In Greek, pantopolio literally means “a shop that sells everything.” If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, it probably doesn’t exist. Opened in 2005, this was one of the first places in Athens to focus on quality Greek products made by small enterprises all over the country. Today it contains over 2,000 products, but it doesn’t feel crowded. Inside, you’ll find rusks, breadsticks, and biscuits, cured fish, meats and cheeses. There’s a marble counter and some stools where you can sit and taste them. There are whole shelves dedicated to flavoured noodles, honey, salt, teas, herbs, and pulses, intriguing mixes of wild mushrooms, sauces, jams, and regional sweets. One room is lined with olive oil and vinegar bottles, with another tasting counter. Beyond that is the cava, where you can sample Greek wines.
While you’re at the check out, why not try an acorn cookie? They were dreamed up by an American woman who settled on the Cycladic island of Kea, where there are oaks rather than olive groves. As well as tasting great, the cookies provide income for local farmers.