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 Maria

  • Art Galleries

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.

Biotechniki Scholi

  • Crafts

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

Dia Cheros

  • Jewelry/Accessories

The walls of Xenofon Varveris’s colorful neoclassical shop are filled with detailed religious icons that may look similar at first...

Enosis

  • Local Specialties

Tinos produces a lot of milk. A short way up from the harbor, on the right, is the little store of the Enosis, which sells milk, butter,...

Farmers' Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

Tinos is a rich farming island, and every day but Sunday, farmers from all the far-flung villages fill the square with vegetables, herbs,...

Fish Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

In a little square near the very center of town, local Tinian fishermen sell fresh seafood. Meanwhile, the local pelican (a rival to...

Halaris Sweet Shop

  • Food/Candy

This sweet shop and bakery is the local go-to for anything traditional and sweet. Its known for Tinian specialties such as almond paste...

Ostria

  • Jewelry/Accessories

The selection here is especially good; in addition to delicate silver jewelry, it sells silver icon covers, silver plate, and 22-karat...

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