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Athens has an abundance of shops and boutiques of all kinds, for all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re looking to buy a souvenir that will always remind you of your trip in the Greek capital, the traditional-style Greek sandals or just enrich your clothing collection, the Greek capital won’t disappoint you. Roam its local neighborhoods and polished department stores and dive into the city’s shopping scene.

Ermou

Ermou street couldn’t but occupy the top of our shopping in Athens guide as it is Athens’ most renowned shopping street.

Stretching from Syntagma square all the way to Pireos street in Kerameikos area, the cobblestone street is 1,5 kilometers long.

Most stores and boutiques are found between Syntagma to Monastiraki Square and therefore, this part is usually jam-packed. Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka and other renowned international brands, as well as local clothing boutiques and beauty product stores, offer plenty of opportunities for shopping in Athens.

At Christmas, the renowned Ermou street in Athens is decorated with myriads of lights and is filled with food stalls with local delicacies.

Keep in mind though, that this time of the year, the scenic street gets particularly overcrowded.

Read this article to see when is the best time to visit Athens!

Athens shopping
Ermou is Athens’ most renowned shopping street. Image from: Wikimedia Commons

Kolonaki

Kolonaki is Athens’ upscale neighborhood and thus it is well known for its high-end boutiques, designer’s stores, and fancy beauty salons.

There are many shops scattered in the neighborhood and around Kolonaki Square but Voukourestiou holds the reputation of the city’s fanciest shopping street.

Here you’ll find deluxe jewelry stores such as Cartier, Lalaounis, and Zolotas as well as luxurious clothing boutiques.

Even if you don’t afford to buy something from the lavish stores, it is worth your time to take a walk along the pedestrianized alley and rummage the stylish shop windows.

 

Kolonaki in athens shopping
Kolonaki is well known for its high-end boutiques, designer’s stores and fancy beauty salons. Image from: Wikimedia Commons

Monastiraki

Most tourists in Athens are familiar with Monastiraki square, one of the main attractions in the Greek capital.

Surrounded by narrow alleys filled with souvenir shops, clothing, and shoe boutiques as well as second-hand shops, Monastiraki square is usually the starting point of a long shopping in Athens walk.

Ifestou street is one of the most scenic alleys in Athens city packed vintage stores with old furnishing, handmade sandals, and vinyl stores.

Even though it is one of the most tourist spots in Athens, the cobblestone alley attracts both locals and travelers.

Go on a Sunday and discover antiques and knick-knacks at the open flea market which takes place at Abyssinia Square.

shopping in Monastiraki
Monastiraki square is usually the starting point of a long shopping walk.
Image courtesy by Kostas Limitsios from flickr.com

Shopping Malls

If you don’t want to waste much of your time for shopping in Athens but still want to buy one thing or two, then head to the city’s shopping malls.

Attica is the most renowned and stylish department store in Athens city.

Its privileged location in the heart of Athens’ city center just a stone’s throw away from Syntagma square makes it the perfect choice for a short shopping break while exploring downtown.

You’ll find over 850 brands of clothes, shoes, and accessories for women, men and children spread on its 5 floors.

On the 6th floor, lies a cozy café-restaurant ideal for a pitstop before you hit the streets again in search of Athens’ landmarks.

Athens Mall in Marousi

The Mall Athens is the second most popular department store in Athens and is a favorite among locals.

Located close to Nerantziotissa station in Marousi, the Athens Mall is around 20 minutes from the city center by train.

Its 4 levels host shops for all styles, ages and budgets attracting Athenians from different areas around the city.

Athens Heart Mall

Athens Heart Mall features 4 floors full of clothing shops, bookstores, toy shops, you name it.

It’s located on Pireos street, close to the city center and is easily accessible with means of public transportation.

Some of the brands you’ll find in Athens Heart Mall is Adidas, United Colors of Benetton and H&M.

Metro Mall, Athens shopping
Image courtesy by Tilemahos Efthimiadis from flickr.com

Second-Hand Stores

Over the past few years, stylish second-hand stores keep appearing in Athens’ city center adding their unique touch to the already fascinating shopping scene.

Guadeloupe and Like Yesterday’s in Protogenous street in the area of Psirri, are two of the most popular second-hand clothing shops and chances are you’ll come across them if you’re roaming around the city center.

In a short walk from here, on 120 Ermou street, you’ll find Kilo-Shop, another renowned vintage shop that has clothes and accessories that are from the ’50s until the ’90s.

However, the city’s oldest second-hand clothing shop is located in the Exarchia neighborhood.

Yesterday’s Bread is known for its funky collections of clothes, accessories, and shoes that come directly from the Netherlands.

Glyfada

If your accommodation lies in the Athenian Riviera or you’re just visiting Athens’ seaside area and you’re in the mood for shopping in Athens, the area of Glyfada is the place to look for.

Trendy shops, deluxe beauty salons and spas, as well as upscale boutiques, found nowhere else in the city comprise the district’s shopping scene.

Grigoriou Lambraki street is known for featuring international and Greek designers’ boutiques as well as jewelry shops.

Some of the most renowned stores found in Glyfada’s streets are Soho-Soho, Boutique 52 and  A La Mode.

Aiolou and Agios Markos Streets

Aiolou and Agios Markos Streets are two pedestrianized streets spanning in the heart of the city center nearby Monastiraki station.

Don’t expect to find international brands and stylish boutiques here.

Instead, you’ll discover small local shops selling from fabrics, curtains, and sewing items to cheap clothes, bags and accessories.

Even though you might not find something to buy, it is worth taking a stroll and take a taste of an authentic Athenian shopping street.

Shopping in Aiolou and Agios Markos Streets
Take a stroll in Aiolou and Agios Markos Streets and take a taste of an authentic Athenian shopping street. Image courtesy by rey perezoso from flickr.com

Discovering a city’s shopping scene is always an interesting experience not only because you can find memorabilia that will always remind you of your trip but also because you discover a part of a city’s culture. Athens has a variety of shopping centers spread in different neighborhoods and each one of them has its own character. Find the one or more that suits your style best and enjoy a day of shopping in the Greek capital.

 

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