Maybe seeing the Acropolis and enjoying the landscape is not all that you came to Greece for. Maybe, your materialistic tendencies need to be fulfilled with a little bit of Greek shopping to enrich your trip as well. Well, we are not here to judge. What we are here for, is to help you and inform you about the best places to shop in Athens, whether you like high end or high street.
The basics: Ermou street
Let’s start from the very basic, Ermou Street. Below Syntagma Square a delightful pedestrian street spreads, full of shops of all kinds. There, you will find mainly the biggest commercial chain stores as well as cute little independent shops scattered in between. From Sephora and Mac for cosmetics to Foot Locker for athletic gear, Zara for clothing and Flying Tiger for various, interesting bits and bobs, Ermou St. combines a large variety of stores with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
This street is never lonely even the early morning hours.
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The nostalgia of Monastiraki
Walking a little further down, there is the market of Monastiraki. The Monastiraki market is a dreamland for travellers, since it is full of tourist memorabilia and leather accessories that carry a Greek signature. A great advantage of this place is also the fact that it remains open on Sundays, unlike any other market in Greece. For trifles, souvenirs, leather goods and bohemian accessories it really cannot be beaten. What’s more, within the market of Monastiraki, you can find the antique market of Avissinias square. There, genuine vintage treasures at incredible prices wait for you to discover them. The variety of this antique market is truly outstanding, extending from jewellery and records to decoration and furniture.
The neighbourhood of Monastiraki with its famous Flea Market is an amazing area full of souvenir shops.
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The posh neighbourhood of Kolonaki
If you are a fan of luxury, then the district in the centre of Athens called Kolonaki, along with the famous Voukourestiou St. will without a doubt meet and surpass your expectations with the out-of-this-world creations they have to offer. Along the whole length of Voukourestiou St. you can shop at the world's biggest fashion houses: Prada, Gucci and Cartier, to name only a few. Moreover, with the aesthetic of one of the richest neighbourhoods of Athens, Kolonaki is ideal for unbridled shopping that is not prohibitive for people on a budget, due to shops like Pre-loved. Whether you are looking for something simple or something more sophisticated, something from the 50s or something of the glorious 80s, Preloved will provide it. In this underground shop, you will find everything: Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Prada, second-hand but in superb condition.
The central neighbourhood of Kolonaki is one of the oldest districts in Athens and a must visit if you love shopping.
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Vintage shopping in Exarcheia
If vintage shopping is your thing, look no further than the municipal of Exarcheia. In this artistic neighbourhood, vintage and secondhand shops will make vintage enthusiasts revel in the choices. Yesterday’s bread, despite its odd name, is one of the most popular vintage shops in Athens. In a tiny space you can find unlimited bags, accessories, shoes, coats, shirts, jackets, dresses and jeans at very good prices (2-90 €), mainly from Amsterdam and Paris. Despite the shop being so small, you might find yourself devoting a lot of time to searching through the large variety of stock. One thing is for sure: there is no way that you won’t find something that tickles your fancy among the many interesting offers.
The best vintage clothes in the heart of Athens
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The big malls
Another effective way to do your shopping without having to wander around the whole of Athens is to visit a mall. Malls are in fact a relatively new discovery for Greeks as they came to be in Athens only a few years ago. The first and largest mall is The Mall Athens, located at Maroussi, with Athens Hearts, Athens Metro Mall and Attica following. Malls provide convenience and comfort while potentially protecting you from the unbearable heat in the summer and chilling cold in the winter. You can find most things you're looking for in the same well-kept place and you can also stop for a coffee, a bite or a drink.
A few kilometres north of Athens, one will find the municipality of Chalandri, with one of the most beautiful markets of the northern suburbs. Offering a wide variety of local shops, one can wander around the pedestrian streets of Chalandri, combining shopping with coffee and snacks in a beautiful urban landscape. Our favourite shop there is the bookshopEvripidis, which is a cultural heaven on earth for all the bookworms out there, with a nothing short of impressive stationery and book selection, both Greek and foreign. Evripidis offers at the same time the comfort of a modern bookshop and the intimacy and warm environment of a cosy coffee shop. Two tasteful coffee rooms, one in the bookshop on the 1st floor and the other in the courtyard, offer sweet and savory delicacies, putting a literal twist to the expression “food for thought”.
Either you want shopping or drinking a coffee Athens Metro Mall is the ideal place with plenty of things to do.
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Athens offers, among many things, the opportunity for great shopping no matter your taste or budget. What better way to explore a new city, discover her streets and take in the local vibe than indulging in a little retail therapy? Whether you’re looking for something for you or your loved ones, the city is full of independent stores and much loved high street brands, providing plenty of hours worth of browsing. The shopaholics amongst you will not be disappointed. Looking for a truly local experience? Why not try shopping in the vibrant and lively Central Market of Athens, with us, on our Athens for Foodies Tour!