What I loved most about shopping in Greek shops and markets, is the complete freedom you have.
There is no "Take off your backpack". No security guards. No employees following you to make sure you don't steal anything. No one asks for your ID, or cares about your age. I saw a 7 year old girl buy cigarettes. There is no age limit for alcohol purchase, and NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, YES SERVICE! I saw a guy come in with nothing but a speedo, and I saw girls shopping in bikinis and thongs.
Definitely recommend it. Much better than American stores.
What to buy: Figures of Greek gods, traditional hats and pottery, Greek jewelry, Greek sandals, traditional clothing, worry beads, bouzoukis, Greek music CDs, icons, metaxa, Greek wine, Greek olives and olive oil, Greek spices, feta, sea food.
Hondos Center is one of the largest department stores not only in the city of Athens but also in the whole of Greece. They have many branches throughout the city as well as throughout the country. Hondos Center at Omonia Square is their flagship's department store with 11 floors of shopping spaces. A cafeteria is located on the rooftop for customers to chill out.
Wide range of items and household goods are available at Hondos Center, ranging from books to home accessories, watches to leather goods, cosmetics to travel accessories, men's and women's clothings to skin care products, CDs and DVDs etc. Take the opportunity to visit this flagship department store when you are at Omonia Square in the city of Athens.
What to buy: Men's and women's clothings, leather goods, CDs and DVDs are our favourite items to purchase from Hondos Center.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable as you will expect from a department store.
Thissio is the place to shop whenever you are fed up with Athens Flea Market! Furthermore it is not far from Monastiraki Square. Athens Flea Market closes a little bit early whereas Thissio Sunday markets close a little bit late, usually as late as 3.00 p.m. Buyers and visitors can buy almost anything from the Sunday open-air markets in Thissio, ranging from shoes to clothings, jewelries to watches, CDs, DVDs to leather goods and even glass and porcelains. If you are lucky you may even find some antiques and local crafts selling here.
What to buy: We bought some Greek music CDs and DVDs.
What to pay: We consider the items among the cheapest in the markets anywhere else in the city.
Athens Flea Market is located at Monastiraki Square. It is the place where foreign tourists look for inexpensive local crafts, gifts, souvenirs and antiques. The area is crowded especially during weekends. Sunday is the best day to visit Athens Flea Market where the market is the biggest in terms of buyers and sellers.
What to buy: We will recommend antiques and local craft.
What to pay: Hard to say whether the price is cheap or not. You are able to bargain. It depends on your bargaining power.
Like every touristic place near the sea,here in Greece you can find any kind of gifts for your loved one...souvenirs,clothes,jewelry,shoes,books,antiques.....The shops are open until late night hours so all you need is money and good shopping mood :))
The local markets in Greece are, like in most countries, very nice places.
Always full of life and good bargains.
Most big cities have one and they are good places to get some fresh food at a resonable price.
What to buy:
What to buy in Greece? What else: Postcards! Also i like very much postcards like many more other here in virtualtourist. In my room all the wall have postcards from many places in the world.
What to pay: About 30 sents the one postcard
According to a local tradition we stopped at an icon workshop that makes and sells icons. Here we saw how the Icons are still made in a slow, painstaking traditional way.
I’ve bought an icon with Certificate and Commitment for quality. It says that this copy is a precise copy of old Byzantine Icon on canvas with authentic angiography colors, inalterable in time. Made of pure silver 925˚, worked by traditional artisans.
It’s free for exportation.
It cost 260€ at a discount of 40%.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Kalambaka-Meteora on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39º 42' 1.62" N 21º 38' 17.12" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kalambaka Icons Work-Shop.
You may watch my 2 min 28 sec VIDEO-Clip Kalambaka Icons Workshop out of my VT-Tube or Greece Kalambaka Icons Workshop out of my YouTube with popular Greek music.
A nice souvenir shop situated on the distance of 2 kilometers from the Sanctuary. Our bus has made there a half-hour stop.
