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Shopping in Athens

Join Athenians shopping for Greek honey and olive oils at the chaotic Central Market or bargain for antiques at Monastiraki Flea Market. Handmade leather sandals are for sale at Stavros Melissinos in Psirri, and gold designer necklaces in Kolonaki’s Elena Votsi. Shops generally open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 9am-2pm, and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-2pm and 5pm-8pm, but hours vary.

Elena Votsi, Athens. Courtesy of Elena Votsi

Shops

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  1. 1. Centre of Hellenic Tradition - Shops

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    For original souvenirs and gifts, call into the Centre of Hellenic Tradition in Monastiraki, which stocks authentic Greek folk art. Choose your pottery, wood carvings, embroideries and prints, then take in Acropolis views while sipping coffee at the centre's cafe.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-6pm

    Address

    59, Mitropoleos, Plaka, Athens 10555

    Telephone

    +30 210 321 3023

    Transport

    Monastiraki metro

  2. 2. Eleftheroudakis - Shops

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    Near Syntagma, Eleftheroudakis is an eight-storey bookshop filled with English-language literature. Up top, the travel section stocks guidebooks to Athens and Greece plus travel memoirs and journals. There's also a café.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 9am-6pm

    Address

    17, Panepistimiou, Syntagma, Athens, 10654

    Telephone

    +30 210 325 8440

    Transport

    Panepistimiou metro station

    Website

    Eleftheroudakis

Markets

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  1. 3. Monastiraki Flea Market - Markets

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    Monastiraki Flea Market, Athens. Photo by Jane Foster

    Like an Eastern bazaar, the open-fronted stores of Monastiraki Market stock copperware, backgammon sets, army surplus gear, leather goods and cheap jewellery. On busy Sunday mornings, the market sees the addition of antiques, bric-a-brac and books.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.30am-3pm (but varies from store to store)

    Address

    Ifestou, Monastiraki, Athens, 10555

    Transport

    Monastiraki metro station

  2. 4. Central Market - Markets

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    Seafood at the Central Market in Athens, Greece.

    The 19th-century iron-and-glass Central Market, near Omonia, has two vast halls selling meat and seafood, and a colourful fruit and vegetable section. Lining Athinas, open-fronted stores sell olives, pistachios, dried figs, apricots, and gift-wrapped honey.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 6am-3pm

    Address

    Athinas & Evripidou, Omonia, Athens, 10551

    Transport

    Omonia metro station

Specialists

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  1. 5. Elena Votsi - Specialists

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    Elena Votsi, Athens. Courtesy of Elena Votsi

    Elena Votsi designed the medals for the 2004 Athens Olympics. Best known for her individually crafted, chunky 18-carat gold necklaces and rings set with coloured stones, she worked for Gucci before opening her own store in Kolonaki, Athens.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon, Wed & Sat 10am-3pm; Tue, Thu & Fri 10am-8.30pm

    Address

    7, Xanthou, Kolonaki, Athens, 10673

    Telephone

    +30 210 360 0936

    Transport

    Syntagma metro station

    Website

    Official website

  2. 6. Antiqua - Specialists

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    Antiqua is a treasure trove of art, armour, furniture and religious icons opposite the Greek parliament building in Athens' Syntagma Square. A far cry from cluttered antique shops, its wares are carefully laid out like rooms in a grand house.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-3pm (until 6.30pm Tue, Thu & Fri)

    Address

    2, Amalias Avenue, Athens, 10557

    Telephone

    +30 210 3232 220

    Transport

    Syntagma metro station

    Website

    Antiqua

  3. 7. Korres - Specialists

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    Korres, Athens. Courtesy of Korres

    Korres creates beautifully-packaged, deliciously-scented homeopathic beauty products, available in chemists throughout the city. However, for their full range, visit the Pangrati store, where the company began in 1996. Korres also has flagship stores in London, New York and Beijing.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon & Wed 8.30am-2.30pm; Tue, Thu & Fri 8.30am-2pm & 5pm-8pm

    Address

    8, Erastosthenous & Ivikou, Pangrati, Athens, 11635

    Telephone

    +30 210 722 2774

    Transport

    Syntagma metro station

    Website

    Official website

  4. 8. Loumidis - Specialists

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    Thick with the aroma of freshly-ground coffee, Loumidis, on a busy corner close to Omonia Square, sells Greek coffee, brass coffee grinders, briki (coffee-pots) and filtzania (tiny coffee cups). They also sell chocolates and Turkish Delight.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon & Wed 8am-7pm; Wed, Thu-Fri 8am-9pm; Sat 8am-4pm

    Address

    69, Panepistimiou Aiolou, Omonia, Athens, 10564

    Telephone

    +30 210 321 6965

    Transport

    Omonia metro station

  5. 9. Stavros Melissinos - Specialists

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    Stavros Melissinos began crafting handmade leather sandals in 1954. When poet Stavros retired in 2004, the shop moved to Psirri and is now run by his son, Pantelis. Customers have included Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    2, Agias Theklas, Psirri, Athens, 10554

    Telephone

    +30 210 321 9247

    Transport

    Monastiraki metro station

    Website

    Stavros Melissinos

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