The blocks surrounding the central market are lined with stalls and speciality food shops, selling a variety of nuts, dried fruit, spices. Krokos, which means yolk, sells every kind of fresh egg imaginable, from quail to ostrich, free range and organic, as well as pasteurised egg yolks or whites for professional use.
Limnia Gi next door is a grocery store specialising in produce from the islands of Limnos and Ai Stratis. Apart from the famous Limnos flour, here you’ll also find fresh egg pasta (flomaria and aftoudia, among others), artisan cheese like melichloro and kalathaki, cured fish and meat, honey, sea salt, wines and distillates, samsades (filo pastry rolls stuffed with chopped almonds, sesame seeds, and thyme honey) and home-made preserves. Nearby, on narrow Streit Street, I Folia tou Meliou, is a small honey shop. The shopkeepers produce their own excellent honey from 500 beehives scattered around Attica, Evia and Pelion. You’ll also find royal jelly, bee pollen, honeycomb and beeswax.