While we have noticed few Greeks eating in cafes (instead, cafes seem to be locations at which one has a coffee and maybe a small cookie), we have noticed quite a few people selling what is advertised as breakfast food. That, combined with 4 days being served breakfast at a hotel in Thessaloniki, make us feel as though we managed to get a rather clear handle on what is considered breakfast in Greece.
One important caveat: there is a large portion of the Greek population that doesn’t get up in time for breakfast because they don’t leave the clubs until 8am. This is not abnormal. In fact, one day we managed to get laughed at for running past a club, at 7am, because the patrons were utterly perplexed as to why we’d get up and brave the cold in running gear rather than staying inside (and dancing until dawn.)
Enjoy this list & mini slideshow of the foods that we were served:
- Greek yogurt (mostly full fat, though we were offered a low fat option) served next to jars full of: museli (which was a mix of cornflakes, wheat flakes, oatmeal, and cheerios), a raw trail mix (made up of sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pepitas, currents, and goji berries) and honey;
- Tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, grilled zucchini, grilled peppers, and other veggies;
- Feta, gouda, and emmental cheese and charcuterie (smoked meats);
- Bagele (a round cross between a breadstick and a baguette, covered in sesame seeds), sliced bread, corn muffins, bread filled with currents, baguette, a cheese-filled phyllo dough option, and feta-filled pastry that was almost like an empanada.