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First-Time Visitors to Athens: Our Daily Treat

One aspect of traveling is to try out new food and local treats. Having impressed us thoroughly, however, on the first day, we decided to ditch that mantra and for the second consecutive day dropped in at Cookie Land which I wouldn’t hesitate to say is an absolute “sweet spot”.

A corner shop in the high street, it’s hardly a hidden gem, but it’s certainly good. On offer is a variety of cakes and biscuits, but what we really appreciated was the highly original selection of ice cream flavours. Our favourite was probably the “Banoffee”, which is sort of a banana cake flavour with a rich, rich taste. Absolutely delicious and well worth a second visit!

As is often the case when we travel, Thai food happens to right around the corner. That was the case, too, in Athens where the number-one-rated Thai restaurant on TripAdvisor was only a few minutes walk from our hotel. So we decided to give it a shot.

Tuk Tuk, as it’s called, is a hip street food spot in one of Athens’ vibrant up-and-coming neighbourhoods. It has received many awards and was recommended in a local travel magazine.

Clearly, a lot of thought has gone into the design of the restaurant. The concept is strong, drawing heavily on influences from street food in Thailand. As such, the lighting and music made us feel like taking a stroll down a backpackers alley in Bangkok.

From the menu, which looked yummy too, we selected fish cakes and papaya salad as well as chicken wings with sweet sauce and sticky rice. The flavours seemed to be adapted somewhat to fit a Western taste. So in order to get the “kick” we’re used to, we had to add more chili powder ourselves. Our favorite dish amongst the three was fish cakes. The highlight, though, was probably the ambiance of the place more so than the food itself.

To be continued…

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