In the neighbourhood of Exarchia, the city’s edgy, creative energy is reflected in the many second-hand shops. Your first stop should be Mimis—The Source of Sunglasses, one of Athens most cult vintage shops. No second-hand items here, but instead there's an enormous old stock of vintage sunglasses of every shape, style, and colour, all at rock-bottom prices.
At Dalston, the slick curation by Effie Pappa ensures each piece shines. Expect to find Missoni knitwear and tailored coats from Jil Sander, as well as emerging international brands.
Also on Ippokratous is Hotsy Totsy, a recent addition to the Athens second-hand scene. Racks are divided by style and colour, so you can flick quickly through quirky Hawaiian shirts, on-trend midi-skirts and floaty frocks. Towards the end of Kallidromiou Street, you’ll find Yesterday’s Bread, an established spot that’s always full of savvy shoppers sifting through 80s anoraks, retro sportswear and a large stash of kimonos.
After shopping, grab a bite at Ama Lachei, a neighbourhood favourite housed in an old neo-classical school-house.