Santorini's shops are notorious for being tourist-oriented, thus extremely overpriced. whether you are on budget, or just would like to get some basic things like water, olives, cheese, vine, etc., for the affordable price, go to a Champion-Marinopoulos supermarket. it's a modern supermarket (French chain) with great variety of fruits, vegetables, Greek-made and international products.
I've seen two of them in Santorini: one in Emporio (near Perissa Beach) and one in Thira (a bit lower than the bus station).
one in Emporio village is 5 min by bus, or 20 min of leisure walk from Drossos Hotel. Don't confuse with the Big Discount Supermarket located a half way. the latter, though positioned as a discount is still more expensive than the former.
What to buy: local wine: Assyrtiko, Nykteri, Vinsanto (produced by Boutari or Santo Wines) - from 5 euro and up
local brandy: Metaxa - from 17 euro for 7-star to 22 euro for 12-star (Olympian Reserve)
olives: Kalama (5 euro per kilo), capers, feta cheese, etc.
the Big Discount Supermarket sells international products, but also has some variety of fruits and vegetables as well as Greek-made products, eg spices, canned olives, etc.
it also has a good news stand of international newspapers and magazines, as well as basic souvenir selection - calendars, magnets, boxes, etc.
What to buy: local wine: Assyrtiko, Nykteri, Vinsanto (produced by Boutari or Santo Wines)
local brandy: Metaxa 7-star or 12-star (Olympian Reserve)
spices, tea, olives
What to pay: though the store positions itself as a discount supermarket, the prices are slightly higher than in the Champion-Marinopoulos supermarket located down the road (10-15 min walk). so expect to pay around 20% more than in the regular supermarket. it's convenient if you are staying in the center of Perissa and don't want to walk when it's hot.
It not one shop in particular, it's all of them. They are squished amongst each other on tiny cobblestone streets. Ladies have fun, men ... patience please. You've got it all here.
Art, gifts, magnets, playing cards, olive oil soaps, books, local art work, tourist clothing, electronics. Have fun.
What to buy: What not to buy?
What to buy:
I must confess that everywhere I go I love shopping for food and wines and I love groceries and markets.
In Santorini you will see many gold jelllery shops, specially in Fira, but that's a thing I don't care for.
For food items you can buy excellent olive oil ( I bought one from Crete that is delicious), olives and wines ( Santorini wines are famous).
Another thing you will see is sea sponges , less expensive than in other places and many bath and beauty items made from Greek ingredients: olive oil, honey and other natural products.
Before we sailed to the islands Janet and Galatea gently offered us, among other things, some natural beauty Greek products for our trip which are excellent. The brands names are 'Apivita' and 'Korres". I will write a tip on these products in my Athens page.
Greek handpainted pottery is also a lovely gift for you to buy to your friends and family or to buy for yourself.
If it's souvenirs you're looking for, Oia and Fira have plenty of them. Lots of T-shirts, beach towels, beach bags, post-cards, calendars, paintings, prints, you name it. All designed to get you to buy something to bring home or a gift for somebody back home. I bought a 2007 / 2008 calendar with beautiful Santorini views and I bought a "Santorini" beach bag, both useful items.
What to pay: I paid 8 Euros for the beach bag and 4 Euros for the calendar.
What to buy:
I do not remember taking this picture, but it was obviously at the end of a late night drinking session. After I studied it I realised there are some good shopping tips here! What’s in the picture?
• Beer – cheap in the minimarkets here and great if you have a fridge in your room
• Moisturizer! Want to keep that tan? Moisturize daily
• Ouzo!! Available in great bottle shapes for gifts. Tastes horrible, looks good.
• Cigarettes – cheaper here than in most of Europe. Compare prices in the shop vs. Duty Free. Duty Free is not always cheaper!
• Diet coke – not all countries have it! Available easily here
You can find MANOS Pastry Shop on a parallel street, 50 metres away from the Fira (the capital of Santorini) Central Square.Just ask for it!
