The Cyclades Shopping

Mykonos is the best island in the Cyclades for shopping. You can buy anything from Greek folk items to Italian designer clothes, cowboy boots, and leather jackets from the United States. Although island prices are better than in the expensive shopping districts of Athens, there are many tourist traps in the resort towns, with high-pressure sales tactics and inflated prices for inferior goods. The

Greeks have a word for a naive American shopper—Americanaki. It's a good sign if the owner of a shop selling traditional crafts or art lives on the island and is not a hot shot Athenian over for the summer to make a quick buck. Each island has a unique pottery style that reflects its individuality. Santorini potters like the bright shades of the setting sun, though the best pottery island is Paros. Island specialties are icons hand-painted after Byzantine originals; weavings and embroideries; local wines; and gold worked in ancient and Byzantine designs. Don't be surprised when the stores close between 2 and 5:30 in the afternoon and reopen in the evenings; even on the chic islands everybody takes a siesta.

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Pocket Gallery

  • Crafts

Anglo-Australian expat Artist Tim Elkington's small craft and art shop showcasees Greek artists and expat artists that are inspired by...

Promponas Wines and Liquors

  • Local Specialties

A large selection of their famous kitro (citron liqueur) and preserves, as well as Naxos wines and thyme honey, packed in attractive...

Salachas

  • Clothing

A small shop, Salachas is filled with linen and cotton garments of all Greek materials and manufacture. Grandfather Joseph Salachas was...

Sophia's Art Jewelry

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Easily above the standard glitter of Santorini, Sophia's sells gold jewelry from several Greek workshops. Letting her work speak for...

Tango

  • Clothing

Kostas Mouzedakis's stylish shop has been selling classic sportswear for three decades. It sells its own Tangowear label, a men's line...

Techni

  • Local Specialties

Techni translates to art in Greek and that's what the shop showcases—locally and traditionally inspired handmade arts and crafts. The...

The Workshop

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Walking into The Workshop you’ll immediately realize that the owner, Christos Xenitidis, loves two things: music and jewelry. His handiwork...

Yria Interiors

  • Ceramics/Glassware

On Market street, look for the house with the beautifully carved Parian marble facade to find Paros's most elegantly designed shop. Here,...

Zonadiko

  • Clothing

Head up the stairs off one of Mykonos's busiest pedestrian walkways to find Michalis Pavlos at work in his little leather workshop where...

Zoom

  • Books/Stationery

At Eleftherios Primikirios's bookstore Zoom, there's an excellent selection of English-language books about Naxos and much else. No other...

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