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    Where to shop in Athens

    by Lilasel Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    The most important shopping spots in Athens:

    Kolonaki

    If you’re a designer clothing fanatic, this historical upper-class area is the place for you. Giorgio Armani and Gucci, DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger.

    Monastiraki/Plaka

    In the narrow streets of these neighbourhoods that criss-cross around the base of the Acropolis there are many cafes and tourist shops-selling sponges, pots of honey, leather bags and sandals, bags of oregano, Athens2004 memorabilia etc.

    Ermou street

    This is Athens’ equivalent to London’s Oxford str or New York’s Fifth Avenue. On this bustling high street a number of multinational chains are represented, including Marks&Spencers, Zara, Mango, NafNaf etc. There are also dozens of shoe shops.

    Kifissia

    If you get a chance to escape out of the center, take the train or bus up to leafy Kifissia, a northern suburb where rich athenians used to build magnificient summer houses. Stroll around on the wide pavements, have a light lunch at one of the expensively furbished cafes and make sure you take the time to visit the shops.

    Glyfada

    Down on the shores of the Saronic gulf, Glyfada is an entirely different proposition. Most of the shops are situated along a wide, Miami-style promenade lined with shopping malls (Glyfada is the only place in Athens where malls survive). In between browsing, pop into To Bakaliko Ta Kala (Giannitsopoulou&Kyprou str), a tempting deli full of traditional Greek eats just as yiayia used to make, to enjoy a bite of lunch. Before leaving, stock up on traditional eats (olives, chesses etc) from the capacious tubs to take the tastes of Greece home with you.

    What to buy: Delicacies to take from Athens:

    The pure, fine thyme honey of the region of Attiki is considered the best in the world. Buy also rigani (oregano) and thymari (thyme).

    Kifissia by AndyRG

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    Red Store: OLYMPIAKOS FC

    by mindcrime Written May 27, 2008

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    All over Athens/Pireus (and Greece in general) you will see a lot of Red Stores, the official stores of Olympiakos FC selling merchandise of the most popular team in Greece.

    The small one at Ifestou Street in monastiraki will be probably the one you’ll pass through. You can buy several different tshirts (of course the official one of the season is always the most popular and most expensive) and other things like shoes, beach towels, cups etc

    For further investigation about Olympiakos FC (yes, it’s my favorite team! ha!) you can visit the one at Karaiskaki Stadium(subway stop:Faliro). There you can see the Olympiakos Museum with a collection of cups in many sports (football/basketball/volleyball/water polo etc etc), photos etc

    RED STORE, official merchadise of Olympiakos FC Olympiakos' stores

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    KASSETEMPORIKI.: cd/dvd/tapes/mdv

    by mindcrime Written Feb 16, 2008

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    Next to Omonoia Square, you don’t have to worry if you are out of tape/dvd or whatever for your camera etc I buy all my recordable discs here many years now and I think its one of the cheapest in Athens also.

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  • Shopping in Athens 1

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    The busiest shopping street of Athens is the pedestrian-only Ermou, off Syntagma Square, where shoppers can pick up the season's latest souvenirs, clothing and accessories. The most upmarket shopping district in Athens is nearby Kolonaki, where designer boutiques (such as the Italian Versace and the newest Greek talent Eleftheriades) rub shoulders with coffee shops and chic restaurants. This area includes Tsakalof, one of the most expensive streets in the world. Thankfully, Athens has not adopted mall culture and no massive retail emporiums taint the city's shopping scene. The city's best bookshop is the vast seven-storey Eleftheroudakis on Panepistimiou street, which stocks an excellent selection of English-language fiction, non-fiction and travel guides.
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    There is a long tradition of silver and gold craftsmanship in Athens and jewellery made here can be of a particularly high quality. Jewellers are concentrated in chic Kolonaki, with the expensive international outlets, such as Bulgari, lining Voukourestiou, while up-and-coming Greek designers, such as Elean Votsi, have shops in the surrounding side streets. Byzantino (chosen to create the Official Olympic jewelry for Athens 2004) is worthwhile visiting at 120 Adrianou in Plaka.

    Other good-value items include spirits, ceramics and leather goods. Typical Greek gifts include hand-woven rugs, known as flokati, copper coffee pots, virgin olive oil and honey, all of which can be found in the souvenir shops in Plaka. In Athens, there is a big market in reproductions of museum pieces and religious icons. The best places for visitors to buy these are at the shops in the museums themselves.

    Byzantino - Plaka
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    by janbeeu Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    In the Monastiraki area, on the edge of Plaka, shops sell everything from combat army boots and second-hand books to fake designer sunglasses and ancient coins. Shops open out directly onto the street, bazaar style, while Sundays bring the Monastiraki Flea Market, 08:00 to 14:00, where goods range from carefully restored antique furniture to rather dubious bric-a-brac. Kentriki Agora (Central Market) is housed in a huge 19th-century metal structure near Omonia Square and is open early morning to early evening, often taking a break for siesta during summer, selling fresh fish, meat and fresh produce. Smaller markets radiate out from the central building. Household items, fresh fruit and vegetables are sold weekly in Laiki (People?s Markets) all over Athens.

    Shops generally open Monday and Wednesday 09:00 to 14:30, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 09:00 to 13:30 and 17:30 to 20:30 and Saturday 09:00 to 15:00. Small, family-run shops may stay open as late as 22:00, for the sale of food, drinks and newspapers. Bargains can be snapped up at the sales in August and February. Haggling is standard practice in the tourist areas of Athens and is essential in order to avoid paying extortionate prices.

    Visitors from outside the European Union who have been in Greece for less than three months can claim back VAT of up to 18% on purchases over 120 Euro. A tax-free cheque will be issued in the shop to be presented along with the receipt to customs when leaving the county. Global Refund (www.globalrefund.com) can provide more information.

    Monastiraki flea market
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    My store:: Jenny

    by JennysTravels Written Jul 10, 2007

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    Ok so this is not really a tip. But I thought it was cute. I once found a bar in Hamburg, Germany named Jenny's.

    :)

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    The Market: Lycabatus Hill

    by Steve-H Written Jul 10, 2005

    Steff loved the oranges too. We were followed Down the hill by a stray dog, thats him having a stretch in the background.

    Steff loves oranges
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