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Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Syntagma & Plaka

Forget Me Not

This impeccable small store stocks supercool design gear, from fashion to housewares and gifts, all by contemporary Greek designers. Great for gift shopping – who doesn't want a set of cheerful 'evil eye' coasters o…
Cosmetics in Syntagma & Plaka

Korres

Most pharmacies stock at least some of this popular natural-beauty-product line, but you can get the full range at the company's original homeopathic pharmacy – at a fraction of the price you'll pay in London or New…
Arts & Crafts in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Centre of Hellenic Tradition

If you like traditional crafts, make this one of your first stops, to see the range and skill of Greek artisans. This organisation collects excellent work and stocks its shop with ceramics, sculpture and handicrafts…
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 weekly market that takes over a street in each big neighbourhood every week. V…
Music in Syntagma & Plaka

Xylouris

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 …
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

Bahar

Evripidou, just south of the central market, 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…
Jewellery in Kolonaki

Katerina Ioannidis

From a family of goldsmiths, Ioannidis merges Greek and other global folkloric elements into jewellery that is light, bohemian, sometimes even a little funny. Think along the lines of a pendant of, say, a gold-plate…
Books in Omonia & Exarhia

Politeia

Large bookstore that occupies four storefronts. While it doesn't have a dedicated English section, it does stock English-language books, filed in the relevant sections. And because it's on the edge of Exarhia, it st…