Shopping in Athens, Greece, family run shops still conquers all

Shopping in Athens, Greece, family run shops still conquers all

Although a huge city, Athens has relatively few shopping malls or large department stores; the small, family run shop still conquers all.

Souvenirs are of course available everywhere that tourists go. Other shopping opportunities are antiques, museum reproductions, embroideries and other folk art goods, and Greek food and drink products.

Here is an overview of the Athens shopping scene:

Plaka is lined with souvenir shops, most of them selling cheap souvenir knick-nacks, though there are a few higher-quality shops here and there.

Kolonaki is the upscale, hip, and artistic shopping area. Another is Kifissia.

For a more reasonable price tag, try Ermou Street, beside Syntagma Square. Turn right off Ermou at the MAC makeup shop and you'll find yourself on Aghiou Markou and other small streets which are home to incredibly cheap shoes, bags, jewellery, gifts, homewares, and so on.

"The Mall" at the Metro Station "Neratziotissa" is the biggest shopping mall in Athens.

Street vendors, with their wares laid out on blankets on the pavement, can be found in many places where tourists congregate, especially in Plaka and Monastiraki. Their goods are mostly forgeries, cheap knock-offs, and illegal CDs. These vendors are unlicensed, which is in violation of Greek law, and you may notice them vanishing as soon as a policeman is in sight, to reappear the instant the police have gone. They are best ignored. (This warning doesn't apply to vendors of fruit, nuts, etc. from street carts, who are usually legitimate.)

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