High quality and good prices combined with a rich variety makes shopping in the Greek capital attractive all year round. Central Athens has whatever your shopping heart might desire from high-end designer stores and shiny malls to the traditional flea markets and bustling street markets.
If you seek luxury in the heart of town, look no further! Posh Kolonaki is the ideal shopping area for you. Skoufa, Patriarchou Ioakeim, and Tsakalof are streets lined with boutiques full of designer products of top quality and high aesthetics. If high fashion is your passion, Voukourestiou Street is the big-spender’s pedestrian paradise. It is home to many luxury brands, as well as expensive jewellery stores. You can also head to Athens’ north suburb Kifissia where you’ll find beautiful luxury department stores housed in renovated buildings of remarkable architecture. For excellent window shopping walk on Kassaveti, Levidou,
Panagitsa, Kolokotroni and Kyriazi streets and take your stroll under centuries-old maple trees, bordering busy cafés and restaurants. If you want to go shopping by the seafront, Glyfada is the right place for you. Metaxa Street, is one of the busiest shopping streets in town.
There are numerous jewellery shops located mainly around Syntagma and K rquoise, originating from the Ioannina (Epirus region).
If you are searching for an exquisite arty experience, Plaka and many of the museums’ gift shops in Athens will satisfy your appetite for true copies of ancient art as well as modern original works of art inspired by ancient Greek heritage. The gift shops of the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum are not to be missed during your stay in the Greek capital. If you love the abstract style of prehistoric Cycladic Art, or fine pieces of jewellery, a visit to the gift shop of the Museum of Cycladic Art is a brilliant idea. You will also find exquisite jewellery to suit all tastes in the Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum. If modern art is your thing, pay a visit to the Herakleidon Museum Gift shop where you will find remarkable objects for sale or pass by Kolonaki, a district full of art galleries with works of art by famous contemporary artists. At the Museum of Greek Folk art you will find traditional hand-embroidery, shadow puppets, children’s toys, jewellery, scarves, books and decorative objects, inspired by the museum’s rich collection.
Bags and Shoes
If you are in the mood for shoes, bags and accessories, take a look at the shops in Ippokratous, Charilaou Trikoupi and Ermou streets, close to Syntagma Square. If you are looking for handmade bags or leather sandals, those found in the shops of Adrianou are top quality! In the Monastiraki and Psyrri districts, you will find several stores preserving their tradition in sandal-making as well as other leather articles. Several workshops situated on Adrianou, Normanou and Theklas streets are willing to create your personalised order of ancient Greek-style sandals.
If you are in a bohemian-vintage mood, head to the Psyrri area, where shopping is an exciting experience with sophisticated or trendy fashion suggestions by talented young designers. Artisans’ workshops that sell sandals, suitcases, lampshades, old vinyls and second-hand books, create a picturesque image! Make sure you visit the little bead shops [chandradika], and the handicraft stores on Lekka, Romvis, Leocharous, Praxitelous, Aiolou and Agiou Markou streets, downtown Athens. Explore the numerous backstreets around Karageorgi Servias Street and the beautiful arcades, and stroll along Ifaistou Street in Monastiraki
where shops remain open on Sundays. A world of colours awaits you in those beads, buttons, fabrics, papers and other fantastic materials!
Avissynias Square and the surrounding area is the place to hunt for all wooden chairs, glassware and silverware, as well as all sorts of vintage objects that will add charm and character to your house. In the meantime you can have a short break for a coffee or a cocktail and allow the cinematic feel of the scenery take you on a journey through time! In Pandrossou Street and the flea markets and stores of Monastiraki and Thissio, you will discover all sorts of souvenir
shops to buy gifts and souvenirs to take back with you at home, such as worry beads (komboloi in Greek) made of plastic, amber and coral beads.
If you love organic cosmetics you should know there are many Greek top-quality cosmetic brands producing cosmetics from plant extracts, and that the last few years have taken the market by storm. Shampoos, hair masks, sun creams, body lotions, shower gels and essential oils of exquisite quality and fantastic fragrance will remind you of Greece every time you use them.
Head to Athinas Street in the heart of the buzzing Athens Central Market also known as “Varvakeios”, where you can taste the real culinary rhythm of the city. Here producers sell their merchandise and Athenians and restaurateurs carefully choose their daily stock of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and cheese. If you love open-air markets, along with Athens’ Central Market, each neighborhood has its own small open market on specific days where people buy fresh goodies. You can buy some fruit to have a healthy snack in your bag for the long walks under the Athenian sun. In the city centre you can find the market of Xenokratous Street in Kolonaki every Friday, in Kallidromiou Street in Exarcheia every Saturday, a flower market is in Agia Irini Square, and many open-air organic markets where organic farmers set up their stalls and sell their organic produce
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