There is a multitude of hidden treasures, in clothing, shoes, sandals, leather bags, and all sorts of accessories all over the historic and commercial districts of Athens, worth searching for!
This Summer, you may need to wait for a few minutes before entering a shop. Small shops of up to 20 m2 will be able to host a maximum of 4 people at the same time (including employees). Larger shops can host more people, according to issued regulations. Distances of at least 1.5 meters must be maintained by customers and employees and the use of masks is by the personnel is mandatory.
Shopping in Athens is a unique experience, much like it is in any major capital city. If you, as a visitor with very limited time to spare, are going to be content with a quick glimpse of the picturesque local market, then we suggest that following your must-visit to the Acropolis Museum, you walk down Vyronos Street, see the Monument of Lysicrates, continue on Adrianou Street in the historic Plaka district, the oldest commercial street in Europe still in use, all the way down to Agora Square, take a right and then an immediate left to Pandrossou Street, stroll down Monastiraki Square and the area around it.
You will pass by a great number of shops, small and larger, some with excellent and other with trashy merchandise to sell. Truth is that most of these shops sell to tourists only, are used to bargaining and some have incorporated it in their pricing and expect your counter-offer, and many of them offer generic touristy trash that is only to be taken as memorabilia.
There are, however, a good number of shops that offer quality stuff, worth exploring for. There are guided tours to take you shopping, but if you do have some time, go on your own, exercising the same caution and wisdom you would in your own country. There are no special dangers to tourists in Athens, and you'll find that most people are fluent in English and will gladly give you directions to find your way around. People will tell you to go shopping on Ermou Street. They are right, but this is true mostly for the locals. Ermou is packed with successful international brands, the ones you may find in your hometown upscale shopping mall or in the downtown shopping district of any major city. The same is true, with very few exceptions in the upscale Kolonaki district, with snobbish residents and expensive stores. But, you did not come to Greece to find the same old same old. There is a multitude of hidden treasures, in clothing, shoes, sandals, leather bags, and all sorts of accessories all over the historic and commercial districts of Athens, worth searching for!
18 Frynihou - More than Jewels
18, Frynihou St., Plaka, tel.: 210 325 4466
Achillion Leather Sandals & Bags
110 Adrianou & Flessa Sts., Plaka, tel.: 210 322 1265
Agora Ethnic Jewellery
10, Pandrossou St., Plaka, tel.: 210 323 4298
Errikos Aidinis Applied & Decorative Arts
32 Nikis St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 323 4591
Dedalma, Dimitris Diamantopoulos Jewelry & Applied Arts
19 Lycavytou Street, Kolonaki, tel.: 210 360 5260 www.dedalma.com
dot.Ah.art athens art lab antiques
12, Afroditis St., Plaka, tel.: 697 210 6620
Eclectica Arts & Antiques
10 Hairefontos St., Plaka, tel.: 211 401 4322
Fasoli Clothing original progressive-style T-Shirts and Dresses
6 Normanou St., Monastiraki, tel.: 211 402 3234
Haris Cotton original clothes for women and men based on simplicity and usability.
101, 111 & 136 Adrianou Street, Plaka, tel.: 210 322 7560 www.hariscotton.gr
23 Vyronos St., Plaka, tel.: 210 322 5315
Keramidas, leather goods
75-77 Pandrossou St., Monastiraki, tel.: 210 321 4077
Kion Leather & Accessories Store
10 Hatzichristou St., Acropolis, tel.: 210 921 7550
Vassilis Korovessis Rare Books - Engravings -Old Maps - Post Cards, etc.
7 Adrianou St., Thesseion, tel.: 210 321 7562
15 Miaouli St., Psyri, tel.: 210 331 2721
Maramenos & Pateras, jewelry
30, Mitropoleos St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 324 6885 www.maramenos-pateras.com
Melissinos Art - The Poet Sandal-Maker
16 Tzireon & Diakou Sts., Acropolis-Makriyanni
tel.: 210 321 9247 - www.melissinos-art.com
48 Adrianou St., Monastiraki, tel.: 210 321 6833 &
116 Adrianou St., Plaka, tel.: 210 325 3853
3 Miaouli St., Psyri. tel.: 210 321 0019
28 Hefaistou St., Monastiraki, tel.: 210 324 0287
Venetia Vildiridis, jewelry
11 Voukourestiou St., Syntagma, tel.:210 363 5145 - www.venetiavildiridis.com
75 Pandrossou, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 321 3123
19 Aiolou Street, Agia Eirini, tel.: 215 510 1958
10 Panepistimiou St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 360 1272 - www.zolotas.gr
9 Stadiou Ave., Syntagma
tel.: 210 322 1222 - www.zolotas.gr