The legendary Greek kiosks, better known as periptera.
You’ll stumble upon multitudes of them during your visit to Athens and you will surely purchase something more than once. They’re like condensed supermarkets parked on street corners and squares, whose tiny size belies their vast stock: anything from magazines to yoghurt to tissues to beer. Most stay open late into the night and some, especially in the city centre, are open round the clock.
The first Athenian periptero appeared in 1911 on Panepistimiou Street. It would probably still be standing if the construction of the nearby Metro station hadn’t caused it to collapse (nobody was hurt).
In the beginning of the 20th century (and up until a few years ago), kiosks were given exclusively to war veterans and the disabled to help with their livelihood. The licences passed on to their wives and children after their death. Originally kiosks only sold newspapers. After the first World War, they began to sell cigarettes, a few sweets, and not much else since, by law, the wooden stands could not be larger than 70x70cm.