Shopping in Athens
Well known for both its traditional and modern culture and lifestyle, shopping in Athens can be a fascinating and satisfying experience for all. Amidst the many well-known and international name brands and traditional Greek art and folk-art shops, there are hundreds of chic boutiques and specialty shops bursting with great fashion finds for every taste and budget.
The close proximity of each shopping district means that a weekend in Athens can combine a leisurely walk along well trodden paths amongst the locals, buying fresh produce from traditional markets and bazaars; and browsing elegant displays of haute couture, pret a porter clothing, shoes and accessories by talented Greek and foreign designers that are sure to impress.
Shopping in Athens reflects its old and new world culture. A stroll down the cobblestone streets of Monastiraki and Plaka, offers traditional Greek wares indigenous to its history. Handmade goods such as leather sandals, bags, woven rugs, intricate tablecloths, linens and carpets are sure to be appreciated upon your return home. Fashionistas, head to the shops on Ermou Street and Kolonaki for exclusive designer boutiques where you will find shoes, bags, tops and T-shirts that will make your friends envious.
Athens is a relatively small city with a big personality! Put your internal GPS on “shopping mode” and go to any of the following streets to enjoy a fabulous shopping experience.
- Ermou, Syntagma
- Voukourestiou, Kolonaki
- Skoufa, Kolonaki
- Tsakalof, Kolonaki
- Iphestou, Monastiraki
- Panepistimiou, Syntagma
- Patission str
- Pandrosou street market
Best Neighbourhood for fashion lovers / Main shopping streets:
Voukourestiou, Skoufa, Tsakalof, Patriarchou Ioakeim, Haritos and Anagnostopoulou.
Best Neighborhoods for Traditional and Contemporary Souvenirs, Greek and Popular art / Main shopping areas:
Monastiraki, Plaka, Psiri, Syntagma Constitution Square (Syntagma)
Affordable Fashion and Books / Main Shopping Streets: Stadiou and Panepistimiou Avenues, Ermou, the streets south of the square (Perikleous, Eolou, Mitropoleos), Karageorgi Servias and the streets towards Kolokotroni Street.
Outlet designer shopping: There are several stock houses to check out in Athens for discounts on designer labels. Many are found in the district of Nea Smyrni on Eleftherios Venizelos Street (accessible by tram) and others in fashion-oriented, central Kolonaki, as well as, in Spata and close to the Athens International Airport.
Flea Markets and Bazaars / Farmers’ Markets
For an earthy, organic Greek experience, spend some time at the Greek farmers markets, known as laiki agora. A cultural staple in Athenian daily life, the laiki is an outdoor market that spans several blocks. It is held on a designated day and designated street once a week. Most neighborhoods in Athens have one, and the days vary. Ask any local resident, for more information on when laiki takes place in your area. They are worth the visit.
The largest market in Athens is the Varvakeios Agora, located near the Ancient Agora in the Historic Centre, immediately following Evripidou Street. A must-visit shopping destination, especially on Sundays, is Monastiraki Flea Market when additional vendors exhibit their wares on Avissinias Square.
Christmas Bazaars are also held throughout the city during the holiday season. Popular ones are usually held at the Attiko Metro Syntagma Station and Technopolis in Gazi. An annual holiday shopping block party event can be found on Haritos street in Kolonaki the second weekend of December.