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Athens Holiday Shopping Guide

Athens Shopping Guide
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Athens during the Christmas holiday season is full of interesting and elegant shopping ideas. And Athenians have an unhealthy consumer zeal that results in packed retail streets in just about every neighborhood. Peter Poulos and his loyal dog, Mr. Stavros, produced a guide to the shopping opportunities in the Greek capital.

By Peter Poulos

For this list, Mr. Stavros and I have focused on downtown and curated a selection of some of our favorites. If you can’t visit in person we have included website links to most shops. Mr. Stavros wanted to include pet stores so we listed one of his favorite shops (MOMPSO) for quality leather leashes, equestrian items, cowbells, and donkey items.

Athens holiday shopping guide

Unique Greek gifts

There are a dizzying amount of museums in Athens so these are just a few with some of the best shops.

Benaki Museum Gift Shop
Especially well-curated jewelry, books and ceramics. Many excellent replicas of priceless museum pieces.  Ian Collins’ recent biography of the artist John Craxton makes a particularly nice gift.

Cycladic Museum Shop
A wonderfully curated selection of books, replicas, and jewelry.  Cycladic head replicas are outstanding.

National Archaeological Museum Shop
Fantastic replicas of ancient masterpieces. A fun selection of baseball caps with ancient motifs.



Athens puts its best foot forward with jewelry and Greek designers are some of the best in the world. Below is a list of some of our favorites.


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This year’s good luck charm (gouri) is always a welcomed holiday gift.


Nikos Koulis

Bold modern luxury and power, exquisite design. Make sure not to miss the OUI Collection.

Yannis Sergakis

Delicate, understated design. Take a look at the new Immortelle Collection.

Ileana Makri


Pericles Kondylatos

Inspired by Greek history and mythology.  Zeus Thunderbolt Pendant.


Fun, hip, organic design.  Calma Collection.

Ioanna Liberta

Cutting-edge, beautifully made jewelry.  Beautiful, sexy necklaces and rings. Don’t miss the Carnelian Fragile Heart necklace



Super high-quality jewelry design.  Caviar cufflinks for men are a great gift.

Alexandra Koumba

Multifaceted designer. Fern Earrings.

Food, wines, sweets

Downtown Athens is a food lover’s paradise. Some of our favorites are listed here.

Ergon House

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The mother ship of Greek gastronomy. Great products, excellent design. Great hotel with 38 rooms.  Ergon’s branded products are delicious. Hot ketchup and feat cheese spread are musts!


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Legendary sweets and savory items since 1908. Ekmek Kataifi



Nuts, Chocolate and Coffee.  Dark chocolate but clusters

Heteroclito / Café and Wine Bar

Fantastic selection of Greek wines including organic brands.  Don’t miss their fund gift shop.

heteroclito cave & bar a vin – Αρχική Σελίδα


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A dizzying selection of nuts, dried fruits, chocolates and sweets. Make your own gift box.

Ξηροί καρποί ΜΑΤΣΟΥΚΑ Le Chocolat


Chocolate heaven. Grace Kelly was a fan. Elegant store and exceptional packaging.  Try their pistachio clusters.


For over 100 years Ariston has been serving up Athens best savory and sweet pitas.  Try one of their tiropitas right out of the oven at  Voulis 10, Syntagma.


One of downtown Athens most famous bakeries.  Try the homemade Dinkel bread, Maniatikes Diples at Petrakis 4.

Wild Souls

For the best nut butters, you will ever eat at crazy good prices. Try their crunchy almond butter.

Sweet Nolan

Bakery without compare. Try the Dark Chocolate Bread Loaf. You’ll thank me.

Sweet Nolan


Roussos Antiques and Gallery

A fine collection of antiques and antiquities.  Fine Art Deco items and signet rings at Stadiou 3, Stoa Kalliga.

Martinos / Fine Art and Gallery

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Art, Ceramics, Icons, Furniture

Fine Byzantine Icons, traditional Greek ceramics and wedding chests.

Dimitris Vrettos

A great collection of interesting and affordable collectibles and antiques

Takis S. Kamarinos Antiquarian Bookshop and Map and Prints

An excellent selection of framed and loose engravings from sites all over the Greek world.



Excellent quality Greek Beauty Products. Try their Vetiver Eau de Toilette and Jamsine Body Lotion


Excellent quality Greek Beauty Products.  Daily conditioner is a lifesaver.


Zeus + Δione

Women’s clothes, sunglasses, jewelry, shoes and accessories.  Check it all out because there is nothing not to like here.


Women’s clothing. The chicest store on Ermou Street. Don’t miss their beautiful selection of scarves.



Men’s and Women’s clothes.  Perfect loungewear for men and women. Very fond of their towels.

Maison Zoulias

Women’s clothes, shoes and bags. If Audrey Hepburn shopped in Greece this is where she would buy all of her clothes, shoes and bags.

Milk White

Milk White
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Fun, chic women’s clothes. Very creative window displays

Thalassa Collection

Men’s Ties, Pocket Squares, Oblongs. Men’s neckties covered in Greek letters are unique!

The best graphic t-shirts, bags and wallets. Check out their collection of t-shirts featuring iconic Greek buildings.

Panagiotis Bags

The perfect heavy green canvas sail cloth bags at Abynissias Square – Ask around. He is next to the public bathrooms.

Round 40

Men’s and Women’s clothing, hats and accessories.  Round 40’s Greek-designed windbreakers are terrific.


Mens and Women’s clothes. Excellent quality clothes with architectural lines. Selected items from contemporary designers worldwide.

Other fun stuff

Son of a Beac

Showroom in Kolonaki with luxurious beach towels, bags, pouches, and beach wraps.

TFA Ceramics

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Ceramics, Art, Photographs. You’ll want to buy absolutely everything!


Equestrian Shop / Leather Goods.  The best leather leashes with brass hardware for your dog.

Diane Alexandre Ceramics

Connected with the nature of Greece.  The Owl Series.

Ceramic Art


Books / Notebooks / Gifts. Terrific Greek-made notebooks


Books / Art. Excellent books on Athens in Greek and English. Lovely space buried at the end of Noel Stoa at Kolokontronis 59B.


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Books in Greek. Greek poetry books

Liana Vourakis

Jewelry / Gifts. Square porcelain plates with Greek-inspired designs

GB Corner Gifts

Many of the brands mentioned above but also included are some fun things from other Greek brands.  The Anthologist has a collection of interesting items here.
Grand Bretagne Hotel

The Mati Shop

Unique Mati (evil eye) gifts and antiques. Tama of metal ships and pearls for your home.

Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation Museum Shop

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Books, objects.  Doesn’t everyone need a marble ruler?


Amazing selection of chess and backgammon sets. Ask for Greek made backgammon sets.

Syntagma Square Periptero (Kiosk)

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The perfect place for a last-minute kitsch gift. Open 24 hours with a great selection of Key Chains at Syntagma Square.

Duty-free at Athens International Airport

If you’ve left the city center and are at the airport you can still purchase many good Greek items since mentioned companies have a presence at the airport, Korres, Apivita, Zeus + Dione, Ergon etc. Not included in the list above are Navarino Icons and TREA Brands and
exceptional Greek Olive oils, olives, honey and dips. Beautifully packaged.

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