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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 ha
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, M
For serious retail therapy, most Athenians head to the shopping streets that branch off central Syntagma and Kolonaki Sq

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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  • 1. Benaki Museum Gift Shop

    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

  • 2. Diplous Pelekys

    Syntagma | Gifts/Souvenirs

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

  • 3. Forget Me Not

    Plaka | Gifts/Souvenirs

    This inspirational "cultural goods" shop has gained a loyal following for its unique souvenirs and gifts. Here, you can buy gifts with a contemporary...Read More

  • 4. Kombologadiko

    Kolonaki | Gifts/Souvenirs

    From real amber, or pinhead-size "evil eyes," to 2-inch-diameter wood, sugarcane, or shell beads, you'll find a dizzying selection of beads...Read More

  • 5. Korres Pharmacy

    Pangrati | Perfume/Cosmetics

    Natural beauty products blended in traditional recipes using Greek herbs and flowers have graced the bathroom shelves of celebrities like Rihanna...Read More

  • 6. Athena Design Workshop

    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

  • 7. Boxes N Foxes

    Exarcheia | Gifts/Souvenirs

    A clean, colorful, and minimalist space offers illuminated shelves full of handmade Greek crafts, boxes, and other decorative and utilitarian...Read More

  • 8. Center of Hellenic Tradition

    Monastiraki | Crafts

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

  • 9. Fresh Line

    Syntagma | Perfume/Cosmetics

    Among the solid shampoo cakes, body oils, lotions, and face packs sold here are a tremendous number of organic Greek-made soaps, most sliced...Read More

  • 10. Korres

    Syntagma | Spa/Beauty

    The flagship store of this cosmetics line sells a broad variety of the company's popular namesake cosmetics, from body lotions and soaps to...Read More

  • 11. Lykeion Ellinidon Gift Shop

    Kolonaki | Crafts

    This cozy shop is run by the Lyceum Club of Greek Women, a volunteer organization with the mission to preserve Greek cultural traditions and...Read More

  • 12. Mastiha Shop

    Syntagma | Local Specialties

    Medical research lauding the healing properties of gum mastic, a resin from trees found only on the Greek island of Chios, has spawned a range...Read More

  • 13. Old Market

    Monastiraki | Antiques/Collectibles

    Old coins, from Greece and around the world, are for sale at this antiques shop, along with stamps, engravings, antique toys and radios, musical...Read More

  • 14. Tanagrea

    Syntagma | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Hand-painted ceramic pomegranates—a symbol of fertility and good fortune—are one of the most popular of the multitude of Greek decor items in...Read More

  • 15. The Olive Tree Store

    Plaka | Household Items/Furniture

    This unique shop sells items made exclusively of olive wood, such as salad bowls and tongs, wall clocks, jewelry, and even backgammon sets....Read More

  • 16. Zoumboulakis Art-Design-Antiques

    Kolonaki | Gifts/Souvenirs

    The art shop of this respected private art gallery stocks some beautiful objets d'art, including candlesticks and other decor, in addition to...Read More

  • 17. Greece is for Lovers

    Exarcheia | Gifts/Souvenirs

    The showroom of this daring Greek design team is open by appointment only, but it is certainly worth the effort to call ahead. Traditional Greek...Read More

  • 18. Katerina Folk Art

    Monastiraki | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Greeks can spend hours heatedly playing tavli (backgammon). To take home a game set of your own, look closely for this hole-in-the-wall souvenir...Read More

  • 19. Whitebox Praxitelous

    Clothing

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