Kolonaki Shopping Athens

A Shopper’s guide to Kolonaki, Athens

We’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to. Find the best streets to shop and explore in Kolonaki

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The central neighbourhood of Kolonaki is one of the oldest districts in Athens and a must visit if you love to shop or want to spend a relaxing day people watching, whilst sipping a Greek coffee. Despite the economic crisis, Kolonaki has seen a new wave of designer shops, café’s and restaurants emerge, which are upheld beyond the tourist season by its affluent residents.

From art galleries, luxury brands, hip boutiques and shoe emporiums, what I love about Kolonaki’s recent renaissance is the variety of international labels with equally impressive independent Greek designers appearing more and more around the district, bringing a bit more edge and colour to the area.

Shops are spread around this large district, zig zagging up and down small laneways, making it hard to navigate on foot in one day or afternoon. Depending on what you’re hoping to find, it may help to earmark a few streets or stores in advance from our detailed guide below.

 

Recommended food and drink stops in Kolonaki:

Kolonaki Shopping Athens Yolenis

Yoleni’s concept store in Kolonaki is a great option to take a break from a day of shopping. Photograph: Why Athens

Carpo, for dried fruits, nuts and freshly ground coffee on the go, 4 Canari St | Fresh, for delicious French inspired sweets to go, 9 Patriarchou Ioakim St | Yolenis, Greek flavours at this new multi-story café/restaurant with grocery store, 9 Solons St | Chez Michel, French brasserie where the locals hang,15 Irodotou St | Piatsa, traditional Greek cuisine. Daily specials made from scratch, Plateia Filikis Eterias | Kostarelos, Greek deli and eat in café with delicious sandwiches and salads, 30-32 Patriarchou Ioakim St | Cake, famous for their cupcakes and other delicious sponge cakes, 15 Irodotou St | Sugar Inn, sweet or savoury crepes made to order, 15 Tsakalof St | Alfierre Caffe, a sophisticated ‘bar-enoteca-panineria’ with Italian style pizzas and superb wine list, popular with the business crowd, 5 Sekeri St.

FEATURED SHOPS

Georgina Skalidi | Enny Di Monaco | i-D | Anna Maria Mazaraki | Apivita | Luisa World | Gucci | Hogan | Armani | Balenciaga | Coccinelle | Linea Piu | Bettina | Queen Calliope | Kalfayan | Katsipi | Yiorgos Eleftheriades | Liana Vourakis | Free Shop | Liana Camba | Passion Alley | Mint | Anna Riska | Zilly | Dtales | Matchbox | Thalassa Collection | Mirina Tsantili | Kalogirou | Petridis | Femme Fanatique | Fratelli Karida | Fancy Junior | Nikos Koulis | Ileana Makri | Apriati | Lito | Zoumboulakis | Gallery Skoufa | Ekfrasi | Argo

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MUST VISIT

If you’re short on time, here are five boutiques that shouldn’t be missed.

WHERE: Georgina Skalidi, 7 Leventi St | Enny Di Monaco, 23 Herodotou St | i-D, 12 Kanari & Sekeri St | Anna Maria Mazaraki, 5 Skoufa St | Apivita, 6 Solonos St

  • Kolonaki Shopping Athens Georgina SkalidiGeorgina Skalidi is a talented Greek accessories designer who loves to incorporate geometric patterns into her designs. Her handbags and evening clutches are handmade using unusual materials and textures.
  • Kolonaki Shopping Athens Enny Di MonacoEnny Di Monaco is a high-end boutique with two other outposts in Athens and one in Mykonos. Its flagship store in Kolonaki features the latest in fashion from brands like Zac Posen, The Row and Balmain. It also incorporates collections from emerging European designers.
  • Kolonaki Shopping Athens iD Concept Storei-D is one of the new multi-level concept stores to open up in the area, bringing the very best in modern art, design, homewares, fragrances, fashion, accessories and more. A mix of emerging designers and brands from around the world. A good place to get a taste of leading Greek jewellery designers including, Eleni Syraka and Dolly Boucoyannis.
  • Kolonaki Shopping Athens Anna Maria MazarakiAnna Maria Mazaraki are a series of stores that can be found around Athens. They have a great range of inexpensive jewellery. I particularly love the hanging lucky charms or “gouri” for babies which are beautifully gift wrapped.
  • Kolonaki Shopping Athens ApivitaApivita is one of the leading Greek brands that has become renowned internationally for their natural based products. It’s well worth stopping by the flagship store which they describe as an “experience store”. You can have your cosmetics tailor made for you at their natural pharmacy or visit the spa for a treatment.

