Love to go shoe-shopping? Love eco-friendly products? Want to find everything you need in a single store? You seek items of luxury and high aesthetics when you go shopping? You look for ‘treasures’ from old times, works of art in out-of-the-way places or original materials for your own personal creations? Whichever type of shopper you are, Athens is not going to let you down. The city’s best shopping areas are there for you to explore…
For luxury lovers
Those of you, who seek luxury in the heart of town, search no more! Kolonaki is the ideal shopping area for you. Skoufa, Patriarchou Ioakeim, and Tsakalof are streets lined with boutiques full of designer products of top quality and high aesthetics. When you’re finished with your shopping, take a break and enjoy a light meal or have a coffee in one of the famous local cafés and restaurants.
Those of you, who prefer the north suburbs, visit Kifisia. You can go shopping in malls housed in renovated buildings of remarkable architecture as well as in modern and tasteful stores. See the shop windows on Kassaveti, Levidou, Panagitsa, Kolokotroni and Kyriazi streets and enjoy your stroll along roads lined with centuries-old plane trees, bordering busy cafés and restaurants.
If however you would rather go shopping by the seafront, Glyfada is the right place for you. Visit Metaxa St., one of the busiest shopping streets in town. You will find some of the finest restaurants in the vicinity where you can taste fish and seafood, after your buys.
For creative and alternative shopping lovers
Is handmade jewellery your thing? You’re constantly on the lookout for new materials for your own creations? Make sure you visit the little bead shops [chandradika], and the handicraft stores on Lekka, Romvis, Leocharous, Praxitelous, Aiolou and Agiou Markou streets, downtown. Explore the numerous backstreets around Karageorgi Servias Street and the arcades; stroll along Ifaistou Street in Monastiraki where shops remain open on Sundays. A world of colours awaits you in those beads, buttons, fabrics, papers and other fantastic materials!
For Vintage Lovers
You look for authentic vintage furniture and decorative items, clothes and other old, well-preserved objects? The marketplaces in Monastiraki and the neighbouring Psyrri area are the ideal shopping destination for you. Have a short break in Avissynias square for a coffee or a cocktail and allow the cinematic feel of the scenery take you on a journey through time!
For Art Lovers
You’re an artist or an art lover? Greece is the native land of great artists dating as far back as the Antiquity. In the shops in Plaka and in gift shops of city museums such as the Acropolis Museum you will find true copies of ancient art as well as modern original works of art inspired by ancient Greek heritage. A visit to the Museum of Cycladic Art would also be a great idea, if you love the abstract style of prehistoric Cycladic Art. If however you prefer ornate creations, visiting the Benaki Museum is a must for you; on display you will see earrings, necklaces, and rings fit to a Byzantine noblewoman. You will find exquisite jewellery to suit all tastes, in the Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum.
If you are a Modern Art lover, visit the Herakleidon Museum Gift shop where you will find remarkable objects on sale – inspired after the museum exhibits. In Kolonaki, galleries house works of art by contemporary famous artists and in Gazi you will find items created by new and rising artists.
Shop in a shop lovers
You wish to find everything in a single place, combine shopping with enjoying α meal, drink or going to the cinema? Then visit the shopping malls in Athens for great buys!! If you happen to be downtown, try Attica and Athenian Capitol. You have more choices in the north suburbs where you can visit The Mall Athens, Golden Hall and Avenue. If you’re in the Piraeus area, try Athens Heart or Village Shopping and More. If you head towards the south suburbs, spend some time in the Athens Metro Mall and if you travel west, visit the River West. McArthurGlen and Smart Park are just 15 minutes away from the airport by car and in addition to the Airport Retail Park, they offer many a choice for shopping before boarding your plane or for passing your time before you take your delayed next flight.
For Shoe lovers
Shoes and handbags are a favourite part of each woman’s wardrobe. If you love to buy shoes, visit Ippokratous and Charilaou Trikoupi streets which are the ideal destination for shopping downtown. You will also find many shoe shops in Ermou street close to Syntagma square. If you look for hand made bags or leather sandals, those found in Adrianou Street shops are top quality! So, stroll around the city streets, the ideal pair of shoes is somewhere out there waiting for you…
For Eco-friendly product lovers
In case you didn’t know, Athens offers a wide variety of choices for those among you who prefer eco-friendly and biological products. So, buy gifts for your loved ones from environmental organisations such as MOM, WWF Greece, Arcturos, Stray and contribute to the protection of Greek nature, wildlife and stray animals. Get to know top quality Greek organic cosmetics on sale in malls and large stores. Visit an open-air marketplace of organic produce and try Greek fruit and vegetables that taste great, at reasonable prices. Each weekday, organic farmers set up their stalls in a different area and sell their quality produce of the Greek earth. Here is the list of marketplace days and hours for you!