Interested in shopping in Athens? Look no further! Here is a complete guide on the best shops, malls and great shopping areas in Athens.
Your local guide to the best shops in Athens
For many visitors, shopping is an essential part of their Athens experience when visiting Greece. And while the city centre is fairly compact, there’s an incredible range of stores, where you can buy all sorts of things.
Are you after clothes, shoes and other consumer goods? Vintage clothes, antiques and the best Greek souvenirs? Or are you interested in food shopping for traditional Greek products?
This guide on Athens shopping is here to help! I’ve included shopping districts, maps, and everything else you will need for a pleasant shopping experience in Athens.
Let’s have a look!
Ermou Street: The main shopping street in central Athens
Without a doubt, the number one shopping street in downtown Athens is Ermou Street. This wide, pedestrianized street begins at Syntagma Square, just opposite the Greek Parliament, and runs down to Monastiraki Square and beyond.
Ermou is duly named after Hermes, the Ancient Greek God of commerce. This is the place to go if you’re looking for mainstream clothes, shoes, accessories and cosmetics.
There are all sorts of international high-street chain stores, like H&M, Zara, Marks & Spencer’s etc. You will also find popular local brands, such as Attrattivo and Celestino.
Anyone looking for beauty products should pass by Hondos Center. This is a department store where you can find all sorts of soaps, shampoos and cosmetics, but also selected clothes, luggage, underwear and other consumer goods.
People who are into shopping could easily spend a few hours on Ermou street alone. If you include the surrounding shopping streets, you could easily spend a whole day. I’m a huge fan of the shops with crafts materials and bead stores around this area – you’ll find plenty of them.
Map: Ermou Street
Monastiraki flea market
As you are going down Ermou street, you will find Monastiraki Square. Here is where the Monastiraki flea market begins. It’s located on Ifestou street and the side streets.
Here, you will find many stores for clothes, shoes and leather goods. There is also a range of shops selling new and used books, CDs, vinyl records, musical instruments, military accessories, souvenirs, and various other items.
Moreover, Monastiraki is a fun place to come for antique and vintage items. If this is what you are after, head to the Avissinias Square antique market on Sundays, and have a look at what’s available.
If you are interested in inexpensive souvenirs, head to the stalls in Thisseio and Dionysiou Areopagitou street. You will find a number of artisans, selling handmade items, like jewelry, accessories and all sorts of trinkets.
Specialty shops around Ermou street
As you are walking on Ermou street from Syntagma Square to Monastiraki, you will notice that there is a shopping district on your right hand side, which includes a maze of tiny alleyways.
This small area is full of shops selling cheap T-shirts and other budget clothes, shoes, accessories and luggage, often of mediocre quality. It’s great for a little retail therapy that won’t break the bank.
In addition, here is where you can find a range of more unusual items and consumer goods, such as the following:
- a huge selection of fabrics
- threads, needles and other sewing materials
- beads, semi-precious stones, metals, threads and everything else you need to make your own jewelry
- materials for hobbies, arts and crafts.
This is a great shopping area in Athens if you like discovering unique local shops. No matter how many times you visit, you will always discover a small shop you hadn’t noticed before.
Athinas street: Tools, cheap clothes and food shops
Just off Monastiraki metro station, you will find Athinas street, a long street leading to Omonia Square.
Athinas is full of shops selling all sorts of tools and household goods. You will also find a few second-hand stores for clothes, luggage and army clothes stores, leather sandals, and various other goods at low retail prices.
In all honestly though, most visitors wouldn’t venture out to Athinas street, if it wasn’t for the Athens Central food market.
Map: Athinas street
Central food market in Athens
One of the best places for food shopping in Athens is the Varvakios central market. This extensive food market is located on Athinas street, a short walk from Monastiraki metro.
Here, you will find vegetables, fruit, nuts, Greek olives and olive oil, cheese, meat, fish, yogurt, bakery goods, herbs, spices, Greek coffee and more local delicacies, all at good prices.
The section with the meat and fish market is probably the most fascinating one in the whole Central Market – though vegans would probably want to avoid it.
If you are interested in spices, head to the famous Bahar, on Evripidou street. You will easily spot it, as there’s always a queue outside.
