We love spending endless hours walking along the elegant streets of Kolonaki, a fashionable neighbourhood that has no shortage of high-end boutiques, stylish concept stores, cool cafes, trendy bars, and classy restaurants.
So we’ve put together an in-depth guide revealing our favourite places to shop around here- designed to help you discover this ultra-chic district.
Part 2 | Gourmet Food Stores
For locally produced honey and coffee, homegrown herbs and nuts, through to handmade pasteli, chocolate, cheese and loukoumia- these are the spots we head to in Kolonaki to grab our favourite Greek delicacies to take home with us!
For healthy delicacies enter the doors of Carpo, where you can purchase handmade pasteli (sesame seeds with honey), dried fruits (such as dates, figs, and apricots), premium nuts (roasted, unsalted, sea salted, and coated) homemade chocolate (pieces, slabs, pralines, and truffles), plus a range of Greek honey and state of the art coffee beans, which are all beautifully packaged- making it the perfect spot to pick up some edible gifts.
Did someone say cheese? If you love dairy, add Kostarelos to your list as this institution dates back to 1937 when the family began making cheese and yogurt using milk from their farm. Fast forward to 2020 and now you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this specialty store that allows you to sample all their famous goods on-site. The irresistible menu includes Greek cheese fondue and a tailor-made platter, featuring 20 different cheese options such as their specialty Feta, Graviera, Kefalotyri, and Maestyri.
With a four-storey flagship store in Kolonaki, Yoleni’s is the ultimate Greek Gastronomy centre showcasing the best of Greece’s goodies under one roof. Stock up on wines, oils, herbs, and sweets from the Aegean, as you try the freshly baked pita (pie) of the day. There is also a great steak bar where you can choose your favourite cut and have it cooked just the way you like it, or arrange to have a private wine tasting session on Level 3!
If you would like to stock up on some local Loukoumia, Koufeta (sugar-coated almonds), mountain tea, spoon sweets, oregano, and legumes, head over to Matsouka, where you can also purchase locally produced dried fruits, nuts, and irresistible confectionery.
In search of local and international gourmet items? Nora’s Deli is for you. Here you can get your hands on imported sauces, herbs, spices, cheeses, meats, salmon, wines, and other goodies from Greece and other parts of the world.
For a French vintage-inspired chocolate lab make your way over to The Dark Side of Chocolate. Owner and chocolatier Aristotelis Panagiotaros creates an amazing range of chocolates on-site using flavours such as cardamom, pink pepper, chilli, lime zest, sage, as well as Greek herbs; including basil and mint.