In Greece's capital of Athens, tourists will encounter every type of shop imaginable from fashion clothing and luxury boutiques to souvenir stands and other stores where visitors can buy authentic national products. Artisan and souvenir shops are typically found in other cities and towns throughout the country.
Perhaps the most striking of merchandise is the handmade artisanal jewellery. Beautiful pieces are crafted from precious metals like gold and silver according to timeless ancient techniques.
Greece is also well known for its textile and leather work, which produces many elaborate items. In the quaint markets, you will encounter vibrantly coloured and detailed tapestries, fabrics, and embroideries handmade by artisans, as well as leather handbags and shoes.
Orthodox culture is also an integral part of Greek shopping. In most shops you will see many different traditional and eye-catching Orthodox icons. Similarly, ancient Hellenic tradition permeates the shopping scene. Tourists are often seen buying earthenware, ceramic, plaster, copper, and silver pots and sculptures.
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