And even if you aren’t planning to buy any traditional Greek products, you should still come here – it’s a fascinating place to people-watch.
More antique and vintage shops: Psiri Athens
Close to Monastiraki square, a short walk away from the food market, you will find the area of Psiri, or Psyri. This small neighborhood is known for its cafes, bars and Greek dessert shops, like the iconic Little Kook.
What many people don’t know is that Athens Psiri is also home to numerous antique and vintage shops, where you can find a huge collection of authentic vintage and antique items.
Moreover, if you are interested in original clothes, you will find a few unique shops at Psiri. Head to Protogenous street, and make sure you have stacks of time to explore all the hidden gems!
Plaka: Souvenir shops, and not only
Most people who visit Athens will pass by the iconic neighborhood called Plaka. This little area just underneath the Acropolis is quite touristy, but remains charming nevertheless.
Here, you will find several souvenir shops, stores with leather goods, and a few places selling clothes by upcoming Greek designers. It’s also a great area to buy pretty, affordable jewelry.
Walk around Pandrossou and Andrianou streets, and you will definitely find a few gifts to take back home!
And if the stores in Plaka don’t appeal to you, take a short walk to Koukaki, the up-and-coming area behind the Acropolis. You will find a nice selection of small shops selling original clothes and other items.
Note: Plaka is a rather common name here in Greece. As an example, there’s a Plaka in Milos island!
Kolonaki: Upmarket retail therapy
Are you interested in exclusive Athens shops and fashion items by established international and Greek designers? If so, you should visit Kolonaki area. This is the best place for high quality shoes and luxury shopping in central Athens.
Head to Voukourestiou street, and you will find fashion brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton and Dior. You will also come across acclaimed Greek jewelry stores such as Lalaounis, who are well-known for their Byzantine jewelry.
Also, if you like department stores, you should check out Attica, located close to both Kolonaki and Syntagma Square. It’s an upmarket megastore, where you will find a great selection of clothes, shoes, cosmetics and many more consumer goods.
Art galleries and museum shops in Athens
In addition to the Athens stores mentioned above, you will be delighted to know that many of the museums and art galleries in Athens have shops. Here, you can find quality artworks and other items, often inspired by Ancient Greece.
The Acropolis Museum, the Benaki Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art are good places to buy museum replicas, and other pieces inspired by the museum collections. You will also find a good selection of art and history books.
Related: Have a look at this article with the best museums and art galleries in Athens.
Beyond central Athens
While downtown Athens is great for shopping, most of the Athens suburbs have nice shopping areas as well. Areas like Chalandri, Nea Ionia, Kifissia, Peristeri and Glyfada are fantastic areas to visit.
You will find plenty of shopping options, from mainstream shops to unique boutiques. As the Glyfada and Kifissia areas are popular places for expats to live, there’s more of a cosmopolitan feel to the shopping areas.
Shopping malls in Athens
It’s hard to believe that, only a couple of decades ago, not a single retail park or shopping mall existed in Athens and the suburbs!
Today, there are several Athens malls, retail parks and outlets. Some of them are easily accessible by metro. Others are out of the city center, and you’d need to take a bus or a taxi to get there.
1. The Mall Athens
This is the first mall that opened in the northern suburbs of Athens, back in 2005. It’s a mall with multiple levels, where you can find most popular brands and high street stores.
On the top floor there’s a food court with a few cafes and restaurants, as well as the Village cinemas. The Mall is popular with teenagers, and can get very busy on evenings and weekends.
Website: The Mall Athens
Map: Andrea Papandreou 35, Maroussi,
How to get there: The Mall is a short walk from Nerantziotissa metro station, on the green metro line. It’s also close to the Olympic Stadium.
2. Golden Hall
Not far from The Mall, you will find the Golden Hall. This luxurious shopping mall is home to several shops, cafes and restaurants, including a couple of upmarket brands.
Website: Golden Hall
Map: Kifisias Av. 37A, Maroussi
How to get there: Buses Α7, Ε14, Χ14 and 550, passing by Kifissias Av.
