The impressive architecture in Athens, the great delicacies served in Athens restaurants, and even the warm people of Athens are not the only reasons to visit this Greek capital. Shopping in Athens, too make one’s tour extra special with the city’s wide of shopping options.
Cooking? Most of those who visit Athens for at least a week make it a point to drop by the Central Market which is located in Odos Athinas. Open from Mondays through Saturdays from 8am to 6pm, the market is where many locals head to to buy meat, vegetables, and fish among others. You can also take advantage here all of the great bargain prices, such as two sheep’s heads for the price of one. Also, if you are thinking about cooking a Greek cuisine, this is the place to get hold of Greek herbs and spices.
Looking for antiques? Then Athens’ Antiqua is the place to be. Situated just off the Syntagma Square, this shop holds a wide collection of first edition prints of 19th century Athens as well as amber worry beads, silver sword, and ancient coins. It is open from Mondays through Saturdays from 10am through 3pm; they stay open until 6:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays though.
Fashion forward? Drop by Kolonaki. As one of the most posh clothing stores in the city, this is where you’ll easily find the latest and hottest trends in both American and European fashion. Boutiques of famous Greek designers can also be found here. If you are looking for a cute pair of shoes, you can go stop by Tsakalof which many Athenians find hard to resist with their many shoe displays. Just a note for those traveling in a budget, most apparels here are sold at very expensive prices, so if you are not ready to splurge, stick to just doing window shopping.
Bookworm? Eleftheroudakis and Rombos are your best options. Eleftheroudakis has one of the city’s widest selection of books written in the English language and a good CD selection, including that of Greek music. If you are thinking about reading the books right away, you can take a seat in the bookstore’s cafe for your convenience. Rombos on the other hand which is located in Kolonaki specializes in selling English-language books too.
Shopping in Athens will not be boring, thanks to this wide array of choices that will sure suit your needs and taste.