Athens Shopping

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 link between Kolonaki and Syntagma, is where you'll find Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Polo Ralph Lauren, and similar brands. In Monastiraki, coppersmiths have their shops on Ifestou. You can pick up copper wine jugs, candlesticks, cookware, and more for next to nothing.

Many stores in Athens are open until only 3 or 4 on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, but they may be open later (until 7 or 8) on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The flea market centered on Pandrossou and Ifestou operates on Sunday morning and has practically everything, from secondhand guitars to Russian vodka. Keep one rule in mind: always bargain!

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Alekos Antiques

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


  • Antiques/Collectibles

Wood furniture and ceramics, all hand-carved and hand-painted by the shop's owners—a creative couple specializing in antique furniture...

Andronikos Sagiannos

  • Jewelry/Accessories

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

Benaki Museum Gift Shop

  • 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,...

Center of Hellenic Tradition

  • Art Galleries

The Center is an outlet for quality handicrafts—ceramics, weavings, sheep bells, wood carvings, prints, and old paintings. Take a break...

Diplous Pelekys

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

A large variety of handwoven articles, genuine folk art, ceramics from all over Greece, and traditional and modern jewelry all on show...

Elena Votsi

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Elena Votsi designed jewelry for Gucci and Ralph Lauren before opening her own boutiques, where she sells exquisite, larger than life...

Elliniko Spiti

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Art restorer Dimitris Koutelieris is inspired by his home island of Naxos. He salvages most of his materials from houses under restoration,...


  • Jewelry/Accessories

Original gold masterpieces can be had at these shops, where Athenian masters, prompted by jewelry designer Lina Fanouraki, use gold almost...

Fine Wine

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Elegant wine gift packs are available at this old-fashioned wine shop, where you can browse a broad selection of Greek wines and liqueurs.


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