In Greek: Zaharoplasteio=Pastry Shop
What to buy: Among other sweets of good quality and always fresh, the star is: MELITINIA!
It is a Santorinian sweet speciality and the best period to find them is around Easter.
Melitinia (from the Greek word: meli, meaning honey), are small soft pies made of sweet cheese, flour, sugar and honey.
Do not leave Santorini without trying them!
What to pay: It depends on the quantity you are going to buy, but you should count around 4 Euros minimum.
Natural sponges are found in the waters of Greece....so it's no surprise you get to buy the real thing in Greece and bring it back home and enjoy a great bath with real natural sponges.
Sponges or Poriferans are animals of the phylum Porifera. They are primitive water dwelling filter feeders that pump water through their bodies to filter out particles of food matter. Sponges represent the simplest of animals with no true tissues, lack muscles, nerves, and internal organs. In common usage, the term "sponge" is usually applied to the skeletons of these creatures alone, from which the animal matter has been removed by maceration and washing.
There were quite a number of stalls along the streets of Fira, selling a variety of sponges.
The softer and smoother ones are usually purchased for bathing uses while the coarser ones are reserved for painting and art works.
What to buy: Sponge it all up!
Santorini is full of Jewelery, Art and Craft shops, they are down every street selling expensive goods of all types.
This shop caught my eye as it was so very colourful and sold everything you needed to take back home.
What to buy: Greek sweets, which are like Turkish Delight.
This is the only picture of our driver I can find, plus Ma Kettle of course.
Well worth a visit, as you can sample the wine before buying, and you can spend hours looking at the view.
Highly recommend you do this.
Our driver from Dameia Palace Hotel was wonderful. Great fellow.
After we checked out of the hotel, he took us to meet our ferry, but made a detour first to the place where Vin Santo wine is produced. Vin Santo wine is a sweet dessert wine produced by the tiny sun dried red grapes grown on Santorini. These grapes have very little liquid contained within, but the juice is very sweet, very pure. I have tasted nothing else like it in my life.
The location of this winery is fantastic. As you can see from the picture it over looks a vast blue sea, sitting on top of the steep cliff. Surprisingly, it is located on the main road to the ferry docks. Don't miss it. Great photo op.
What to buy: I bought two bottles of Vin Santo wine, two different vintages, and Ma Kettle and I have sampled just the cheaper bottle to date (twenty two euro). It was wonderful. The other bottle was 27 euro, so we should be in for even more of a treat.
On the main lower road out of Fira toward the airport, but withiin easy walking distance from the bus terminal, is a small ironmonger store and they carry lots of fishing and sports & beach gear, too.
Aimed at a local market, there is no kitch here.
What to buy: Some interesting local fishing eqipment and diving gear.
What to pay: Regular, local price, not a tourit hike-up
My first European haircut, I had here. I have to say that it was an excellent job. In addition to that, the haircutter spoke very good English (probably why the haircut went well), and was able to chat it up with me. The have the usual haircare products, Paul Mitchell if I remember correctly, and do mens and womens hair.
If you're in need, this is a good place for a trim.
What to pay: 12 Euro
All along the main "street" (pedestrian lane) in Oia, there are shops. Some are full of typical tourist trinkets -- T-shirts, magnets, hats, and postcards. But most are full of lovely local (or at least Greek) art and jewelry. If you can, avoid shopping at mid-day when the crowds from the cruise ships throng the narrow lane.
What to buy: There are creative gold and silver earrings, carvings from Greek marble and Santorini volcanic rock, paintings and photographs from Greek artists.
What to pay: There seemed to be items in every price range.
I think Santorini is an island with the most nice shops in Greece! Shops with nice elegant souvenirs, clothes, accessories, local crafts, art things are in all main places in Santorini.
What to buy: Local crafts from Lava, and stone of Santorini, wooden crafts, clothes and accesories ( the most different and unique in Greece, I think,) local food: Fava, wine.
What to pay: expensive prices generally
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