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Where to shop in Athens

From flea markets to luxury boutiques, Athens shopping is vibrant, exciting, and often friendlier to the hip pocket than other European destinations. In fact, many pack light when travelling to Athens in anticipation of the bargains on offer. For the quintessential Athens market experience where bargains are aplenty, head to the flea market district of Monastiraki. For the other end of the retail realm, peruse the luxury labels of Kolonaki. If you’re considering what to buy in Athens, the region is famous for its authentic Greek sandals, which are handmade using techniques passed from craftsman to craftsman over centuries.

Kolonaki

Kolonaki holds the number one position as the best place for luxury items when shopping in Greece. Located in the chicest part of town, it's also the heart of the Athens' fashion scene where Greek fashionistas flock to attain all the latest designer and up-and-coming brands. From jewellery to swimwear, shoes and artisan designs, Kolonaki is a must for any retail enthusiast.
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Monastiraki

Located in the old town of Athens, Monastiraki is known as one of the city's principal retail districts where you can enjoy a day's sightseeing and nab a great bargain. The area is famous for its flea-market-style shopping but also features clothing boutiques, speciality shops, and souvenir stores. Somewhat resembling a grand bazaar, it's as much about the experience as the goods on offer.
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Plaka

Nestled in the shadow of the Acropolis, Plaka features the feel of an old-style village within the metropolis of Athens. This scenic precinct is one of the city's oldest regions and is now closed off to cars in many areas. Plaka is home to speciality shops like jewellery stores, art galleries, sandal makers, souvenir retailers, and cafes.
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Gazi

A former gasworks, Gazi is emerging as the place for all things up-and-coming in Athens, including a variety of boutique stores. Shops are set among intricate walls of graffiti art, and there's a host of galleries to further indulge your artistic hankerings. Meanwhile, shoe shops, jewellery boutiques and speciality pieces are also accommodated within the industrial atmosphere of the old factories.
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Psiri

Packed with trendy shops, leather makers and furniture stores, Psiri is considered an almost hidden shopping gem of Athens. Once a rundown area with an anti-establishment reputation, Psiri is shaping up as one of the best places to escape the crowd, peruse the wares and enjoy the authentic neighbourhood feel amid locals, cafes, and fabulous food.
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