I am from Greece originally, but grew up in Spain. Last summer I went for vacation to the island of Santorini and found it magnificent. The reason I am posting this is I would very much like to know this earlier too! Shopping in Santorini was great, I only had a problem with fitting things I wanted to buy in my luggage and as a result I only bought presents for family and friends but couldnt buy things I wanted for myself. I resently discovered a Santorini eShop, I guess the only one excisting (at least I haven't found anything else) where you can find anything!! Plus, I emailed them to ask for a spesific product (a Vinsanto) I couldnt find and they put it up within a week!
What to buy: You will find there anything except from jewellery.. Traditional food, wines, postcards, magnets, guides, even books and artwork..
What to pay: You may spend as little as 8 euros (the shipping expenses to Spain are around 4 euros for something small) and of course depends on the amount of stuff you want to buy.. If you buy like 6 bottles of wine you will definitelly pay more, the prices though as far as I remember are the same as when on the island
Generally shopping on the island is expensive.
If however you are just visiting Santorini and then returning to your country, it is advisable to buy some local things.
If on the other hand you are spending just the day in Santorini, because the island is an expensive and popular destination, prices on certain goods can be found a bit overpriced.
What to buy: Oia on the main street can be considered a bit less expensive to buy souvenirs.
This is an area where tourists are able to pick up a wide range of things, from souvenirs to specialty items only made locally. One of the favorite stores on this street is Replica, where visitors can purchase actual museum replicas. Replica also sells local statues and pottery.
The fertile volcanic soil grows wonderful aromatic tomatina or tiny cherry tomatoes which are renown for their distinct flavour.
Try tomatokeftedes! They often find their way into tomatokeftedes or meatless ‘meat balls’, made with tomatoes, herbs and butter and no meat.
Also try Chloro Fresh Cheese, and don't leave without tasting the local wines. ( A bit sweet for me though)!
One can also find small white eggplants on the island, known as the apple of love.
Try Melitinia cheese pies popular during Easter, and taste Fava in a restaurant.
Santorini has also got some distinct desserts, among them koufeto – a spoonsweet prepared with honey-soaked almonds and is served at weddings.
Apochti is the center loin of pork.
When processed or cured, this pork can be used in recipes several days later. To use it, you have to first clean it and rinse it well under tap water and then sprinkle it with salt and let it stand to drain for 2 hours.
Consequently, you can soak it in vinegar for three days, then strain it and cure it by treating it with ground cinnamon, placing it in a strainer for six hours, then treating it with savory (chopped) and letting it rest for another six hours and finally treating it with a mixture of black pepper and a little cinnamon and letting it rest for another six hours.
When the meat hardens a little after you let it air-dry, you'll know it's ready for use.
What to buy: Ask and taste it in a local restaurant.
This local cheese is of very limited production, and you will not find anywhere else in Greece.
It is a white, creamy cheese with a tinge of sour taste. It's made from goat's milk and can be spread on slices of bread or mixed in the Santorini salad (which also includes cherry tomatoes, rusks, lettuce and anchovies).
Taste it before leaving the island.
The split-peas of Santorini are famous all over Greece. Why is that? Well, first of all, they are delicious when pureed. Plus, they cook pretty fast. The split-peas are a basic ingredient of many other dishes; the yellow puree that you get when you boil them marries really well with tomato sauce, capers, onions, meat, octopus and herbs like mint and parsley.
The split-peas are quite expensive, due to their advantage in cooking, amazing taste and flexibility in a variety of recipes.
Ask for fava at a restaurant! You will love it! Served as you see in the photo I have!
What to buy: Buy one or two packs from local groceries or locals selling them in open markets and cook them when you return home.
They can be given as gift as well to surprise your friends.
The caper buds are unique, offering a piquant taste and freshness even when they are dried. That's why they are so extensively used in the local cuisine of Santorini.
Try them while you are on the island. You will love them.
The caper flowers are the summer 'roses' of the Mediterranean. You can see them hanging from the southern crevices of the Caldera rock and from the white-washed walls of old Cycladic houses.