3. Avenue Mall
Next door to the Golden Hall, you will find the compact Avenue Mall. This is a good place for everyday shopping, and there’s also a large Sklavenitis supermarket. It’s the go-to-mall for locals living nearby.
Website: Avenue Mall
Map: Kifissias Av. 41-47, Maroussi
How to get there: Buses Α7, Ε14, Χ14 and 550, passing by Kifissias Av.
4. Athens Metro Mall
The Athens Metro Mall is closer to the south suburbs of Athens. It’s another big retail center including restaurants, cafes, a Village cinema and an AB supermarket.
Website: Athens Metro Mall
Map: Vouliagmenis Av. 276, Agios Dimitrios
How to get there: This shopping center is right on Agios Dimitrios metro station, on the red metro line.
5. River West
This is the largest mall in the west suburbs of Athens. Here, you will find a range of clothing stores, including megastores like Decathlon, shoe shops, electronics, and many more consumer goods. There are plenty of outdoor areas, free on-site parking, and even an Electrical Vehicle charging station.
Website: River West
Map: Kifissou 98, Egaleo
How to get there: There’s a River West free shuttle bus from Egaleo metro every 10 / 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can use public buses 420 and 829.
6. McArthur Glenn / Athens Smart Park designer outlet
This giant shopping park is located close to the Athens International Airport, in an area called Spata. It’s the largest shopping mall in Greece, and the best outlet in Athens and the suburbs if you are after serious retail therapy.
You will find an array of high street shops, including a giant Decathlon store. There’s also a good selection of cafes and restaurants, and a big (and free) parking lot.
How to get there: Bus no 319 from Doukissis Plakentias metro station, which is a 15-minute ride from Athens down town, or taxi
Store opening hours in Athens Greece
Most stores in Athens are open from Monday to Saturday, and are closed on Sundays. Yet, the souvenir stores around Plaka and the Monastiraki Flea market remain open on Sundays.
Store opening hours in Athens may vary. Usually, chain stores and larger shops remain open from 10.00 to 21.00 on weekdays, and from 10.00 to 20.00 on Saturdays.
Smaller shops have shorter opening hours. They usually close around 15.00 or 16.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and may also remain closed between about 14.30 and 17.00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
By law, all shops are required to accept credit and debit cards. With that said, small shops and family businesses usually prefer cash, especially for very small amounts.
Shopping tours in Athens
If all this information is overwhelming, and you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a shopping tour in Athens! Here are a couple:
- Food market visit and cooking class
- Greek Designers Private Shopping Tour
- Local Markets with Artisanal Crafts Walking Tour
FAQ about shopping in Athens
Here are a few questions readers have asked in the past about shopping and purchases in Athens:
What are the best places for shopping in Athens?
Some of the best shopping areas in central Athens include Ermou street, Monastiraki, Plaka, Kolonaki, Psiris and Koukaki.
Are clothes expensive in Greece?
Clothes prices in Greece vary widely, depending on the type of store you are visiting. The best places to find cheap clothes include street markets and thrift stores.
What luxury stores are in Athens Greece?
You can find plenty of international designer brands in Athens. A few examples are Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Rolex, Cartier, Bulgari, Prada, Dior, Gucci etc.
Should you carry cash in Greece?
Although most shops in Greece accept debit and credit cards, shopkeepers are always happy to be paid in cash. All in all, it doesn’t hurt to have some euro notes on you, just in case.
What shoes should I wear in Greece?
If you are going for a shopping spree around the Greek capital, my suggestion is to leave your high heels behind, and bring comfortable walking shoes. The cobbled streets aren’t heel-friendly!
More guides about Greece and the Greek islands
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, which proves that Athens is a great shopping destination! Here are a few more guides about Greece:
- What to do on a Sunday in Athens – includes a few markets outside central Athens, where you can get second-hand and sale items
- Three new metro stations in Piraeus Athens
- Best things to do in Athens
- How to spend 4 days in Santorini
- 50 iconic Greek dishes
- The evil eye in Greece
- Useful words in Greek
- Helpful websites for expats in Greece
Hi! I’m Vanessa from Athens and I really enjoy visiting the shopping areas and thriving markets in Athens. If you are looking to buy something more specific, leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you. Follow me on FB and Instagram for more Greece-related info!