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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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

  • Jewelry/Accessories

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

Loom

  • Clothing

Vassilis and Kathy Koutelieris's Loom sells casual clothes made from organically grown Greek cotton including the Earth Collection, which...

Nassos Papakonstantinou

  • Jewelry/Accessories

The workshop of Nassos Papakonstantinou sells one-of-a-kind pieces both sculptural and delicate. His father was a wood-carver; Nassos...

Pocket Gallery

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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

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

Techni

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

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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