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    Central Municipal Market: Dimotiki Agora

    by mindcrime Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    I love markets in every city I visit so the Central Municipal Market (Dimotiki Agora) was high on my list from the beginning. It was built in 1913 by the local civil engineer K.Drandakis on the site of the former main Piata Forma bastion and became the central fish and meat market of the town. It was a modern structure for that time and actually opened to the public three days after the union of Crete with Greece.

    It is a long closed structure that houses numerous small stores that happily surprised us as apart from the souvenir stores (some nice ones with good offers by the way) there are still some normal stores where local buy fish, meat, bread, veggies, fruits, herbes etc We passed by more than once and bought bread, koulouri, olives, dried fruits and some herbes

    It’s open monday, wednesday, saturday 8-14.00 tuesday, thursday, Friday 8-21.00, closed on sundays
    Plateia Sofoklis Venizelos

    Central Municipal Market Main entrance back entrance

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    Skrydlof street (Leather Lane) and Betolo street: souvenirs and local crafts

    by mindcrime Written Mar 6, 2015

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    With so many visitors it is no surprise there are dozens of souvenir stores in Chania, two of the most popular streets for this are Skrydlof and Betolo, two parallel streets off Halepa street.

    Skrydlof is also know as the Leather Lane because traditionall y this was always the center of manufacturing of leather goods, for centuries men were buing here their iconic cretan mantili (a black fringed head-scarf), or the stivania (traditional Cretan boots) or the vraka (traditional baggy trousers).

    In our days you can find all these but of course most products are mass production but still good for some nice typical gifts of the island along with wooden souvenirs, glass items etc A local Cretan knife is a typical souvenir too (some stores offer to write something on it) but check also some Jewelry stores with handmade items.

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    INKA market: INKA market

    by mindcrime Written Mar 6, 2015

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    INKA is a chain market that can be found in most big towns of Crete. We used the one at Iroon Polytechneiou as it was just a block away from our room. It was pretty handy for us as it had everything we needed for supplies (local cheese, green, fruits, beers, milk etc).

    As an alternative we used numerous small green stores all over the town or the big Municipal Market of course.

    INKA market

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    Multiple Shops Under One Roof: City Market of Chania

    by painterdave Written Oct 1, 2012

    There is a small parking lot in the back of the city market, and if you are patient you might find a spot. This is difficult, but the wait is worth it as inside the market you will find lots of home made items, crafts, local made foods, shoes, wood decorations, cheeses, bakery items, and more.
    If you are going there in the summer, go early as it gets warm inside.

    What to buy: We found some things to take home for gifts at Christmas.
    Dried Mushrooms, and so many kinds of olives to take back to the hotel for tasting.
    Take a good look at the photos and see the various things available for purchase.
    If you are in Greece you must at least once eat a vegetable called Horta. It is kind of like spinach but I think better. See the photo below of it before it is cooked.

    What to pay: Bit expensive as on the street at the port.

    One of the many aisles Dried Spices Horta Here's Looking At You Olives
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    All Over Crete: Honey By Monasteries

    by painterdave Written Oct 1, 2012

    When you visit a monastery in Crete, and even when you are shopping in a city like Chania you will find honey produced from bees owned by monasteries. This is how they make their living, and if you want to bring a good souvenir home, this might be the way.
    You can see from the photos below, the monks have plenty of bee hives placed in the hills. I am not sure why they are of different colors, but it sure makes good eye candy when you see them.
    These hives were in the hills near Koumares and were owned by the Holy Trinity Monestery. If you want to see something about this place, you can find a tip I wrote on it within the Chania tips.

    What to buy: They also make cheese, icons, and other foods and spices.

    What to pay: The prices are not seemingly high, but reasonable.

    Monastery Honey Boxes Bees' Boxes All Types Of Honey In Crete
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    Along Street At Port: Support Local Crafts!

    by painterdave Written Aug 31, 2012

    Street sellers hope that you will support their efforts and keep alive customs handed down by their ancestors. As you walk along the port edge there will be many sellers, and also when you walk up and down the small streets there will be some nice shops.
    Historical Note....The Streets look like they are Venetian... and they are. You will see a lot of Venetian architecture and design...even the lions, throughout Crete Island

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    Margarita's: Margarita's Fine Art and Jewellery

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 31, 2010

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    We found some wonderful pieces here in Margaritas to take back as gifts for friends. From paintings to jewelery you will find quite an assorted collection here.

