At Themistokleus Str(between Panepistimiou and Akadimias Avenues, 1’ from Omonoia Square) you will find many shoe stores with a big collection of shoes, especially sport shoes, for walking etc Many of the stores have football tshirts etc
At Monastiraki you will also find a lot of shoe stores and especially those sandals that a lot of tourists love (but I hate…)
Women will probably love Ermou Street, the most expensive street for shopping in Athens although there are some low cost stores like Glue, Zara etc
Some good districts for high class shopping is Glyfada and Halandri.
Close to Syntagma square, at Stadiou street you will find Attica, a huge nice building full of shopping stores that some women will stuck for hours!
There are also some stores that offer clothes of the previous season in better prices:
I’ve been some times to FACTORY OUTLET (Pireos 76) but there are some more:
STOCK HOUSE (Earos 2, Agia Paraskevi) for female clothes of the previous season
TAGS (Pentelis Avenue 103, Halandri) for male/female clothes
BUBBLES (Agiou Georgiou 4, Lourou square, Halandri or Aharnon 325, Agios Elefterios)
SHOP & TRADE OUTLETS(Mesogion Avenue 10)
EMPOLI OUTLET(Ifigenias 73, Nea Ionia)
EMPORI OUTLET (Konstantinoupoleos 35)
ARTISTI ITALIANI (Thivon 281)
BALOON (M.Alexandrou 10-12, Dafni)
MARKET (Axarnon 44) they have signs with prices from 5-7 euros
EURO OUTLET CENTER (Petroupoleos 41, Ilion or Vouliagmenis 47, Elliniko)
Finally there are some stores with second hand stuff:
SECOND HAND SHOPPING(Perikleus 50&Rombis 17)
YESTERDAY’S BREAD(Kalidromiu 87-89) a lot of clothes and shoes from Europe
NEW AMERICAN MARKET(Athinas 30 or Ermou 48, 10th floor)
AMERIKANIKI AGORA 2 (Sofokleous 19)
TROCK (D.Soutsou 39, Ampelokipoi)
Athens International Airport has a range of duty free shops (international flights only) located in the boarding area. The boarding area is split up between the Intra Schengen and the Extra Schengen areas. (The Intra Schengen area is the area for flights to countries in Europe that have signed the Schengen Agreement. The Extra Schengen is the area for flights to countries that have not signed the Schengen Agreement.)
Gift shops are also to the fore throughout all areas of Athens International Airport. Here are just some of the retail outlets available:
* Korres Toiletries Departures, public area
* Swatch Swiss watches Departures, public area
* Amadeus Gifts Departures, public area
* Metropolis CD, DVD Departures, public area
* Accessorize Fashion accessories Departures, public area
* Optical Papadiamandopoulos Optician, sunglasses Departures, public area
* Reebok Sports gear Departures, public area
* The Cartoon Store Toys Departures, public area
* Presspoint Newspapers, tobacco Departures, public area
* Bag Stories Bags, suitcases Departures, public area
* Tie Rack Ties, scarves etc. Departures, public area
* Esprit Fashion Departures, public area
* Monsoon Fashion Departures, public area
* Presspoint Newspapers, tobacco Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Travel Value Shops Perfumes, cosmetics Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Eletheroudakis Bookstore Books Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Longchamp Leather goods Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Boss-Hugo Boss Men’s fashion Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Travel Value Shops Jewellery Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Hermes Silk scarves, ties Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Bulgari Exclusive brands Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Mastiha Shop Mastiha based products Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Swatch Swiss watches Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Massimo Dutti Fashion Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Travel Value Shops Gifts Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Travel Value Shops Spirits, tobacco Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Travel Value Shops Perfumes, cosmetics Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Germanos Mobile phones Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Travel Value Shops Greek delicatessen Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Nautica/Timberland Fashion Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Diesel Fashion Intra Schengen, passenger area
* Germanos Mobile phones Arrivals, public area
* Chocoland Brand chocolate Arrivals, public area
* Metropolis CD, DVD Arrivals, public area
* Pharmacy Arrivals, public area
* The Flowers Club Flowers, cards Arrivals, public area
* Presspoint Newspapers, books Arrivals, public area
In the Extra Schengen Passenger Area you can find about six Travel Value & Duty Free Shop outlets with each a different range of goods while outside of this area there are two outlets of Duty Free/Travel Value. Besides these there is one outlet of Germanos and one newspaper stand called Eletheroudakis.
What to buy: Metaxa, Ouzo, Leonidas Chocolates, Olive Oil.
What to pay: Shop Prices
Everywhere in Athens, if you are hungry or thirsty you can find a street seller that will help you feel better. They are usually old people trying to find a way to gain some money. They sell fruit, nuts, dryed fruit and often nuts brittles.
What to pay: Few euros.
This was the oldest ldistillery in Athens, lately the owner changed but the athmosphere here is still great. They have all the different traditional Greek liquors and if you are afraid to break the bottles flying home they also have metal canister.
