Athens is a paradise for shopping lovers and will satisfy even the most discerning of shoppers. High quality and good prices combined with a rich variety makes shopping in the Greek capital attractive all year round. Central Athens has whatever your shopping heart might desire from high-end designer stores and shiny malls to the traditional flea markets and bustling street markets.
If you seek luxury in the heart of town, look no further! Posh Kolonaki is the ideal shopping area for you. Skoufa, Patriarchou Ioakeim, and Tsakalof are streets lined with boutiques full of designer products of top quality and high aesthetics. If high fashion is your passion, Voukourestiou Street is the big-spender’s pedestrian paradise. It is home to many luxury brands, as well as expensive jewellery stores.
You can also head to Athens’ north suburb Kifissia where you’ll find beautiful luxury department stores housed in renovated buildings of remarkable architecture. For excellent window shopping walk on Kassaveti, Levidou, Panagitsa, Kolokotroni and Kyriazi streets and take your stroll under centuries-old maple trees, bordering busy cafés and restaurants.
If you want to go shopping by the seafront, Glyfada is the right place for you. Metaxa Street, is one of the busiest shopping streets in town.
If you are searching for an exquisite arty experience, Plaka and many of the museums’ gift shops in Athens will satisfy your appetite for true copies of ancient art as well as modern original works of art inspired by ancient Greek heritage. The gift shops of the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum are not to be missed during your stay in the Greek capital. If you love the abstract style of prehistoric Cycladic Art, or fine pieces of jewellery, a visit to the gift shop of the Museum of Cycladic Art is a brilliant idea. You will also find exquisite jewellery to suit all tastes in the Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum.
If modern art is your thing, pay a visit to the Herakleidon Museum Gift shop where you will find remarkable objects for sale or pass by Kolonaki, a district full of art galleries with works of art by famous contemporary artists. At the Museum of Greek Folk art you will find traditional hand-embroidery, shadow puppets, children’s toys, jewellery, scarves, books and decorative objects, inspired by the museum’s rich collection.
BAGS AND SHOES
If you are in the mood for shoes, bags and accessories, take a look at the shops in Ippokratous, Charilaou Trikoupi and Ermou streets, close to Syntagma Square. If you are looking for handmade bags or leather sandals, those found in the shops of Adrianou are top quality! In the Monastiraki and Psyrri districts, you will find several stores preserving their tradition in sandal-making as well as other leather articles.
Several workshops situated on Adrianou, Normanou and Theklas streets are willing to create your personalised order of ancient Greek-style sandals.
If you love organic cosmetics you should know there are many Greek top-quality cosmetic brands producing cosmetics from plant extracts, and that the last few years have taken the market by storm. Shampoos, hair masks, sun creams, body lotions, shower gels and essential oils of exquisite quality and fantastic fragrance will remind you of Greece every time you use them.
Get to know the trends in Greek music or literature at the major bookstores and music chains mainly found in Panepistimiou and Stadiou Streets. You can find a fine selection of translated Greek literature as well as foreign books.
DEPARTMENT STORES, MALLS & VILLAGES
Do you want to find everything in a single place, combine shopping with enjoying α meal, drink or going to the cinema? In that case, visit the shopping malls in Athens for great buys! If you happen to be downtown, try Attica and Athenian Capitol. You have more choices in the northern suburbs where you can visit The Mall Athens, Golden Hall and Avenue. If you’re in the Piraeus area, try Athens Heart or Village Shopping and More. If you head towards the southern suburbs, spend some time in the Athens Metro Mall and if you travel west, visit the River West.
Smart Park is just 15 minutes away from the airport by car and there is also the Airport Retail Park, which offers many choices for shopping before boarding your plane or for passing your time before you take your delayed flight.
TAX-FREE SHOPPING: Get your money back while shopping in Athens!
Travelers living in non-European Union countries are entitled to claim back the VAT/GST on purchases when they are brought home. So while shopping in many of the exciting tax free shops in Athens, you can save money and make your trip even more rewarding! Simply follow the steps:
1) Shop where you see the Tax Free Shopping logo and simply ask for your Refund Cheque.
2) Show your purchases, receipts and passport at the border and then have your Global Refund Cheque stamped.
3) Collect your refund in cash at a nearby Cash Refund, or mail back the cheque to Global Refund for direct crediting of your credit card or a bank cheque sent to your address.
The Currency Choice logo next to a credit card terminal means that here you can pay by credit card in your own national currency. The amount on the receipt is the sum that will be debited to your bank. Therefore, there will be no hidden fees and no unwanted surprises when you get back home.
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All shops accept credit cards, however keep cash handy for smaller purchases
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