Shopping in Greece
All over Greece you will be able to find shops and shopping centers where you can purchase a whole range of items from clothing to jewelry to CDs and videos. There are also many shops where you can purchase a fantastic selection of Greek Products, such wines, pottery, religious icons and embroidery.
In Athens, there is a fantastic selection of shops and places to go where you enjoy shopping all day long. Quite a lot of products in Greece are cheaper than other places in Europe and are also high in quality.
For men and women's clothing, probably the best place would be in Ermou Street, which can be found just off Syntagma Square in the centre of Athens. Here there are many shops and boutiques where you can find both local tailored clothing as well as internationally known brands.
If you are looking for souvenirs or gifts for friends or loved ones, the best place would be in Monastiraki, in the Plaka area of Central Athens.
Here you can find marble statues, jewelry, T-Shirts, keyrings, posters, as well as a whole range of other unique and charming objects.
Around the Plaka district, there are also many cafes and small tavernas where you can take a break from the days shopping and enjoy a drink or meal. During the weekends, there is also the flea market in Monastiraki where you can find a whole host of good and products, as well as old books and antiques. There is also a huge flea market on Sunday in Pireaus.
For cigarettes, newspapers and magazines, you will find all of these items available in the hundreds of kiosks (Peripteros) that you will find scattered on every street corner.
Some of these kiosks are open 24 hours a day, so if you need an emergency drink or telephone card in the middle of the night, you will most probably be able to find them, as well as a whole lot more at these kiosks.
The Kolonaki district in Athens is also a very popular place for shopping, with a wide range of various shops all over the area. There are also cafe bars here as well, where you can enjoy a drink.
The district of Kolonaki is located right at the foot of Lycabitus Hill, so be prepared for some steep and high streets and roads during your shopping trips.
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: 08.30 - 17.00
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 08.30 - 14.00 - 17.30 - 20.30
Sunday: Most shops are closed, but those around Plaka and Monastiraki are mostly always open.
In the summer season and also around Christmas, some of the shops may change hours accordingly.