The kiosk, "Periptero" in Greek, is an important part of Greeks everyday life for almost a century. It is the equivalent of the newsstand that can be found in many countries around the world, with the difference that it is present in every major streets of all cities and villages in Greece.
Besides newspapers, the 'Periptero' is the only place, with a few exceptions, where you can buy cigarettes. Other items one can find are: sweets, chewing gum, chocolates, cold drinks, beer, transportation tickets, ice cream, sanitary pads, soap and many more.
Kiosks tend to adapt to the needs of the neighborhood, indeed one may notice that kiosks on Syntagma Square target tourists. Foreign newspapers, souvenir items, sunglasses, and post cards are a few common items found there. In Kolonaki, the aristocratic area of Athens with top name boutiques, fashion magazines such as Vogue are common. There is even a 'periptero' on 26 Kanari street that sells cigars!
Periptero in facts
Monday, August 10, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Voukourestiou Street - Luxury Goods
The Mall Athens
The Golden Hall
Pandrossou Street Souvenir & Leather Shops
Ermou Street Shop List
Kotzia Square 3-5
Notos Galleries is located in the center of Athens, near Omonia square. The first building is on Aiolou str. There you'll find well known fashion brands for men, women and children and beauty products.
The second building known as Notos Galleries Home is on the Kotzia Square 3-5. There you'll find all you need for home decoration and furniture departement. I always enjoy shopping at Notos home, because the atmosphere is calm, and the employees have good knowledge of what they are selling.
Voukourestiou Street - Luxury Goods[Locate on map] Transit: Syntagma.
In the center of Athens near Syntagma square, this street houses the most famous luxury goods shops including: Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Cartier, Chopard, Prada and many more.
Andrea Papandreou 35, Marousi
Attica Ring Road Exit 11 : Olympic Station/Kifissia Avenue
Malls in Athens are relatively new. 'The Malls Athens' in Marousi area is among the best known and the most popular. It is the most complete mall with a big number of shops, restaurants, a drug store, movie theaters, computer stores, a supermarket and a post office.
Kifisias 37Α, Marousi 15123, Greece
In average, the stores in this Mall are of higher standing than 'The Mall Athens'. Well known Greek jeweler Ilias Lalaounis is present there as well of Notos Galleries Home. Check here for the full list of available stores.
A bus shuttle to the Golden Mall from Neratziotissa metro station is available for free.
Pandrossou Street Souvenir & Leather Shops
Pandrossou Street, Monastiraki
Pandrossou Street is a small street in Monastiraki that is lined up with souvenir and Greek jewelry shops. You can start walking the street from the Monstiraki Metro Station up to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens [ see map ]. On your way, you'll notice a number of leather shops were you can find Greek leather sandals or leather bags and purses. I suggest you make two stops:
Ermou StreetErmou Street, Athens
Transit: Monastiraki or Syntagma
Ermou street is a long pedestrian street that starts at Syntagma Square and ends at Keramikos. It is between Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Station that you can find clothing and accessories retailer shops such as Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull&Bear, Marks & Spencer and Fokas multistore building. There are also many shoe stores like Migato and Tsakiris Malas. I suggest you start from Syntagma Square and walk down the street till Monastiraki. On your way you might have a stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.
Ermou Street is twinned with the Okurayama Street in Kanagawa Prefecture - Japan
Ermou Street Shop List by Category
Sunday, February 15, 2015
From country to country there are particular differences between supermarkets. While a lot of products and brands are today common to all supermarkets, it is no secret that products flavor or presentation may differ according to customer needs and expectations. Greek supermarkets are no exception to that rule.
Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine which is mainly based on olive oil, fresh vegetables, wine, Greek cheese, and a big variety of spices. Of course, supermarkets will provide all these ingredients. Olive oil shelves in a Greek supermarket are quite important in size offering a wide variety of Greek brands. Needless to say, you won't find any Italian or Spanish olive oil in the Greek market. Other important shelves are those with beans, lentils and chickpea which are used in well known soup recipes. It a traditional Greek family it is custom to have these soups on Wednesday and Friday of ever.