What to buy: Buy a small jar as a souvenir from the shops of Santorini.
You can offer them as a gift to your friends.
In Santorini, due to its volcanic soil,you can find a lot of "green products" that you can not find in any other islands or in other countries of the world!
A typical local product is: the white aubergines.Normally,we think that aubergines are only mauve, but in Santorini come even in white colour and are simply delicious!
What to buy: White aubergines (eggplants)-Lefkes melintzanes (in Greek)
What to pay: Starting from 5 euros
Much larger then it looks, has lots of everything.
What to buy: Well the chilled wine barrel of course. Red runs 2.7 euros for one liter and about 5.2 for two liters. The white wine costs even less. Self sealing plastic bottles are their and all you do is fill them. I got one liter of red and it was very good, note, it seemed to have a hi alc. content, more then the norm. Oh, I also got some energy drinks, they were 1.4 euros, the lowest I paid elsewhere was 1.9 euros each.
What to pay: I would say this place was a good 25% lower with there prices compared to other shops.
I guarantee you will have loads of enjoyment shopping atop Santorini's many wonderful shops- the Greeks here are very friendly, not just the shop keepers mind you!
You can buy all sorts of souvenirs showcasing local artistic crafts and the prices are so reasonable too! The magnets for instance are just one Euro each, compared to those in Milan, Venice or even at the local shops in Mestre! I had much fun shopping and viewing the whitewashed buildings housing the wonderful array of Greek products- clothes, jewelries, all sorts of souvenir items of reasonable prices! They will even give yo ua discount even if you don't ask, now, that's something!
What to buy: As I said, souvenirs like fridge magnets - colourful and cheap as chips...plus the caps (also one Euro each at the foot of the mountains ( a bit dear on the top, which was surprising!), bags, tops showing Greek style of weaving/laces, etc..
What to pay: Expect one Euro for each magnet, whatever design, trust me! Also one Euro for a souvenir cap that says Santorini, Greece.
There's several little supermarkets around the town where you can get fresh fruit and veg. This one looked the best to me. Everything nice and fresh, well-displayed and I reckon mostly locally-grown.
This is located on a corner off one of the main streets that bisects the town centre from North to South.
What to pay: Prices vary according to availability and are hand marked. As with the fish market you pay by weight.
If you are staying in one of the town's many self-catering apartments this is the place to search out for your fresh fish, pretty much straight off the boats.
This is on the main road going up the hill towards Firostefani.
What to pay: Prices obviously vary depending on the catch but are usually hand-written as Euros per Kilo and you pay according to the weight.
The Mati Art Gallery qualifies as much as a "Thing to Do" as it does a "Shopping" tip. This is a private gallery dedicated to showcasing (and selling) exclusively the work of the Athens-based sculptor Yorgos Kypris.
Yorgos's pieces range from ornately-crafted jewelery to major installations. As a shop Mati aims to provide unique souvenirs for the discerning visitor, as opposed to the kitschy stuff to be found elsewhere on the Island. As to be expected from its location there is a distinct emphasis on the sea, and nature in general, to the artworks and you'll find some interesting examples on the website.
The gallery is much more than just a tourist shop though. You are more than welcome to visit as you would a non-commercial gallery and to share the artist's world-view.
We visited Kamari for the beach and lunch , however there are many shops catering for the tourist. My wife was interested in the shops but as we had hire car for the day I managed to move her along.
The shops looked colourful with loads of attractive merchandise.
What to buy: Typical resort clothes , souvenirs and local crafts.
This little shop has a lovely collection of leather handbags plus leather coats. The owner is very friendly and helpful and will take the time to show you goods without pushing you into buying. I went back three times to look at a bag before I bought one and each time he was friendly. In a lot of shops on the island you can buy fade topmarks Prada and Burberry seem very popular. This shop though has good quality bags.
What to buy: I finally bought a lovely handbag made of patchwork leather with red as the main colour. The leather is made and treated in Tuscany but the bag is made in Greece.
Do remember though that he will give you a discount for cash and you can talk him into a little more discount as well.
What to pay: the shop has a wide range of prices
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