Athens shopping

Top Choice Market in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Varvakios Agora

This huge old wrought-iron market hall is dedicated to fish and meat, especially row upon row of lamb carcasses, hanging in just-barely-EU-compliant glass cases. (Another holdout: big wooden butcher blocks.) Across …
Top Choice Market in Omonia & Exarhia

Exarhia Weekly Market

With rowdy traders working against lovely neoclassical buildings, this is one of the most atmospheric renditions of the laïki agora, the market that takes over a street in each big neighbourhood one day a week. Visi…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Syntagma & Plaka

Forget Me Not

This impeccable small store (well, two shops, one upstairs and one down around the corner) stocks supercool gear, from fashion to housewares and gifts, all by contemporary Greek designers. Great for gift shopping – …
Top Choice Design in Syntagma & Plaka


This cute shop has a tightly curated collection of souvenirs and travel gear. Get your hand-stamped 'φλανέρ' (that’s 'flâneur' spelled in Greek) notebooks and your feta-tin patches and pins here. Even stocks vinyl b…
Cosmetics in Syntagma & Plaka


Many pharmacies stock some of this popular line of natural beauty products, but you can get the full range at the company's original location, where it grew out of a homeopathic pharmacy.
Music in Syntagma & Plaka


Set in an arcade with several other music shops, this treasure trove is run by the family of legendary Cretan composer Nikos Xylouris. They can guide you through the comprehensive range of Greek music, as well as a …
Food & Drinks in Syntagma & Plaka


There are plenty of shops in Athens selling Greek traditional foods, but this one is notable for its scale and scope. 'Everything for the Mediterranean diet,' as the shop's full name attests, includes Santorini cape…
Market in Kolonaki

Kolonaki Weekly Market

Most Athens neighbourhoods have a weekly laïki agora, a street market for fruit, veg and household miscellany, and Kolonaki's is a good one. Leafy Xenokratous is blocked off to traffic from Friday morning to early a…
Food in Monastiraki & Psyrri


Just south of the central market, Evripidou is Athens' traditional street for spices, a couple of highly aromatic blocks of Mediterranean herbs and imported seeds, barks and other wonders. Bahar is just one of half …
Jewellery in Kolonaki

Elena Votsi

Votsi is renowned for her big and bold designs using exquisite semiprecious stones. So sculptural is her work that she was selected to design the 2004 Olympic Games medals, and she has branched out into handwoven ba…