The shop is located on the port road of Naxos and it sells everything that is produced in Naxos island. Some of the products that you can find is milk, many different kinds of cheese, local drinks like kitro and sweets.
What to buy: You simply can't go back home before you try the local cheese called graviera, it is one of the most famous cheese in Greece and it is well known around the world.
You should also try the local drink called kitro which is made from citron leaves and it comes in 3 different colors and versions, from low alcohol to really strong.
Buy your products from the locals, there is a small farmer market just outside the Chora on the way to Saint George beach, farmer sell vegetables, local fruit like oranges and their home made cheese.
While at Alyko beach I saw a old man (see picture) climbing down the hill overlooking the beach, he went by and I found out he was selling his product, he had excellent goat cheese and delicious fig. That was one of the best snack of the trip.
When strolling in Chora market make sure you check where the souvenirs you are buying are made. Unfortunally it is really hard to find a real Greece made souvenir, at least, if it comes from China, you know that precious vase does not cost 200 euros.
Tle little distillery is situated in the heart of Halki, little village in the middle of the island. You'll find it in the main street. Inside you can find the little family museum, taste different kind of liqueur an buy them.
What to buy: There are 3 kinds of Kitron: green one with clorophylle, orange one with citrus fruits and white plain. They all have the same percentage of alcohol but the taste is different. I just took a bottle of orange one and sipped in the restaurants the white one and I must say I prefer the one orange flavored.
What to pay: Here you'll find all kinds but you will spend a couple of euros more than in suoermarkets like Atlantis. a bottle is about 10-12 euros.
Vallindras is a distillery in the town of Halki. It was established in 1896 and is still run by the same family. We decided to visit the distillery and got a free guided tour with a lovely member of the family.
What to buy: Kitron is a Naxos speciality, made from the leaves of the Kitron tree (which also produces a fruit, the kitron, which they use for marmelade). There are three kinds of Kitron and they have different colours. They are yellow, green and white/clear.
Kitron is hard to find outside Naxos so it makes an excellent souvenir or gift.
What to buy:
Kitron is a liqueur made with the leafs of a fruit similar to the lemon.
There are three kinds of kitron. Taste a bit of each one of these to choose what to buy.
In Chalki; a small village not far fron Naxos-Town there is an old distillery of this liqueur. Why not visit it?
What to pay: I don't know.
I use to buy some local cheeses like graviera, arseniko or ksiromizithra cheese. You will see many places selling cheese at Hora.
There is also a market in Hora(not in sea front) that has many local products like olive oil, beans, origan, walnuts, peppermint etc (see pic 1)
What’s more buy Citron, a liquer very typical in the island (hard to find elsewhere) that comes out of the Citron fruit with similar to lemon flavor. I don’t like its taste too much but the bottles are cute so they are very nice for gifts. You will find a shop with a great variety near the port. (see pic 2)
There are only 2 producers in the whole wide world:
Vallindras and Promponas
The liqueur from Vallindras comes in 3 alcoholic contents, denoted by colour:
30%, 33% and 36%
What to buy: See my Citron introduction for more details.
This potter's place is not far out of Naxos, it is actually a workshop as the pottery is created by the men there. There is also a great display area where there is a great choice of different pottery specific to Naxos. You can see the potter at work and he will also take his time showing you around and selling you some of his things. Enjoyable.
What to buy: I only bought some small bits, but some in the group bought lots of presents and got them sent home to Ireland. There are beautiful and colourful ceramics and also plain clay pots, some in the shape of the ancient pottery found on archaeological sites.
What to pay: You can spend very little, but if you have money you can choose fantastic ceramics and pay accordingly of course.
This place has everything, and it's all cheap. Water, beer, ouzo, cheese, towels, soap, etc. It's just a little supermarket, but it has great stuff, and great prices, especially for being in the center of town.
Walking into Tsimplakis, is a delight to the tastebuds. This is an oldtime shop that features local food products from Naxos. Wine, ouzo, olive oil, herbs, cheeses that are made in their cellar, olives and sweets. It's right in the town of Naxos on the main street. It's great for gifts.
What to buy: olive oil, wine, ouzo, olives, cheese, herbs, etc
There is a big shop where they have all kinds of kitron in the waterfront, close to the main square.
What to buy: Kitron is a liquor made of a special citric grown only in Naxos.
You have 3 kinds:
Green: Much sugar, less alcohol
Yellow: Much alcohol, less sugar
It's hard to find outside Naxos, so buy many bottles if you liked it. You can taste it for free at the shop of the waterfront.
What to buy:
The only thing you can buy in Naxos is Kitron, the local lemon liqueur. You'll find it everywhere, we bought a kitron bottle in a restaurant!
We also found some "Made in Naxos" leather sandals.