The beautiful country of Greece invites with ancient historical sites and islands surrounded by stunning blue waters. Shop for world famous items like Greek olive oil, iconic art and intricately embroidered clothing.
Shopping in Greece is often a pleasure with many small shops and locally made goods.
Nearly every town in Greece has a local market. Hours vary but most are open for a few hours each day. Many islands have fishermen who will bring part of their catch to the market to sell. Other typical products usually include many foodstuffs that compose the Greek diet. Look for honey, lemons, long sprigs of oregano, dried garlic, marinated lamb, salamis and thick holiday Easter breads that house a decorated egg. This is a good place to find the makings of a great lunch. Some markets, like the one in Chania, are held in a permanent building. Others may be held in a more informal place next to the ocean.
Dimitris Zervopoulos Icons Workshop
Icons are a greatly beloved form of Greek art. These traditional works are still made today. One of the best places to see how they are made and even purchase one to bring home is at this workshop in Meteora. Artists will show you works in progress and then let you watch as they work on one right in front of your eyes.
The Athens Flea Market
If you’re in Athens, the flea market here offers lots of items for sale ranging from clothing to shoes to small textiles. Bargaining is expected, so don’t hesitate.
Specialized Greek Products
Many places in Greece specialize in a specific product. For example, Anogia on the island of Crete is the place to head to if you want to buy high-quality lace or embroidered shirts. If you like wood carving, head for Metsovo in Epirus. Look for local museum gift shops. Many work with local artisans to sell their products. You might be able to find paintings, glass art, and other items that are not available anywhere else.
Greek alcoholic beverages include Ouzo and many local beers. Look for them at greatly reduced prices in many regional stores. Drink here or bring it home with you.
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