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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. 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

  • 2. Lalaounis

    Syntagma | Antiques/Collectibles

    This world-famous Greek jewelry house experiments with its designs, taking ideas from nature, biology, African art, and ancient Greek pieces...Read More

  • 3. Andronikos Sagiannos

    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

  • 4. Elena Votsi

    Kolonaki | Jewelry/Accessories

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

  • 5. Eleni Marnieri Galleie

    Jewelry/Accessories

    Greece’s only contemporary jewelry museum and shop features creations by over 40 Greek and foreign designers. Original jewelry and home decor...Read More

  • 6. Fanourakis

    Kolonaki | Jewelry/Accessories

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

  • 7. Museum of Cycladic Art Shop

    Kolonaki | Jewelry/Accessories

    Exceptional modern versions of ancient jewelry designs are available in the gift shop of this museum, where you can also find museum replicas...Read More

  • 8. Pantelis Melissinos

    Monastiraki | Crafts

    Pantelis follows in the steps of his father, Stavros, aka "the poet sandalmaker," a legendary cultural figure in his own right, gentle soul...Read More

  • 9. Pentheroudakis

    Kolonaki | Jewelry/Accessories

    Browse among the classic designs in gold, diamond, and gemstones but, happily, there are less expensive trinkets, like silver worry beads that...Read More

  • 10. Xanthopoulos

    Kolonaki | Jewelry/Accessories

    Shop for perfect pearls, rare diamonds and bright rubies set into unique jewelry pieces. ...Read More

  • 11. Zolotas

    Kolonaki | Jewelry/Accessories

    Since it opened in 1895, this jewelry boutique has been favored by Athens's crème de la crème, visiting dignitaries, and grateful receivers...Read More

  • 12. Me Me Me

    Kolonaki | Clothing

    Whether you're shopping around for a new cocktail dress or for funky accessories, this is the place to head for trendsetting creations by emerging...Read More

  • 13. Whitebox Praxitelous

    Clothing

    This is an avant-garde collective of creative Greek independent designers and artists, specializing in handmade jewelry, handbags, shoes, clothes...Read More

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