Shop till you drop in Athens

Greece, Athens Guide (A): Shop till you drop in Athens

Are you ready to shop 'till you drop? Athens is the place to be; whether you're looking for the latest fashions, accessories, wholesale items or sensational souvenirs, this is the city to shop! As this quote says: Anyone who says money doesn't buy happiness doesn't know where to shop. ~ Anonymous Bring your wallet, wear some comfortable shoes and be prepared for some serious shopping!
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Guide Name: Shop till you drop in Athens
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2.0 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km
Author: Perry Papageorgiou
Author Bio: Athens is such an inspiring city, where ever you turn, it's bursting with history, tradition and culture. Join me as we experience this city together. I am an Australian born of Greek migrant parents now living in Athens and would love to share the wonders of this great city with as many people as i can!
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Koukoutsi
  • Ermou Street
  • Monastiraki Flea Market
  • Central Market
  • Aiolou Street
  • Kapsianis (Καψιάνης)
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Koukoutsi

1) Koukoutsi

Koukoutsi, which in Greek means pip is the name of our first shopping destination. Located on fashionable Skoufa Street of Kolonaki, Koukoutsi is a shop selling T-shirts. What’s different about this store is the range of T-shirts. One of a kind, Koukoutsi stocks T-shirts that have been designed by designers from all around the world plus they stock their own range. There are two owners of Koukoutsi and they started this business with the idea that people are looking for a T-shirt with a difference and they saw that the Greek market was in need of such a store. Now let’s get back to the name ‘Koukoutsi’ which means pip in Greek. The name came from a little idea which grew to a well established business. This is a great store to by a T-shirt that stands out from the rest.

Opening hours are generally the same everywhere (except the touristy areas) are split shifts three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and morning shifts for the other three days (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).

Kolonaki has also got great night spots. Download the “Night spots in Athens” for more details on night life in Kolonaki.
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Ermou Street

2) Ermou Street

Ermou Street is filled with locals and tourists all year round shopping for the latest fashions. Athens has a variety of shopping strips and Ermou Street caters for everyone as there is a wide variety of clothes, shoes, accessories, cosmetics and many more. Only in recent years are malls being built throughout Greece. Greeks have been used to the shopping strips and each one is known for it’s products. Ermou is probably known as the place to buy shoes! Just some trendy Greek shoe stores are Tsakiris Mallas, Rollini, Bournazos. There are plenty of fashion stores like Zara, H&M and well known Greek labels like Sprider and BSB jeans. If you are visiting towards the end of seasons, you are sure to pick up some great items and at more than half the price. Ermou Street is quite long and takes you all the way to Monastiraki. Half way down Ermou Street is the Byzantine church of Kapnikareas built in the mid-11th century. You will generally see people taking a break here. Ermou is also filled with little coffee shops to take a break and rejuvenate yourselves for the next shopping site! Opening hours are generally the same everywhere (except the touristy areas) are split shifts three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and morning shifts for the other three days (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).
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Monastiraki Flea Market

3) Monastiraki Flea Market

Monastiraki Flea Market, located at Monastiraki Station, is probably the most famous market in Athens. Whether you want cheap nick nacks or you need to do the souvenir shopping, you will find exactly what you want here. There is a great variety of handmade items for the house, jewellery, leather goods, Greek statues, items made from olive trees; olive oil and artwork. Also Greek produce like, olive oil, vinegar, spoon sweets (preserves) and the list goes on and on! The great thing about this place is that like most bazaars around the world you can haggle on prices if the shop owners don't do it first. Monastiraki generally stays open all day and well into the night, as it is one of the main tourist areas. My advice to you is to get lost amongst the many little streets in Monastiraki. Just hold your bags tight! There are also many little shops to stop and have a bite and a drink. Download the “Night spots in Athens” for more details.
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Central Market

4) Central Market

Central Market is a huge fresh food market. It’s located on Athinas Street, in between Omonia and Monastiraki. Generally Greeks shop from fresh food markets and each suburb has it's own weekly market stalls set up throughout the streets. The Central Market though has everything you want under one roof of an amazing building. It sells only the freshest fruit and vegetables, a huge selection of dried fruits, nuts, olives, spices, cheeses, yogurt and the list goes on and on! We haven’t even gotten to the meat and poultry section yet. As you can probably guess, the variety of produce is extensive. Take your time as you walk through this market, it’s buzzing with people throughout the day! The market is open Monday through to Saturday from 8am to 6pm. The surrounding streets like Evripidou, Aristogitonos and Armodou also have many market stalls to browse. Wander around the busy market place at your own pace and experience the market shopping like a local!
Image by Jorge Láscar under Creative Commons License.
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Aiolou Street

5) Aiolou Street

Aiolou Street, another great shopping strip in the heart of Athens. This strip is filled with stores stocking wholesale items as well as clothing and shoe stores and much cheaper prices than Ermou Street. You will come across clothing and accessories stores but also homeware stores and outlets. My personal favorite are the homeware stores like Guy Laroche and Aslanis Home. Aiolou Street is quite a long street so there is plenty to see. Aiolou Street is named after the god of winds Aiolos in ancient Greek mythology. Apparently this was the first paved street in Athens. Aiolou Street stretches from Omonia at Panepistimiou Avenue/Eleftherios Venizelos to the Roman Agora in the heart of Plaka. In Kotzia square closer to Omonia is the old national and the modern national bank buildings and you can see the ancient ruins which where found when excavation had started for the modern building. Opening hours are generally the same everywhere (except the touristy areas) are split shifts three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and morning shifts for the other three days (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).
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Kapsianis (Καψιάνης)

6) Kapsianis (Καψιάνης)

What a place to end this tour! Think about all the shopping you have done so far and the souvenirs that you have bought. This last shop Kapsianis stocks everything you need to package and wrap your gifts. In here you will find, boxes and bags of all sizes and ribbons; everything you need at wholesale prices! My cousin had taken me to this store earlier this year and I come here to buy all the materials I need to wrap my presents. Kapsianis is the surname of the shop owners and they stock all types of packaging. My favorite in this shop is the stock upstairs. I travel quite a bit and take plenty of jewellery with me wherever I go. I have bought boxes specifically for rings, glassed lided boxes for earrings so I can see at a glance what I have and plenty more. You can get lost in the place with so much variety. Opening hours are generally the same everywhere (except the touristy areas) are split shifts three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and morning shifts for the other three days (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). There are also many bars around Syntagma. Download the “Night spots in Athens” for more details.

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