As the cost of everyday necessities such as gas and groceries has gone up due to the war in Ukraine, the price of souvlaki, a staple of Greek cuisine, has also reached record highs.
The stunning price of souvlaki has hit Greeks hard–once a quick, cheap meal in itself, souvlaki has now become more pricey than ever.
While the word “souvlaki” refers to a stick of meat, in many parts of Greece, particularly in Athens, it also refers to a gyro, or pieces of shaved meat with tzatziki, french fries, onion, and tomato all wrapped in a pita.
While many everyday Greeks are struggling to keep up with the rising prices of everyday items, they may go for souvlaki as a solution for a cheap meal. However, the cost of the beloved Greek food has gone up as well.
In the past, one could easily find a gyro in Athens for around two euros, making it one of the cheapest fast foods in the city. Kalamakia, or meat skewers, were even cheaper.