Athens Shopping Downtown Athens is a shoppers paradise. Athens has a wide variety of shops that sell everything from low-priced souvenirs to authentic antiques and precious jewellery. Prices are comparable to those in other EU countries, but during the summer and winter sales an array of goods can be bought at strongly reduced prices, particularly clothing and shoes. The gift shops in the tourist area of Plaka offer souvenirs and Greek art, while the flea market in Monastiraki is the place to look for antiques and old books. Furthermore, there are excellent jewellery shops in the city, many of them selling reproductions of ancient Greek jewels in traditional and modern designs. Worth a visit is the Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum. The Museum houses more than 3,000 designs of jewels. Some 45 collections representing the history of Greek jewellery inspired by the art and architecture of eleven civilizations, nature, technology and biology. You may be interested in the famous furs of Kastoria, the product of an craft that was perfected over the centuries. In the Syntagma Square area is a multitude of fur shops offering a wide range of coats, jackets and fur hats, with classic and modern designs. You may also find bargain souvenirs, hand made goods and bronze vases. Athens has been famous for its copper utensils, clay and ceramic goods since the Archaic Age. The ideal place to find unique items of Greek ceramic art and pottery is the suburb of Maroussi, where most designers and ceramicists have shops offering hand made goods. You may also find bargain quality woven wool and cotton jumpers with unique designs and leather goods and shoes made by Greek designers. You will find these items at Ermou Str. and Kolonaki Square. You will also find an abundance of antiques in various shops in Kolonaki, Syntagma and Monastiraki. You may find various kinds of antiques, such as furniture, hand painted wooden trunks, attractive miniatures, and small decorative items. At the National Council of Social Care ,you will find valuable hand made heavy carpets and rugs made on wooden looms, and a wide range of embroidery, embroidered tapestries, hand made cushions and bags, decorative wall embroideries and uniquely charming, authentic designs of Greek popular art. 14, Filellinon Str. Tel. 210 3250240-1, 197. At the Hellenic Organization of Small Medium Sized Enterprises and Handicrafts, you will find here attractive, quality, and hand made carpets. the Organization has established workshops in the country teaching the art of traditional carpet making. You will be impressed by the superb designs, the lively colours and quality of the materials used for those carpets. In the shop at Mitropoleos Str you will find a large variety of designs and sizes. You are sure to find a good bargain. 9, Metropoleos Str. Tel. 210 3230408. Opening Hours: Many shops are open 8am - 9pm, otherwise: Mon, Wed: 9am - 2.30pm Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am - 1.30 and 5.30pm - 8.30pm Sat: 9am - 3pm. Sunday: closed, except neighborhood corner stores and some kiosks, usually open till around 10pm. Hours are extended during Christmas New Year's Eve and Easter all major Greek holidays as well as in summer. For up-market clothes and shoes, the most well known centers are the pedestrian Ermou street mall downtown. the nearby district of Kolonaki, 0r near the Metro station of Kifissia in the northern suburbs and the main streets of Glyfada in the southern suburbs.(turkeyarena.com) Athinas street, running from 0monia to Ermou, has a sizable food market, (meat, fish, produce), the agora, as well as various shops selling tools, candles, clothes and shoes. There are certain streets running from Athinas towards Stadiou where shops are grouped together by what they sell. Piraeus has a flea market along the train line from the station every Sunday, as well as at Avyssinias Square in Monastiraki, which also sells used and antique furniture. Tourist shops and souvenirs are everywhere in Plaka and Monastiraki.One thing you will see all over the streets of Athens and Greece generally, are the small yellow kiosks (PERIPTERA) displaying newspapers and magazines. these are in fact the equivalent of a miniscule supermarket, selling nearly everything you may run out of and some even staying open 24 hours per day.