    What to buy: The hand made jewelery.

    What to pay: Between US$20-100 or much more, depending on our taste and pocketbook.

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    MIDAS: Greek Jewelry

    by rsleisk Updated Jun 4, 2007

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    Chania is well known for its jewelry and there are many stores. Most of the jewelry for sale is unique and original to this part of the world. I stumbled upon MIDAS and haggled for great deals. Friendly salespeople, good prices, quality selection, highly recommended.

    What to buy: Amber necklaces, rings and bracelets.

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    "AGORA" and "STIVANADIKA": market place and leather goods in Chania

    by angelundercover Updated Feb 24, 2007

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    the Agora( the market) is a stately cruciform structure which shelters 76 shops where the visitor may find almost any local produce or craft. Descending the western stairs of the Agora the visitor finds himself on the commercial road of Mousouron. It is worth wondering thought the neighbouring streets as there are plenty of clothing stores, shoe shops, Jewrely shops ( most can make things to order and repair things) Heading north on Mousouron Street, ( turn left at the bottom of the steps) ends up at the pedestrian street of Skridlof at the "Stivanadika", one of the most touristy streets of Chania. Here the visitor can find a street specializing at leather goods sometimes you can observe the shop owner actually making them. Also there is a good amount or craft and souvenir shops. Turn right at the end of the steet and that will take you to the Venetian harbour. If you turn Left soon you will find a square with a huge church "trimartiri". Its worth goind inside and having a look. Greek churches are heavily decorated with icons , alfrescos and huge chandeliers. The stained windows, burning candles and the smell of frankinsence can create a beutiful tanquil atmosphere. In Greece most of the churches are open most of the day time.It is preferable that you are dressed in a "modest way" ie avoid shorts. however these days are no huge dress restrictions.As you enter you can purchase a candle ( its an honour system) and light it up. Thaditionaly Greeks purchase and light up a candle for each member of the family they need to make a wish for. This is a very popular church for weddings. If you happen to be there on a Sunday afternoon you may be able to observe a Greek wedding!Greek wedding are very ritualistic and they go on for a bit!

    What to buy: In the market you can buy anything you need to cook with. in one arm of the cross are the fresh fish shops, the other all the butchers, the next houses fruit and veg and the 4th is miscelineous!
    There is a toy store a few craft/souvenir stores. In the centre is a kiosk with magazines newspapers,books and postcards.

    At stivanadika , of course you can buy leather goods including a nice a pair of leather sandles!The traditional leather goods in that street are not "overtreated of coloured"...i love them!
    Also there are plenty of crafts and souvenir stores, and last time i was there there was a Jewrely and even a temporary tatoo store!!

    What to pay: Food is reasonably priced. However if you need goods that you cannot find there you may want to go to a supermarket.
    At the stivanadika, crafts and arts shops prices maybe a bit higher in the "tourist months" Essentially their yeartly income comes out of 3-5 months in the year. However if you buy a few things from a store you can ask for a discount! Bargaining in Greece is not quite as some parts of Asia. It is not a long progress of prices thrown around and the price does not drop as significantly.It is better received if for example you say something along the lines of " if i buy all these can you give me a better price"

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    Shop in Sifaka: Traditional Cretean Knives

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    Knives are very important in Cretean culture. Now they are treated as symbols, tourist attraction. You can buy an almost-traditional Cretean knife in any tourist shop but if you want to get something special and really original, go to Sifaka. Here you'll be able to see thousands of different knives made by local craftsman who has been making knives for years.

    What to pay: Prices vay - from reasonable to quite unreasonable ones.

    Sifaka

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    Town Market: Seafood from Town Market

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    Every time I visit Chania I go to town market to tase delicious local seafood specials in one of those shops.

    Here you can either buy fresh fish or ready meal. Food is also served on the spot. Should you wish to get yourstlf the freshest seafood in Crete

    Fresh fish and not only that :)

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    Town Market: Fresh Meat

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    Fresh meat is available in town market daily. As far as I noticed, the market closes at about 4 or 5 PM so bear that in mind. I'm semivegetarian so there's not much I can tell about the quality and selection of meat offered in those stalls. Just have a look - can this be bad meat? I don't think so...

    Fresh Meat

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    Multiple shops in Skridloff: Leather from Skridloff

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    Skridloff in Chania is famous for leather products made on the spot. Get yourself an 'almost original' top-brand belt or very comfortable leather slippers.

    Leather Slippers from Skridloff
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