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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Angelika Vaxevanidou Art Studio

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A visit to the whitewashed studio and gallery of award-winning sculptor, mosaicist, and portrait artist Angelika Vaxevanidou is a glimpse...

Anna Gelou

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Anna Gelou's eponymous shop, started by her mother 50 years ago, carries authentic copies of traditional handmade embroideries, all using...

Anna Maria

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By the small park next to the Cultural Center, the entrance to the small arts shop "Anna Maria" is draped by blue morning-glory vines.

Antico Veneziano

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Eleni Dellarocca's shop, Antico Veneziano, is in the basement of her Venetian house, built 800 years ago. The columns inside come from...

Argilos

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Husband and wife, Grigoris and Zetta Argilos are also local Naxian artists that love the island they grew up on. They created a shop...

Artists of Mykonos Studio

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The Artists of Mykonos Studio features the work of several Mykonian artists including paintings by the expat artist Richard James North...

Atlantis Books

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A tiny English-language bookshop that would be at home in New York's Greenwich Village or London's Bloomsbury is an unexpected but wonderful...

Bead Shop

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Marina Tsiagkouri's shop has expanded with worry beads and some ready-made trinkets, but beads are still the main reason to go. Marina's...

Biotechniki Scholi

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The 100-year-old weaving school, or Biotechniki Scholi, sells traditional weavings—aprons, towels, spreads—made by its students,...

Creations Folegandros

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Apostolos and Eleni have been creating their striking jewels, fashioned from silver and gold and often with Greek stones, for 20 years.

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