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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Anna Gelou

  • Crafts

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

Artists of Mykonos Studio

  • Art Galleries

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

Galatis

  • Clothing

Designer Yiannis Galatis has outfitted such famous women as Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, and Jackie Onassis. He will probably greet...

Ilias Lalaounis

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Known internationally, this fine jewelry collection is based on ancient Greek and other designs, but reinterpreted for the modern woman.

Kalypso

  • Clothing

Mother and daughter team Kalypso and Calliope Anastopoulou create their own collection of handmade leather sandals and women's clothing...

Kampanas

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

For a wide selection of handmade leather goods, head to Kampanas. It will be hard to choose from the array of sandals for both men and...

Nikoletta

  • Crafts

Mykonos used to be a weaver's island, where 500 looms clacked away. Only two active weavers remain today and Nikoletta Xidakis is one...

Ninemia

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Maria Kouniou is a local artist and displays her own handmade and hand-painted woodcraft wall hangings in her little whitewashed shop.

Parthenis

  • Clothing

Opened by Dimitris Parthenis in 1978, Parthenis now features designs by his daughter Orsalia, all showcased in a large Mykonian-style...

Salachas

  • Clothing

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

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