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Seeking Soy Milk in Athens

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Photo courtesy of Morgan Tepsic
Photo courtesy of Morgan Tepsic

Tired of going to Starbucks for an iced mocha with soy milk, and unable to find soy milk at any other cafes in Athens, we thought: why not bring along our own thermos of it to our favorite café and avoid the American chain?

But where can you get the stuff in Athens? In addition to AB Vassilopoulos, one of the top three supermarket chains in Greece, our search also brought us to the health food store “Eikologi Elladas” (which basically translates to “Greece’s Ecologists.”)

This store has at least 10 different varieties of soy milk and is easily accessible, about a two-minute walk from the Panepistimio metro station (Panepistimiou 57, near Plateia Omonia; tel: +30-210-2110-966). Other items you will find there include tofu, flax seeds, Echinacea, vitamins, organic cheeses and produce, and free-range eggs. Adjoining the health food store is a cafeteria serving up yummy, healthy dishes. This shop is always packed with customers, but it’s worth braving the crowds to get the good stuff.

And the best part: buying a carton of soy milk and a coffee at just about any Athenian café is still less expensive than an iced mocha with soy milk from Starbucks.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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