Day 20: Christmas, Greek-style

Celebrate Christmas Greek-style this year by heading down to Lonsdale Street to see what the Greek precinct has to offer.

If you’re after a gift with a Hellenic touch, Caras The Greek Shop has you covered. Known for the huge range of Greek music CDs and DVDs, Caras also sells almost anything in blue and white, including backgammon boards, magazines and even religious icons.

Exterior of Caras The Greek Shop

It’s all Greek to Caras.

When it comes to eateries, the precinct has plenty of options. Choosing between Tsindos Greek Restaurant and Dion Greek Restaurant can come down to a flip of the coin, while Medallion Cafe Restaurant has been a steady performer, trading since 1970. If you’re after something fast at any hour of the day or night, the newly renovated Stalactites is known for its souvlaki and its always-open doors – with the exception of Christmas Eve.

Interior of Tsindos Greek Restaurant, with tables and chairs

Tsindos Greek Restaurant, one of many great choices on Lonsdale Street.

Those with a sweet tooth can visit International Diethnes Cakes, a family business that has been operating for more than 40 years. At Christmas, customers favour the melomakarona, a traditional honey biscuit, but there’s plenty of baklava, kourambiedes and halva to cure even the greatest sugar craving.

Boxes of cakes and biscuits

Just a *small* sample of what’s on offer at International Diethnes Cakes.

So for a twist on the usual Christmas fare, head to Lonsdale Street’s Greek precinct – and don’t forget to wish the shop owners Kala Christouyenna!