Shopping in Athens
Information on shops and shopping in Athens
Greece you have a good opportunity for Athens
shopping , man and women can find very good shopping
prices on high quality items like shoes and clothing in
many boutiques near the center like Ermou ,Metropoleos
and Aiolou streets. For designer clothing the area of
Kolonaki at Voukourestiou street. At Solonos and
Academias street as well. Prices are about the same like
in other EU countries but if you are on times of summer
and winter sales you can find very good prices mostly in
clothing. At the tourist areas of Plaka and Monastiraki
the visitor will find souvenirs and Greek art as well in
Monastiraki at the flea market you will find Antiques
and old books . We suggest you pay a visit there and
after the shopping enjoy a refreshment at one of the
cafes or restaurants of Andrianou street having in your
front the amazing view of Acropolis the ancient Agora
the stoa of Attalos and the Temple of Hefestus.You will
be surprised at the bargains you will find in Athens.
Golden and silver jewellery are popular, given the
international renown of Greek designers. A multitude of
jewelers shops most of them located in the Syntagma
Square and Kolonaki areas, have a wide selection of
reproductions of ancient Greek jewels and traditional
and modern designs. Most of them are hand made by local
craftsmen. Moreover, at a multitude of Greek shops you
can find silver and turquoise filigrans, most of them
made in the city of Ioannina, in Epirus, with attractive
At the National Council of Social Care ,you will find
valuable hand made heavy carpets and rugs made on wooden
looms, and a wide range of embroidery, embroidered
tapestries, hand made cushions and bags, decorative
wall embroideries and uniquely charming, authentic
designs of Greek popular art.
Worth a visit is the Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum.
The Museum houses more than 3,000 designs of jewels.
Some 45 collections representing the history of Greek
jewellery inspired by the art and architecture of eleven
civilizations, nature, technology and biology.
You may be interested in the famous furs of Kastoria,
the product of an craft that was perfected over the
In the Syntagma Square area is a multitude of fur shops
offering a wide range of coats, jackets and fur hats,
with classic and modern designs. You may also find
bargain souvenirs, hand made goods and bronze vases.
Athens has been famous for its copper utensils, clay and
ceramic goods since the Archaic Age. The ideal place to
find unique items of Greek ceramic art and pottery is
the suburb of Maroussi, where most designers and
ceramicists have shops offering hand made goods. You may
also find bargain quality woven wool and cotton jumpers
with unique designs and leather goods and shoes made by
Greek designers. You will find these items at Ermou Str.
and Kolonaki Square. You will also find an abundance of
antiques in various shops in Kolonaki, Syntagma and
Monastiraki. You may find various kinds of antiques,
such as furniture, hand painted wooden trunks,
attractive miniatures, and small decorative items.
14, Filellinon Str.
Tel. 210 3250240-1, 197.
At the Hellenic Organization of Small Medium Sized
Enterprises and Handicrafts, you will find here
attractive, quality, and hand made carpets. the
Organization has established workshops in the country
teaching the art of traditional carpet making. You will
be impressed by the superb designs, the lively colours
and quality of the materials used for those carpets. In
the shop at Metropoleos Str you will find a large
variety of designs and sizes. You are sure to find a
9, Metropoleos Str. Tel. 210 3230408.
Opening Hours: Many shops are open 8am - 9pm,
otherwise: Mon, Wed: 9am - 2.30pm
Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am - 1.30 and
5.30pm - 8.30pm
Sat: 9am - 3pm.
Sunday: closed, except neighborhood corner stores and
some kiosks, usually open till around 10pm. Hours are
New Year's Eve and Easter all major Greek holidays as well as
in summer. For up-market clothes and shoes, the most
well known centers are the pedestrian Ermou street mall
downtown. the nearby district of Kolonaki, 0r near the
Metro station of Kifissia in the northern suburbs and
the main streets of Glyfada in the southern suburbs.
Athinas street, running from 0monia to Ermou, has a
sizable food market, (meat, fish, produce), the agora,
as well as various shops selling tools, candles, clothes
and shoes. There are certain streets running from
Athinas towards Stadiou where shops are grouped together
by what they sell.
Piraeus has a flea market along the train line from the
station every Sunday, as well as at Avyssinias Square in
Monastiraki, which also sells used and antique
furniture. Tourist shops and souvenirs are everywhere in
Plaka and Monastiraki.One thing you will see all over
the streets of Athens and Greece generally, are the
small yellow kiosks (PERIPTERA) displaying newspapers
and magazines. these are in fact the equivalent of a
miniscule supermarket, selling nearly everything you may
run out of and some even staying open 24 hours per day.
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