When visiting Greece, there are already so many different things to see and do, but what is a vacation without shopping?
If you’re looking to splurge a bit while also immersing yourself in the local culture, check out this beginner’s guide to shopping in Greece!
Where to Go?
So, you’ve decided to shop to it, but where should you go? Luckily, there are a plethora of different shopping districts to visit during your time in Greece.
One of the most popular (and most famous) is the Monastiraki flea market, positioned near the base of the Acropolis.
Other well-known shopping centers include Omonia Square, Ermou Street, Plaka, Kolonaki Square, and Syntaga Square.
The operating hours of these districts can vary from season-to-season, so be sure to double check the current hours before your visit so that you don’t miss out.
What to Buy?
If you love handmade goods, then the shopping scene of Greece will be right up your alley!
You’ll be able to find all sorts of treasures, from handmade tapestries and carpets to pottery and embroidery.
You never know what kind of unique items you’ll find, so be sure to shop around and get a glimpse of the local artisanship!
If you plan on purchasing anything while shopping in Greece, it’s important to make sure you have the correct currency on-hand.
The currency accepted by shops in Greece is the euro.
You can get coins amounting to one euro or two euros, as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent coins. You can also receive notes denominated in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros.
Euros are accepted within any of the European Union member states, so if you plan on visiting multiple countries in Europe, you can use them there as well.
Telephone and Post Office Facilities
While perusing the downtown areas of Greece, you may find yourself needing to make a phone call or mail a letter or postcard. If needed, there are local places nearby to assist.
If you need to make a phone call, the international telephones (or OTE) office is located at 15 Stadiou Street.
Payphones can be operated by using a telephone card purchased at this office.
If you’re looking to mail a letter, head to the Post Office on the corner of Syntagma Square and Mitropoleos Street.
Whether you’re just browsing or looking to take home a bag full of souvenirs, there is so much to discover while visiting the shopping districts of Greece!
Don’t end your Mediterranean vacation without checking out all the shops Greece has to offer; you never know what you might find!