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The Best Falafel in Athens

We spent two nights in Athens before we ventured onward to New Delhi. Naturally, I came up with an itinerary of sorts with a short list of must-see attractions in Greece’s capital. Besides touring the Acropolis (which you can see in the episode below), my list focused on vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants.

PRO TIP: research places to eat before you arrive at your destination. Use resources like HappyCowTripAdvisor, and Google and don’t forget to search for keywords in the reviews.

What can I say? I love to eat!

If you read my review of Cafe Clock in Marrakesh, you know that I’m a big fan of falafel, so I was pleased to come across rave reviews for Falafellas, a little street food joint serving up—you guessed it—falafel!

Fellow falafel enthusiasts claim Falafellas can’t be beaten. They say it’s THE BEST in Athens. (At least the 1600+ satisfied customers on Google think so.) We just had to try it ourselves!

Our verdict: DELICIOUS!!

The falafel is freshly fried, tender yet crispy on the outside and not too oily. SO GOOD. And the wrap comes loaded with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, grilled eggplant, tomato sauce, and tahini. You can also add chilli sauce, paprika, and if my memory serves me right, yoghurt sauce.

Salad vegetables are essential to the falafel experience (in case you weren’t aware).

To keep the wrap vegan, skip the yoghurt sauce. I also skipped the chilli sauce and paprika since my stomach can’t handle anything spicy. Next time I’ll skip the eggplant as well. I’m not a huge fan of eggplant and it was slightly too oily for me. It didn’t ruin the wrap by any means (it actually filled it out quite nicely) so if you like eggplant, give it a try.

My favourite part of the wrap (besides the falafel): the tomato sauce! My least favourite part: the eggplant.

Don’t mind the queue.

The wraps taste great, the portions are healthy, and the price is decent. The staff are friendly and happy to answer any questions you have about the ingredients. They didn’t mind me filming, either, so that’s always a plus in my book!

There’s no seating inside but we found plenty of places to sit nearby.

Is it really the best?

I’d say so, but since I didn’t try falafel elsewhere in Athens, I can’t be objective. I recommend you try it yourself and let your stomach cast the deciding vote. 😉

Falafellas’ menu isn’t completely vegan but luckily for us, falafel is vegan by definition!

Falafellas is located at Aiolou 51, Athina 10551, Greece.

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