Shopping in Athens

Ermou Street
Clothes are one of the bargains to be had in Greece and Ermou Street has the greatest concentrations of retailers to be found, mingled with upscale home furnishing shops. The shopping is mostly upscale, with a stronghold of designer labels at one end of the street and more moderately priced brands at the other. The street has been built to cater to pedestrians and street musicians and make for pleasant shopping, though be warned that crowds can be massive on Fridays and Saturdays.

Like Ermou Street, the Kolonaki district is a high-end shopping destination in central Athens. Stylish clothes and accessories shops can be found here, featuring international brands as well as Greece's best-known designers. The area is also known for home d├ęcor and furniture, antique shops, and art galleries.

Stadiou Street
Jewelry stores abound throughout Greece and visitors to the country can find a greater selection of styles and often better prices than at home. Central Athens' Stadiou Street is where to shop for luxury pieces from international names, with special emphasis on Greek designers such as Bulgari, Ilias Lalaounis and Kessaris.

Patission Street
Also known as Odos Patission, this is one of Athens' main thoroughfares and a major landing point for anyone interested in affordable rather than luxury clothing and accessories. The choice of shops is nearly endless on this long and busy street, though the combination of crowds, traffic and noise can be exhausting as well as exilerating.

The Plaka
Near the Acropolis is the Plaka, the oldest section of Athens and a prime spot for souvenirs and gifts. Numerous jewelry stores jostle with cafes and small shops selling traditional and handcrafted items and museum reproductions.

The National Welfare Organization and The Center of Hellenic Tradition
The rather dull names of these venues, each of which has two locations in Athens, often leads visitors to overlook them, a tragedy as both offer fine examples of hand-crafted Greek items at fair prices. Woodcarvings, ceramics and prints are specialties at the Center of Hellenic Tradition, while silk embroidery and rugs hand-loomed by village women are specialties of the National Welfare Organization.

Monastiraki Flea Market
Within walking distance of the Plaka, the Monastiraki flea market is one of Athens most lively and crowded spots on Sundays. Items similar to those sold in the Plaka can be found here, along with handmade sandals, skillful reproductions of icons, new and used books, antiques and second hand goods ripe for repurposing. It's a market Athenians attend in droves, which makes the scene even more fun.