For serious retail therapy, most Athenians head to the shopping streets that branch off central Syntagma and Kolonaki Squares. Syntagma is the starting point for popular Ermou, a pedestrian zone where large, international chains like Zara, Sephora, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Mothercare, Replay, Nike, Accessorize, and Marks & Spencer have edged out small, independent retailers. You'll find local shops on streets parallel and perpendicular to Ermou: Mitropoleos, Voulis, Nikis, Perikleous, and Praxitelous among them. Poke around here for real bargains, like strings of freshwater pearls, loose semiprecious stones, or made-to-fit hats. Much ritzier is the Kolonaki quarter, with boutiques and designer shops on fashionable streets like Anagnostopoulou, Tsakalof, Skoufa, Solonos, and Kanari. Voukourestiou, the pedestrianized link between Kolonaki and Syntagma, is where you'll find luxury boutiques: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Polo Ralph Lauren, and similar brands. In Monastiraki Flea Market on Pandrossou (which also operates on Sundays) there's a mishmash of tourist trinkets, clothing, footwear, jewelry, and rugs; in Psirri you'll find coppersmiths selling wine jugs, candlesticks, cookware, and more for next to nothing. Athinas Street is loaded with stores selling everything from homewear to DIY tools, leather goods, plastic flowers, incense, and foods, and if you walk down "the spice street" of Evripidou and turn into Menandrou, you'll discover an area where migrants mainly from India and Pakistan have set up a whole different style of stores, barbershops, and restaurants (only venture there by day). Meanwhile, to get a feel of the local shopping lifestyle of Athens it's well worth getting lost in the mazelike backstreets of Monastiraki (start from Aiolou and turn anywhere). This area has flourished over recent years and is packed with quirky stores, eateries, bars, and yoga studios.

Many stores in Athens are open from 9 am to 3 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, while on Tuesday shops on Ermou Street remain open until 5 pm. On Thursday and Friday, shops operate from 9 to 2 and then again from 5:30 to 9.

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    Syntagma | Food/Candy

    Athens's oldest and finest chocolatier (since 1928) has catered to the most high-profile and demanding chocolate lovers since it opened, and...Read More

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    Kolonaki | Gifts/Souvenirs

    The airy museum shop has excellent copies of Greek icons, jewelry, and folk art—at fair prices. You will also find embroideries, ceramics, stationery...Read More

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    Syntagma | Gifts/Souvenirs

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    Plaka | Gifts/Souvenirs

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    Thissio | Spa/Beauty

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    Kolonaki | Gifts/Souvenirs

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    Pangrati | Perfume/Cosmetics

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    Syntagma | Antiques/Collectibles

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    Plaka | Spa/Beauty

    Sumptuous massages are offered here with Greek olive oil and raki or with Eastern ingredients. And the option of overlooking the Acropolis during...Read More

  • 11. Alekos Antiques

    Monastiraki | Antiques/Collectibles

    This palaiopolio (junk dealer) is especially popular among collectors of old radio sets and vintage toys, and carries wonderfully quirky items...Read More

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    Plaka | Crafts

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    Makriyianni | Jewelry/Accessories

    For five generations, the Sagiannos family's creations have adorned the fingers, necks, and ears of stylish Athenian matrons. The tradition...Read More

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    Makriyianni | Gifts/Souvenirs

    One of the neighborhood’s most original stores is a design shop run by artist Krina Vronti, from whom you can buy original printed T-shirts...Read More

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    Exarcheia | Gifts/Souvenirs

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    Monastiraki | Crafts

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    Exarcheia | Ceramics/Glassware

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