The best place for someone to start their typographic journey is definitely Stoa Emporon (Merchant’s Arcade). Back in 2015, the group Beforelight who create large-scale light art interventions in public spaces, gathered old shop signs from family-owned stores that had shut down around Voulis Street with a goal to “bring light” to the run-down Athenian arcade. Though the type specimens on display are mostly by craftspeople, rather than graphic designers, the diversity of typefaces, materials and techniques that are gathered offer a great crash test on local typography.
For a more design-ish introduction to Athens’ current type scene, make sure to drop by Parachute Typefoundry in the area of Psirri. There, Panos Vassiliou along with his team design new Greek typefaces and often hold events open to the public, as well as organise lectures, workshops, exhibitions and multidisciplinary projects. They also have a limited collection of merch items such as publications and everyday paraphernalia centred around typography, of course. The areas of the Historic Centre and Plaka are home to plenty of sophisticated souvenir shops where you can get an idea of what Greek type designers are up to nowadays. At Hyper Hypo contemporary bookstore in Monastiraki, you can surely spot a book (or more) focused on design and typography.
Last, but definitely not least, the Epigraphic Museum, housed on the south wing ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum, holds an invaluable trove of ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Phoenician, and Ottoman inscriptions (the era’s signs) that date back to 800 BCE.