Athens offers travelers a wide range of exciting activities, from seeing monuments and eating at world-class restaurants to a wide variety of different types of shopping. Most people think of Greece as a country of islands, natural beauty, and rich history. The country also has some incredible shopping opportunities for people who enjoy hunting out deals and looking for truly unique items.
In recent years, many of the markets scattered throughout Athens, as well as in other parts of the country, have exploded in size. They now offer an astonishing range of items. People have even been known to fly to Greece with empty suitcases and the intention of filling them during their stay.
Some must-visit shopping areas in Athens and elsewhere include:
Located along Athinas Street in Athens, Central Market is a colorful place for shoppers to visit with a history that dates back to the 19th century. The market, which also goes by the name Varvakios, sells a range of items, including fruits, seafood, cured meats, and spices.
Some of the most popular items at the market are cheeses, many of which are made by hand, as well as fresh olives. Individuals will also find some of the freshest herbs in the city here.
While the market is closed Sunday, it is open every other day and an absolute must for food lovers and chefs. Also, individuals should note that the market is actually divided into two sections, one that is purely vegetarian and another that has meet. Generally, the sellers stick around until late evening.
Piraeus Flea Market
Individuals in Athens, whether shoppers are not, should make time to walk through Piraeus Flea Market. It provides a purely Greek experience. The flea market only operates on Sundays but is open from the very early morning hours until the evening.
While here, people will come across some incredible deals on virtually everything, from shoes to bedsheets. Many people who collect books have luck finding first editions here.
Visitors should always make sure they keep their belongings secure as they explore the market as it can get quite crowded. Also, bargaining is encouraged, so individuals should always try to talk down sellers from the originally stated price to get the best deal possible.
People probably think mostly of relaxing on the beach when they imagine Mykonos. However, the island has emerged as a top destination for fashionistas.
Many of the shops can get quite expensive, but they offer unique and stylish clothing that cannot be found anywhere else. Plus, the stores here stay open late into the evening so individuals can wander around once they have left the beach.
In the town, individuals will find everything from traditional Greek textiles to international designer labels. Starting in August, many of the shops have end-of-season sales. The island also has many kitschy souvenir shops.
Ermou Street and Kifisia
Perhaps the most famous shopping district in all of Athens, Ermou street features all of the top international brands, from Zara to Bershka. Because of the financial situation in Greece, these shops tend to sell clothing at prices much cheaper than in other parts of the world, so travelers can find great deals.
The street has a number of local stores and shops with unique collections. Some of the top-rated shops along the street include Fokas and Attika. While not everyone will enjoy a stop on Ermou Street, people who enjoy upscale shopping will be sure to have a great time.
Another spot for checking out luxury brands is Kifisia, which is the Athenian version of Fifth Avenue. Virtually all high-end brands have representation between these two spots.
On Crete in the Heraklion district is Eleftherios Venizelos, a square with some of the best shopping in the country. Here, individuals will find an impressive array of designers, as well as incredible jewelry, quality leather craft, and even fine antiques.
This spot is great for getting a sense of traditional Greek leatherwork and jewelry. This means it has some of the best examples of both. As a result, the items can get quite pricey.
Nearby is Chania, another district with leather pieces and jewelry that is meant more for souvenirs and thus has a lower price. Chania also has some beautiful handmade textiles, pottery, and art. This area also has some weekly pop-up markets with clothes, produce, and more.
Aeolou and Agios Markos Streets
One of the most famous shopping areas in Athens outside of Ermou and Kifisia, Aeolou and Agios Markos Streets are home to a number of unique shops with clothes, yarn, fabrics, and more. What makes this spot so special are the cheap prices, even on typically expensive fabrics like silk and linen.
This area is always crowded with both tourists and locals. Shoppers are encouraged to bargain with the sellers as virtually all the prices can be negotiated down. As an added bonus, individuals can head over to the nearby Agia Irini Square, which is known for its pubs and is a great place to have a drink, relax, and cool down after a shopping adventure.