dimension of fun. Thank you, Katie, for an enjoyable virtual tour of the Varvakios Market and more.

K
K.M.
Excellent class!

So well prepared and informative. I cannot wait to get to Athens and experience all that we learned about. Katherine was wonderful!