The different colors bottle they have make it an interesting plave, their bar is comfortable and perfect to taste all their different speciality!
What to buy: Ouzo, Raky, Cytron and all the other Greek liquors specialty.
I read about this old sandal's shop in my Athens' guide book, I searched a lot for it but the book had the old address on it so I can't find it while in Athens. When I came back i search on the net... yes, I know, I should have done it before!!! and I find out he moved to a new address!
I am so sorry I miss to meet him, I was very interested in his work, both poems and sandals.
I hope I will have the opportunity to go back in Athens and this time, I will check the address in time!
What to buy: Sandals! This man built sandals for celebrity and he is a famous artist and poet.
I was searching for the Mellissinos shop that was supposed to be at Pandrossou srt 89 but I find out after my coming home it moved a couple of years ago. Walking down the street i found this very little shop full of only traditional Greek sandals. The lady who own it speak a good english and have been very nice and helpful. I encourage you to buy your sandals in this kind of old traditional shop, sure they doesn't look shiny and clean like the modern one, but they keep the old traditions alive and this is VERY important!!
What to buy: Sandals of every shape and colors, with leather on botton or also with rubben. This is real traditional Greek sandals, they don't come from China.
What to pay: 15-25 euros every pair.
I found this little tiny shop strolling in Plaka neighboorhod. What first attracted me was the huge old camera they have on show! it is really antique and very well kept. They have some antiques to buy and also many handmade souvenir very nice and well done. The owner is helpful and not oppressive and she will be glad to help you decice what to brought home or give to your friends and relative.
What to buy: Well.. the huge camera is maybe too expensive, but the handmade souvenir are all good and sure you will find something you like.
Stavros Melissinos was sandal maker to the stars, the Beatles among many others made calls to get custom made leather sandals. Stavros is now quite elderly and his just as able son is now in charge of the shop. The sandals come in a variety of styles for you to choose from. One can imagine Plato, or Alexander the Great wearing very similar sandals. I got myself a pair but never catch myself wearing them, at least they made a cool souvenir. Each pair costs about 25-30$
If you are a rocker/metalhead/gothic or whatever you can try to shop at TOPMAN, a store that sells a lot of typical black tshirts with logos of rock bands (Motorhead/Iron Maiden/Led Zeppelin/Soulfly etc), boots, allstar shoes, and some strange things for decoration like bedside lamps with fairies (see pic 2).
Of course if you walk further into Ifestu street you will see a lot of stores with this kind of tshirts. Watch out for the quility though because many times they dont sell the official ones...
All over Athens/Pireus (and Greece in general) you will see a lot of Red Stores, the official stores of Olympiakos FC selling merchandise of the most popular team in Greece.
The small one at Ifestou Street in monastiraki will be probably the one you’ll pass through. You can buy several different tshirts (of course the official one of the season is always the most popular and most expensive) and other things like shoes, beach towels, cups etc
For further investigation about Olympiakos FC (yes, it’s my favorite team! ha!) you can visit the one at Karaiskaki Stadium(subway stop:Faliro). There you can see the Olympiakos Museum with a collection of cups in many sports (football/basketball/volleyball/water polo etc etc), photos etc
Next to Omonoia Square, you don’t have to worry if you are out of tape/dvd or whatever for your camera etc I buy all my recordable discs here many years now and I think its one of the cheapest in Athens also.
I stopped by a toy store in the better part of town to get some Matchbox police sets for my collection. I didn't think of taking a photo when I was there, so I had to rely on my friend AndyRG to take the photo for me. Thanks, Andreas. The shop was nice and air-conditioned and the lady who tended to me seemed educated and spoke nearly flawless English.
You can find many great souvenirs at the markets in Athens. We spent almost an entire day just walking around this area and buying things to take home.
What to buy: You'll know when you get there. They have a lot of great local items to purchase.
What to pay: They didn't seem open to bargaining. My friend tried. She walked away from the offer she made when it was turned down. She ended up returning about 10 minutes later because she wanted the item so much. You can expect to spend what the price tag says.
This tip will probably most useful to American visitors. There are a lot of drugs that you can get in Greece the counter, that you would normally need a prescription for in the states. For example, Codeine, which if you've never had it before, gets rid of a cough immediately and lets you sleep nicely at night lol, you can buy this right over the counter at any pharmacy in Greece. In the states you need a prescription for Codeine.
So stock up. lol
What to buy: Codeine
What to pay: less than 10 euros
There are so many more flavors of olives then the pimento stuffed green olives that we suffer with outside of olive growing cultures. The flavors range from spicy to mild, salty to sour; the colors range from bright green to brown, to black. Olives play a central role in Mediterranean cuisine. Try as many varieties as you can. Many vendors will mix a kilo for you.
What to buy: A mix of Olives
What to pay: 2 to 5 Euros per kilo
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