Laiki Agora (Farmer's Market) in Athens: Greece is an agricultural country producing and exporting some of the finest fruits and vegetables.
The farmer’s market takes place in different neighborhoods of Athens every week, selling fresh Greek produce in designated places on specific days. Greeks refer to it as laiki, which translates into "(the market) of the people".
Farmers from all over Greece send their products to Athens. Their goods are arranged on wooden stands, under orange tents and are sold at a lower price. One can find anything the Greek soil produces at that specific season, including fruits (such as oranges, apples, watermelons, strawberries, and more according to the month of your visit), vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, and else) as well as fresh fish, eggs, olives, wine, olive oil, flowers, herbs, and plants.
Laiki is a very popular tradition among Greek families and the place where many households purchase a large part of their weekly food. The reason is that prices are low while quality is excellent. Furthermore, it is a meeting place for friends and neighbors and an opportunity for chit-chat.
The fact that shops and supermarkets are not involved in the selling of the products, keeps the prices low while everything is as fresh as possible since they are put on sale just a few hours or days after their collection.
The market starts early in the morning and finishes around 15:00. After midday, prices on certain products fall even half-price in order to be sold. Note that it might get crowded while there is also a lot of yelling from the merchants advertising their products.
Even if you are visiting Athens only for a few days, a visit there is truly worth it, in order to take a glance at the local life and taste a few of the mouthwatering Greek products.
Some of the most central streets where you can find a farmer's market are:
- Ydras Street in Kypseli every Thursday.
- Archimidous Street in Pagkrati every Friday.
- Kallidromiou Street in Exarchia every Saturday.
- Mitrou Sarkoudinou Street in Neos Kosmos every Saturday.