LUXURY BRANDS

For the latest collections in luxury labels, you’ll find a good mix in Kolonaki including, Gucci, Hogan, Armani, Balenciaga and Coccinelle. Luisa World is renowned for curating pieces from Lanvin, Céline, Etro and more. Linea Piu is where you go exclusively for Chanel (they also have another outpost in Mykonos).

WHERE: Gucci, 27 Tsakalof St | Hogan, 4 Panagiotou Anagnostopoulou St | Balenciaga, 28 Tsakalof St | Coccinelle, 6 Kapsali St | Luisa World, 15 Skoufa St | Linea Piu, 6 Sekeri St

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The Gucci store on Tsakalof Street in Kolonaki. Photograph: Why Athens

GREEK DESIGNERS AND BOUTIQUES

WHERE: Bettina, 29 Anagnostopoulou St | Queen Calliope, 9 Irodotou St | Katsipi, 43 Anagnostopoulou St | Yiorgos Eleftheriades, 29 Tsakalof St | Liana Vourakis, 42 Pindarou St | Liana Camba, 26-28 Anagnostopoulou St | Passion Alley, 5 Xanthou St | Dtales, 6 Xanthou St | Meant to be Mint, 17 Irodotou St | Anna Riska, Plateia Filikis & Tsakalof 1 | Free Shop, 17 Skoufa St | Zilly, 5 Anagnostopoulou St | Matchbox, 5 Anagnostopoulou St | Mirina Tsantili, 3 Kanari St | Thalassa Collection, 30-32 Patriarch Ioakim St

  • Bettina, established more than 50 years ago, curates the latest trends from both Greek (Ancient Kallos, Sea you Soon) and leading European designers.
  • The World of Queen Calliope, a treasure chest of boho-chic clothing, kaftans and costume jewellery established by renowned Greek photographer Calliope Karvounis.
  • Katsipi by Greek designer Theologini Katsipi. Vintage inspired clothing and accessories.
  • Yiorgos Eleftheriades, is an internationally renowned Greek designer who has shown his collections in Milan, Paris and Barcelona. Classic pieces with a modern edge, often with geometrical shapes and lines.
  • Liana Vourakis, is an upmarket gift store with two boutiques a few doors apart from each other, offering a collection of Greek inspired jewellery and homewares that are made under their own brand. They also offer the best collection of plates, glasses, stemware and more from the likes of Hermes and others. You’ll find locals searching for wedding and christening gifts here.
  • Liana Camba, one of the most elegant and classic Greek designers who uses lux silks, cottons and other carefully sourced fabrics. Her designs are timeless.
  • Passion Alley, established by Greek fashion designer Vasia Tzotzopoulou who together with her own label, brings high end ready to wear brands from around the world, inspired by the latest seasonal trends (Camilla, Ella Luna, Kate Maconie).
  • Meant to be Mint, vintage inspired clothing with a selection of and pre-owned bags and accessories. (Celine, Balenciaga). Offers an eclectic range of sunglasses by London brand, Spitfire.
  • Dtales, A concept store with Greek and International labels including Australian label Zimmerman.
  • Anna Riska, one of the popular Greek brands that emerged in the 1980s with several stores around Athens.
  • Mirina Tsantili, contemporary ready to wear, with good quality fabrics. Statement bags and accessories.
  • Free Shop has established itself as a chic store with various outposts around Athens and a store on Mykonos. You’ll find the latest from international brands including Balenciaga and Mr Self Portrait. Select handmade sandals and slides from Greek designers including Ancient Greek Sandals and Isapera. Well priced clothing under its own label “Wildwood”.
  • Zilly. It’s pure chic at Zilly with brands, Alice + Olivia, Isabel Marant, Diane Von Furstenburg, IRO and more.
  • Matchbox, with a focus on emerging designers from Paris, Brazil and around the world, this store has a youthful vibe with an interesting mix of brands that are slightly left of centre.
  • Thalassa Collection. Always with an original window display, Thalassa makes exclusive items for museums in Greece and around the world. Renowned for their silks, linens and cashmere, you’ll find a range of ties, swimwear for men and luxurious scarves and wraps for women, often with quirky Greek inspired prints.

