Whether you’re in the market for clothing, accessories, sophisticated souvenirs, artwork, statement jewellery or edible delicacies, you’ll find plenty of locally-made treasures in Athens.
Athenians pretty much invented shopping malls when they built the Agora in the 6th century BC. Today, big spenders stake out the Kolonaki neighbourhood for their shopping fix. Pedestrianised Voukourestiou—the Bond Street of Athens—is a pantheon of designer labels (Hermès, Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Bulgari and Cartier). If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for luxury fashion brands, check out Attica Department Store, which offers a VIP personal shopping service. Or jump in a taxi and flex the plastic on aspirational brands at the Dubai-esque Golden Hall shopping mall.
For a heads-up on the labels to watch in the Greek fashion scene, hit up the Kolonaki branch of i-D Concept Store, which carries local designers like Angelos Bratis (for draped dresses), Sophie Deloudi (for sculptural swimwear) and Grecian Chick (for supple leather bags and sandals). Pick up a pair of winged sandals or metallic slides from Ancient Greek Sandals first flagship store, or invest in embroidered blouses made with finest Greek silk from the new Zeus & Dione boutique. Fine jewellery has been in fashion in Athens for centuries. From household names like Lalaounis and Zolotas to modern celebrity favourites Yannis Sergakis, Nikos Koulis, and Lito, you’ll find statement pieces to bling up any outfit.