Athens Shopping

For serious retail therapy, most Athenians head to the shopping streets that branch off central Syntagma and Kolonaki squares. Syntagma is the starting point for popular Ermou, a pedestrian zone where large, international chains like Zara, Sephora, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Mothercare, Replay, Nike, Accessorize, and Marks & Spencer have edged out small, independent retailers. You'll find local

shops on streets parallel and perpendicular to Ermou: Mitropoleos, Voulis, Nikis, Perikleous, and Praxitelous among them. Poke around here for real bargains, like strings of freshwater pearls, loose semiprecious stones, or made-to-fit hats. Much ritzier is the Kolonaki quarter, with boutiques and designer shops on fashionable streets like Anagnostopoulou, Tsakalof, Skoufa, Solonos, and Kanari. Voukourestiou, the link between Kolonaki and Syntagma, is where you'll find Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Polo Ralph Lauren, and similar brands. In Monastiraki, coppersmiths have their shops on Ifestou. You can pick up copper wine jugs, candlesticks, cookware, and more for next to nothing.

Many stores in Athens are open until only 3 or 4 on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, but they may be open later (until 7 or 8) on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The flea market centered on Pandrossou and Ifestou operates on Sunday morning and has practically everything, from secondhand guitars to Russian vodka. Keep one rule in mind: always bargain!

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Parthenis

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Fashion designer Dimitris Parthenis opened his first boutique in 1970. Today his daughter Orsalia Parthenis continues the family tradition...

Pentheroudakis

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Browse among the classic designs in gold, diamond, and gemstones but, happily, there are less expensive trinkets, like silver worry beads...

Pylarinos

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Stamp and coin collectors love this packed shop, which also has a good selection of 19th-century engravings. ...

Tanagrea

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Hand-painted ceramic pomegranates—a symbol of fertility and good fortune—are one of the most popular items in one of the city's oldest...

Taste of Greece

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This ethnic grocery store is a treasure trove of traditional delicacies from all over Greece—from the unique-tasting mastiha liqueur...

The Olive Tree Store

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This unique shop sells items made exclusively of olive wood, such as salad bowls and tongs, wall clocks, jewelry, and even backgammon...

Thiamis

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Talented iconographer Aristides Makos creates beautiful hand-painted, gold-leaf icons on wood and stone. His slightly cluttered shop...

Xanthopoulos

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Shop for perfect pearls, rare diamonds and bright rubies set into unique jewerly pieces. ...

Zolotas

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Since 1895, this jeweler, Lalaounis's main competitor in the status sweepstakes, is noted for its superb museum copies in gold and also...

Zoumboulakis Art-Design-Antiques

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The art shop of this respected private art gallery stocks some beautiful, limited edition silkscreens by famous Greek painters Yiannis...

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