While other tourists went shopping I used this time to admire gift goods which almost all in some extent connected with ancient and mythological Greece.
If I had a giant suitcase and a huge house with a plenty of rooms, cupboards, wardrobes, bookcases and shelves, I would buy much what I have seen in this shop. But as the place in a suitcase is limited, my apartment in Moscow is rather small, and shelves are filled by souvenirs from the previous trips, I have refrained from purchases.
You may watch or even only listen to the music out of my 1 min 54 sec VIDEO-Clip Epidaurus Souvenir Shop out of my YouTube channel.
The visit to the shop has begun with small cognitive excursion. A local master has shown us manufacturing techniques of a clay vase. Our guide Konstantin has very fascinatingly told us how these vases had been painted and pictured, what figures and form of a vase or a cup mean.
Some tourists tried to work with a potter's wheel and produced a vase of their own. A boy was very glad when he took his own crooked vase. I think impressions about this pottery will be remembered for a long time.
You may watch my 2 min 22 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Pottery and Ceramics Shop Konstantin out of my YouTube channel.
In all the places I went in Greece, with the exception of religious type things (meteora wins that one) Rhodes had the best deals and variety of touristy type items. So if you're planning on doing some buying, maybe wait till you get to Rodos, Rhodes, until you do so.
Not all craftwork in Greece is mass produced in factories. Hand-made creations by traditional artisans maintain a high standard and a remarkably low price. Styles in wood carving, fabrics, lace and embroidery obviously differ considerably from north to south and from the islands to mountain villages on the main land. The major cities and towns have craftwork from all over the country. It is a good idea to look at the range and price of goods there to compare with what you might find in villages like Krista or Anogia in crete (Lace and Embroidery) or Metsovo in Epirus (wood carving).
In any case, the first stop before you go out to buy anything should be the folk art museums where you will see the best of regional production. Most museums will also have excellent shops with knowledgeable assistants to advise you, though the range of goods may not be as wide as you will find in bazaars and specialist shops.
While driving around look out for roadside Karamika (pottery shops), jewlers and local produce for some great bargains.
I suppose Furs are not really the thing you think of buying on a Greek Summer holiday, but there are some real bargains to be had in Mink, Chinchilla, Red Fox, Squirrel, Stone Martin and Persian Lamb. Hats, Coats stoles capes and patchwork bed quilts are made up from imported pelts hand sewn in northern Greek towns like Kastoria. Take a look at the range in Athens (around Syntagma) or Thessaloniki (along Odos Egnatia) although prices in Kastoria are unbeatable, especially in Summer.
When your in Greece you will probably go out on a 'Greek night' see the dancers wearing traditional costumes or if your really lucky while your out adventuring in the mounains you might just come across a sheperd wearing traditional clothes, things like this make great memories and photo's but when your shopping for things to take back home remember that the Folk look looks much better on Greek folk. At best,take home a fishermans sweater, a pair of sandles or homemade boots (especialy from Archangelos on Rhodes).
As far as Leather goods go, like anywhere you get what you pay for and some of the mediocre workmanship on leather luggage does not justify the vast displays it commands at every resort in Greece. If you want Quality leather coats and bags look out for the exclusive shops and expect to pay some considerable sums for it.
When you go walking through a Greek town, even if it is only to do some window shopping take a bag along with you. As you pass a market or corner grocer, how can you resist the many olives, pickles, dried meats and fish, cracked wheat and other grains or the nuts, beans, dried fruits (especialy figs, Raisins and apricots), Herbs, spices and chocolate, Ouzo drenched fig cake wrapped in vine leaves? Honey to add to some greek Yoghurt or some of that delicious Greek Delight
What to buy: .
Almonds - amigdala
Apricots - verikoka
Capers - kapari
Cracked wheat - pligouri
Dates - chourmas
Figs - sika
Honey - meli
Olives - elies
Peaches - rodakino
Peanuts - fistikia arapika
Pistachios - fistikia eginis
Raisins - stafida sultanina
Walnuts - karidia
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