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Plaka, Athens shopping tour

Buy handmade sandals, stylish knitwear and secondhand trinkets
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Packed with craft shops, designer boutiques and gift stores, the tangle of alleys around Athens' Plaka district will keep avid... more »

Tips:  Despite several shady places for respite en route, Athens can be baking hot from spring onwards, so bring hats, water and plenty of... more »

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Points of Interest

If you're tired of bringing home the same old souvenirs from your holidays, head for Gallery Demeter.

This quaint store close to The Acropolis owned by an ex-professional cyclist sells quality reproductions of statues, ceramic and Cycladic masks - and the friendly husband-and-wife team can even arrange to ship them back home for you, if you ask ... More

2. Jewelery, Adrianou Street

Found in tombs and sacred sites dating back to 1600 BC, Greece has been famous for its intricately made gold and silver jewelery for thousands of years. Nowadays several skilled artisans along Adrianou street specialize in creating copies of those fabulous ancient pieces.
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A family-run business, Byzantino's exquisite handmade copies of museum ... More

3. The Greek Knitwear Shop

When the sun beats down on Plaka's paved streets it's hard to imagine winter will ever come, but if you want to get ahead of the pack, why not make a beeline for the Greek Knitwear Shop to buy your designer Greek woollies?
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Address
109 Adrianou Street
Athens, Greece

Tel: +30 21032 24591

4. Shop of The Poet Sandalmaker

Now it's time to buy some original footwear. Known as the Poet Sandalmaker because of his literary creations that even figure on the curriculum of certain UK universities, Stavros Melissinos has been making sandals since the 1960s.

Celebrities who've worn his carefully tooled leather shoes range from The Beatles to Barbara Streisand.
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Although it's open all week, Sunday is the best time to visit this jumble of stands, stores and stalls selling an eclectic mix of genuine antiques and cheap tat.

If you're seeking collectibles head for Ermou Street, find best antique furniture buys on Avyssinias Square or just sift through stalls selling everything from vintage clothing and... More