Did you know that Athens is an original shopper’s paradise? If not, then you’d better start exploring its many famous shopping areas, such as central Syntagma, Monastiraki, Plaka or in the northern suburbs of Kifisia, filled with numerous fancy, trendy and alternative shops where you can shop ‘til you drop.
It’s a little hard to miss when arriving at Syntagma Square; Ermou is one of the most famous pedestrian shopping streets in Athens, lined with a wide selection of clothes and gift shops. The best time to go is at Christmas when it is completely transformed with seasonal decorations, while many street performers are gathered in the area to entertain the crowds.
Monastiraki & Plaka
You cannot possibly leave Athens without first wandering around the cobbled streets of Monastiraki area, home to the bustling Athens Flea Market. Here, you can buy local spices and herbs, as well as traditional street food and souvenir shops. Bring a camera on Sunday mornings, when street sellers gather to bargain over anything everything. There are old teapots, video game consoles, lamps and clothes. Above Monastiraki and right underneath the iconic Acropolis hill you’ll find Plaka. Definitely visit for a step back in time. Filled with neo-classical buildings and traditional tavernas, there are plenty of options to fuel a coffee break.
Walking towards the opposite end of Athens center, you will meet the high class Kolonaki area, a temple dedicated to the art of shopping. Most international designer brands are found here next to smaller boutiques hiding unique and, certainly no less expensive, outfits. Kolonaki is also the place to meet (or become) Athens next it girl!
If high end isn’t really your thing, go for the bust Varvakios Meat & Fish Market on Athinas street. It’s a gastronomic delight. Visitors can also find a broad range of spices, meat, cheese, olives and deli treats. Explore the tavernas surrounding the market and your tongue will thank you.
Explore Athens’ malls!
The Mall Athens Quite possibly the ultimate shopping in Athens! Right next to the tongue-twister Neratziotissa Train Station and beside the main Attiki Odos Highway, the Mall Athens is a vast shopping experience with well-known brands, cinemas, restaurants and cafés.
Opt for luxury at the Golden Hall on Kifisias Avenue. It’s a stone’s throw from some of Athens best hotels like the Civitel Attik. Visitors can combine business and pleasure, as the mall is found close to many conference hotels in Athens.
Athens Metro Mall
Athens Metro Mall is set in the southern suburbs of Athens, just a short metro ride away from Syntagma Square. Get off at Agios Dimitrios station and pop into this friendly five-storey complex, which houses shops, cafes, restaurants and Village cinemas. On the top floor visitors can enjoy their meal or drink at TGI Fridays overlooking the sea! Enjoy shopping in Athens!