The Plaka District in Athens is the oldest part of the city. The streets are narrow, and to the north they take you to the Acropolis, and to the west the Ancient Agorra. You will find many small shops and boutiques selling Greek souvenirs, and restaurants where you can eat Greek food.
In the boutiques, the owners will almost always automatically speak English. Most of them are fluent in French and Spanish, and then you will meet the odd storeowner who understands only Greek. (And then you'll be communicating with your hands.)
What to buy: **JEWELLARY
In the souvenir shops that sell jewellary, you will notice a lot of silver necklaces, bracelets and rings with a turquoise stone in them. they aren't cheap (I got my necklace for 35 € - it was originally 40 € but I bargained) but they are beautiful, and a special souvenir you'll keep forever. I still wear my necklace.
I also got a bracelet and ring without the turquoise in them... they have the Parthenon symbol in them and are much cheaper. You can find them all over Greece.
I brought back lots of honey, olive oil, and Ozzo that were made in Greece. These are good gifts that are useful to anyone.
**T-shirts with Greek writing on them
I've never seen someone wearing a T-shirt with Greek writing on it, I'm pretty sure Greece is the only place where you can get one. n Athens I was very picky... I wouldn't buy a T-shirt if it said "Athens" on it. It had to be written in Greek, or I wasn't going to buy it.
The average T-shirt, buy the way costed only 6 €
What to pay: It depends..;in the Plaka there are so many different kinds of souvenirs you can get, but mostly they're cheap and a lot of them are just little trinkity things.
My advice about shopping in Athens is that you avoid doing it if at all possible. Everything we saw for sale on the Plaka was considerably more expensive than we saw anywhere else in Greece, including very touristy Santorini. You'd think all the competition would drive prices down a bit, especially with all the jewelry stores on the Plaka, but we found that not to be the case at all. Save your money until you can buy things cheaper on the islands.
What to buy: None.
What to pay: A lot more than you'll spend on the islands.
I love Plaka. I know its touristy. I know its dirty. I know its crazy. Thats why I love it! There isn't anything that you can't buy here. And I love walking around listening to tourists try and bargain for a good deal, and have the locals yell back at them. The place has a certain energy that cn only be found in the heart of Athens, which for me IS Plaka. There are many flea markets and little stores, along with food stalls and restaurants. Its a great place to be at any time of the day, but I prefer it right in the middle of the morning, when everyone still has their energy for argument!
Plaka is a big touristic and historic place. There's a lot of shops selling anything any tourists would love to bring back home.
Like you saw, I put the Plaka district in the tourists trap. Altought the price are generally higher than in other place, Plaka still is a must for everybody visiting athens.
What to buy: Remember that almost every store in athens will have the same things to sell.
What to pay: Only one word can explain this : BARGAIN
The old quarter of Athens offers to the visitor a variety of things to do.
Combine sightseeing with shopping (especially souvenis), lunch or dinner and coffee or drink.
The old neoclassical houses, most of them renovated, will bring you back to the old Athens. when the noise and the traffic jams didn't exist.
Just about anything uniquely Greek you could expect tourists to buy is sold under the shadow of the Acropolis. Special thanks to ORLANDOBR for the photo which is in place of the one I attempted, but foolishly covered the lens with my big fat American thumb.
What to buy: Because I didn't have but so much room in my black carry-on bag for but so many whatnots. The main thing I bought was 33 postcards (I got the other 33 in Naxos).
One of a couple of alleys parallel to Ermou Street in the Pláka district, this is the most well known for souvenir shops.
What to buy: Ouzo (Greek drink), bouzouki (Greek guitar), natural sponges, amphoras (fake ancient Greek vases), olympic memorabilia...
The best shops have the craftsman on hand. I wandered the streets until I found a pair that suited my minimalist taste.
What to buy: I should have bought two pair since I wear them nearly every other day. These sandals are the most comfortable I have owned and it will be a sad day when I am forced to retire them.
What to pay: I paid $15 USD for these little slip on sandals.
Although Ermou is the modern shopping streets, for tourist the action is just south on streets like Pandrossou and Adrianou
What to buy: tourist goods
Definitly Plaka is the best place to make your shopping, souvernis, jewerly, cloth, shoes, leader, you will find everything in Plaka.
What to pay: All the money you want spend it
look at the shops around the plaka . . . there are a lot of things you can see . . . and of course you can buy . . .
What to buy: . . . i found wonderful things . . .
What to pay: a little expensive
What to buy:
Plaka area is most famous area for buying local souvenirs.. plenty of small shops and goods to choose from.. cheaper than those on islands.. I like the rings they sell
What to pay: cash