Central market, Athens
You cannot miss this tiny little corner 3X3 shop!
It is in Athinas street and you can buy Greek herbs like origan, basil, cinamon, paprika,
lavender, and Greek herb tea.
I always buy things from here, and they are always fresh and very cheap.
This little shop is found in Athinas Street. Watch out you will see the guy and I am sure you cannot miss it! It is a corner little shop!
You can see how small it is from the photos!
If you want to buy snails you can get some from Athinas street.
Of course you have to wash them and leave them in a net for at least 5 days.
Spread some pasta or quaker oats for them to eat.
I buy from this area and they are really very good.
Shopping in Athens can be fun.
You can find anything you wish for, and it can be fun during spring time when the trees are in blossom.
Shopping in Athens is really interesting because you can buy anything you like, depending on the area and the shop you choose to go to.
The big malls are indeed interesting but you can also find street sellers ( I am not fond of them) that sell bags, scarfs, shirts, ....anything.
Lately, people who come to Athens (and in Greece in general) who admit that they can buy things for good value. There are shops that have discounts of more than 50 or 60%.
The Greek Tsoureki is very popular in Greece.
In the past all women used to bake them at home, but nowadays not many women have time to bake at home because most of them are working.
They can be found in confectionery stores and bakeries.
In Greek:say: tsoo-REH-kee
This version of tsoureki, a sweet egg bread, is simpler than other versions because it doesn't call for some of the hard-to-find ingredients in more traditional loaves - and it produces a delicious result. Tsoureki may be best known as an Easter tradition, but it's a delightful sweet bread often served as a dessert bread, breakfast bread, or snack.
Kiosks in Athes can sell anything.
Even flags! In every blog you will come across a kiosk.
Of course they are very popular, and one can buy cigarettes, gum, glasses, leather belts, sun glasses, hats, bags, ....really anything!
The chocolates coming from Belgium are very popular even in Greece.
I had a look on a shop window the other day, and they were selling for 35 euro a kilo!
They are tasty, beautiful....but do they have to be so expensive???
I just wonder
What to pay: I believe they are quite expensive. I have tasted them once when in Belgium but I don't die for them!!! I can buy Greek chocolates which are just as good and pay so much less!
Varvakeios Agora is the Central Market of Athens, located between Omonoia and Monastiraki square (5’ walk from Monastiraki)
I always take my guests there and they seem to get excited wandering among this big market which we the locals go when we want to buy fresh (and usually cheap) food. There are countless halls with meat (pics 1-3), but the vegeterians must kept away from here, check my pics, this will be like hell for you :)
There is also a big part of the market with all kinds of fishes(pic 4), I always get confused, I cant really choose with such variety.
Come here for the atmosphere, even if you don’t want to buy anything. At the other side you find fresh fruits by the way but also greek spices and herbs (pic 5), try some local tea(you will thank me for this), local sweets, cheeces etc
It gets packed on Saturday morning but also (as expected) just before big feast days. During Christmas or Easter period the Central Market is the big thing, even the news broadcasts the prices of the meat here!
The market is open Monday to Saturday 8.00-17.00
A very large outdoor market in Rafina town which takes place 3 to 4 times a week or more. Enquire at the Rafina town hall. It sells food and produce, crafts,cheap sporting clothes and goods, and various antiques plus flowers and plants.
What to buy: Food and produce and anything else.
The Central Market in Athens is primarily meat and fish and it is a carnivore’s wonderland. Most of the vendors specialize, handling pork, goat, beef, innards, poultry or fish. The fish section is in the middle and closes earlier then the meat and poultry sections. Fresh fruits and vegetables are across Athena Street from the main part of the market. The area surrounding the market is packed with specialty shops. Oh the fun I could have with this market and a kitchen near by.
What to buy: Everything if you have a kitchen. Fresh fruits and nuts for those of us without a ktichen.
What to pay: Food is not expensive in Greece. The freshness and quality make it an excellent value.
Exactly next to the meat market, is the smelly fish (ixthopoleo) market! Don't go in wearing your new expensive shoes, because regardless of the smell, the fishmongers are always cleaning their stalls and floor with clean water. I suppose one should expect there to be water...where there is fish!
Again, the best prices can be found just before closing time, but perhaps, 'he who hesitates is lost,' here. So, if you want the best, the biggest (?) the freshest fish, go early!
What to buy: Anything that moves and is alive in the sea, can be bought here. From octopodi to oysters and lobster, to squid and little fishes for you sizzling frying pan. How about a nice red 'Skorpios' or fresh 'Bakalarios' for a big tasty pot of Fish Soup! My favourite! As me for my fish soup recipe if you like. Better yet, come on over and I will cook for you if you bring the Ouzo!
What to pay: Less than the local Fishmonger, but perhaps more than the chicken next door!
All Authentic Athenians have shopped at this famous market at least once in their lives, and probably at least twice a year. The most popular time for shopping here is just before a big feast day, for obvious reasons. Customers shop here for the lowest prices especially when they are planning to have a big table set for many guests. This happens at Christmas time, New Years and most importantly, at Easter. Just before these holidays, you will see slots on the daily news broadcasts, reporting the prices of meat in the Central Market along with the usual interview of shoppers. For the past 20 or so years, the same things have been reported...'too expensive, too expensive!' This year, 2005, for the first time ever, prices have reportedly gone down from last year! Has the Greek market hit its' peak! I for one, certainly hope so. Nevertheless, God forbid the Greek not to have their huge festival meals of 'Galopoulou,' (Turkey) or 'Arni' (Lamb)!
What to buy: Meat, meat and more meat! Not a pleasant sight for Vegetarians! So, if you were looking for broccoli or brussel sprouts, stay away from here! The only non-meat item, may be the apple stuck in the pigs mouth!
What to pay: Shop around, look at the prices, pay by the kilo. Prices will usually be less nearer to closing times.
The Central market sprawls over a few blocks between Omonia and Monastiraki squares. Primarily a fresh food market a pedestrian mall on Eolou street behind the market contains many restaurants and stores
If you continue from Monastiraki square down Athinas street towards Omonia - when you get to Evripidou street you will find yourself at the Athens Market.
Do go in the morning! That's the time to be there. It's a whirling hussle but lots of fun and a reminder that the true wonders of Athens may not be in the dead past but in the very alive present!
There is a meat market, a fish market and across the street you will find the fruit and vegetable market.
The Fish market is my favorite part. Wear shoes. The ground is kind of wet and fishy. Wander around and look at all the fish, some fresh, some frozen, and listen to the voices of the merchants as they call out their prices.
If you go in summer, go early. (They close by late AM anyway.) Moreover, the halls are not air conditioned and the scent can become overwhelming by later in the AM. The best way to said is "polyodorous"!!!
What to buy: You can find every fishs that lives in the water around greece.
A feast of aromas and flavors... Everything from the strong and aggressive taste of pastrami to the finest scents of the most strange and exotic spices...
Skip the meat market if the site of raw meat hanging from hooks upsets you. Although it's a real spectacle to watch the butchers advertise their meat.
What to buy: Spices and herbs, pure olive oil by-products like soap bars, dried fruit or nuts
What to pay: cheap