Need a souvenir for a game lover? Pick up your own tavli, or backgammon set. A mainstay of Greek cafe culture, this game dates back to 2000 BC. You may have seen the popular image of Achilles and Ajax playing dice in Troy. Head to Ekavi, where the boards are still handmade.
Chances are you’ve seen Greek men carrying komboloi, or worry beads. They’re usually twirled around the fingers of one hand, making a distinctive clacking sound as the beads knock against each other. They once had a religious connotation, but these days, using them is more secular. If you’re the kind of person who can’t sit still, they’re the perfect Greek souvenir. You can find worry beads in a variety of colours and materials throughout the city; Kombologadiko, in Kolonaki, has a fantastic range.