In general, the Greek supermarket will offer all products for a household that cooks at home on daily basis. Thus, at the exception of Lidl supermarket, refrigerated foods are limited in comparison with a French or an American supermarket. This also applies to prepackaged meats, cheese, and various Italian meats (Ham, salami etc.). These products are usually found at the butcher department store or cheese stand where customers get served from qualified employees.
Although cooked food can be found in some supermarkets, it is still not very popular. Indeed, one would prefer to use a take home restaurant delivery or a fast food restaurant. Prepared food in general limited to big supermarkets or hypermarkets.
As for fish, which is also an important ingredient of Mediterranean cuisine, fresh fish is widely more popular, but of course more expensive. Big supermarkets have a dedicated department store for fish. Still, buying fish from the fish shop, or the fish market is more common.
AB - Vasilopouloswww.ab.gr [ Locate on map ]
In greek we call this supermarket "Alpha Vita" or simply "Vasilopoulos". It is a well known, and well established all over Greece. In smaller residential area one may find "AB city" which is smaller in size with less products than an oridnary supermarket.
Beside food, the market offers a number of services: A free home delivery service for purchaces over €60. The delivery is made the same day if the order is made before 11:30 am. For VISA card holders it is possible to redraw from the cachier a small anmount of money (€10 to€50) along side with your purchaces, Finally, you can make a Western Union transaction.
Lidlwww.lidl-hellas.gr [ Locate on map ]
Lidl is a low cost market that used to be snubbed by the Greek middle and upper class before the economic crisis. The gloomy atmosphere of the market, plus a majority of foreign customers, had all to discourage the domestic clientele. With wages going down the latest years, this behavior has changed. Also, Lidl has managed to attract new clientele with new marketing strategy, new products, and special offers.
To start with marketing, two celebrity Greek chefs Lazarou and Skarmoutzos are hired to present on kouzinalidl.gr their recipes with ingredients from Lidl market. The rich presentation of each recipe with video and text is very appealing.
As for products, it’s mainly a mix of local Greek and German products. Special weekly offers can be found in the market catalog that can also be consulted online.
Products sold at Lidl are not limited to food. There are clothes, small home utilities and DYI tools and home maintenance material. However, the stocks of these are limited and tend to disappear quickly because of their low price.
As for wine, there is the lately a selection of 30 bottles of French red and white wine with prices ranging from 3.5€ to 20€. Of course, Greek wine can also be found except for the well known wine domains such as ‘Hatzimichalis’ or ‘Repanis’.
OK Anytime Marketswww.okmarkets.gr [ Locate on map ]
These are mini markets that are open daily from 08:00 am to 11:00 pm. Thus it is the only market that operates on Sundays and that is open late at night. It has however failed to impose itself, specialy in pouplar areas, most probably because it is more expensive than the average maeket. Still it is quite practical specially for tourists.
Carrefour Marinopouloswww.carrefour.gr [ Locate on map ]
Carrefour Supermarket is having lately important financial problem, causing many products missing from its shelves. This used to be owned by the well known French multinational retailer. It however left Greece some years ago leaving their share to Marinopoulos. The name however did not change. Lately, Sklavenitis acquired Carefour shares.
» Carrefour Promotion Leaflet
Thanopouloswww.thanopoulos.gr [ Locate on map ]
There are only three Thanpoulos stores in Athens, all located in the northern suburbs. Their target market are the wealthy households of the area. Some of the products found in this store are particular and difficult to find elsewhere. It is however not necessarily more expensive than other markets.
Grocery stores in Athens Center
Athens Center do not have big supermarkets. The following map shows a number of medium to small markets in this area.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
All year round, Sunday is public holiday in Greece. Shops, Supermarkets are closed, and public transportation bus and metro frequency is reduced. Exceptions apply to touristic attraction areas in Athens such as Monastiraki area, where touristic shops as those on Pandrosou Street are open during Sunday.
Regarding supermarkets, only the OK Anytime Supermarket chain is open on Sundays from 08:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
Public holidays in Greece - Wikipedia
Public Hollidays 2016