SHOES

WHERE: Femme Fanatique, 12 Karneadou St | Kalogirou, 4 Patriarchou Ioakim St | Petridis, 2 Levendi & Anagnostopoulou St | Fancy Junior, 9 Kapsali St | Fratelli Karida, 2 Kanari St

Kolonaki Shopping Athens Femme Fanatique

Handmade shoes by Femme Fanatique in Kolonaki. Photograph: Why Athens

Femme Fanatique was established in 2014 creating bespoke shoes for tango dancers. Today, they create the perfect pair of shoes for shoe lovers using the best leathers and craftsmanship. Over 100 colours to choose from with bridal, vintage and of course tango inspired designs. Visit their salon by appointment only. T. +30 211 4099 990

Kalogirou and Kolonaki go hand in hand with its store well established in the centre of the area. This long-standing Greek brand has been part of Athens since 1890. Featuring shoe collections for men and women from some of the most prestigious fashion houses including Prada, Tods and Giuseppe Zanotti. Several other stores around central Athens.

Petridis, another long established Greek brand that began in Athens in 1931. Petridis footwear is produced in Italy with high quality leathers. Classic styles for men and women.

Fancy Junior, for a quality selection of shoes for children, well made in Greece, Spain or Italy.

Fratelli Karida, in addition to its own footwear label, Karida offers a large selection for men and women from prestigious brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Sergio Rossi and others.

JEWELLERY

WHERE: Nikos Koulis, 15 Plateia Filikis Eterias | Ileana Makri, 13-15 Patriarchou Ioakim St | Apriati, 1-3 Patriarchou Ioakim St | Lito, 25 Irodotou St

Kolonaki Shopping Athens Nikos Koulis

Bespoke Designs by Nikos Koulis in Kolonaki. Photograph: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis

Nikos Koulis won the Couture Design Award with the “Oui Collection” for two consecutive years. With a family background and business in jewellery, he established is own brand in 2006. His flagship store in Kolonaki showcases his distinctive designs that use the best in precious stones and materials. His collections have been worn by Rihanna, Chrissy Teigen and other celebrities and stocked in New York, Paris, London and other major cities around the world, with additional boutiques in Mykonos and Santorini.

Ileana Makri features her fashionable designs that are often inspired by multi-cultural symbols including the evil eye and includes pieces from other leading designers from around the world.

Apriati, flag ship store in Kolonaki showcases its collections of handmade, fashionable jewellery. Known for their bestselling “7 cords” bracelets with precious stones, Aspriati can be found in high end boutiques in Paris and London with additional boutiques in Spetses and Mykonos.

Lito by Lito Karakostanoglou is one of the emerging talents in fine jewellery, reinterpreting ancient talismans using precious stones. Her cocktail rings in emeralds, peals and a range of high end semi-precious stones are stunning.

LEADING ART GALLERIES

For contemporary art by leading Greek artists, these galleries are well regarded in the local art scene.

WHEREZoumboulakis Galleries, 6 Kriezotou St, +30 210 3634 454, Skoufa Gallery, 4 Skoufa St, +30 210 3643 025, Ekfrasi, 9a Valaoritou St, +30 210 3607 598, Kalfayan, 11 Haritos St, +30 210 7217 679, Argo, 5 Neofytou Doula St, +30 210 7249 333

Kolonaki Shopping Athens Skoufa Art Gallery

Artwork on display at Skoufa Art Objects in Kolonaki. Photograph: Why Athens

 

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