NileGuide Expert Says:
One of the few originals in Plaka, a neighborhood stuffed to the brim with chintzy, cut-and-paste souvenir places.
Ippokratous 35, Elliniko Argiroupoli, Greece
21 0996 2663
NileGuide Expert tip:
Mr. Koutelieris is always happy to show off his store, but he speaks only Greek. Should you want the full story it would be good to have an interpreter on hand.
Looking for something truly unique in Athens that is sure to be one of a kind? Do you like things that are old, mysterious, and full of character? Are you a collector of rare pieces for your home? If you answered yes to all three of these questions you should certainly make it a point to find "Elliniko Spiti," housed in the store, workshop, and home of artist and former furniture restorer for the Ministry of Culture, Dimitris Koutelieris. It's full of old doors, heavy wooden tables and chairs, discarded window shutters and pieces of old ships that he's brought back to life and added his trademark paintings of symbolic images such as animals, eyes, mermaids and ancient coins.
To find it, walk down Voulis Street toward Plaka and take a right on Iperidou. Keep to the right when the roads split and you're on Kekropos. The shop is on the right and the windows filled with Dimitri's unusual work.
Hours 9am-2pm and 3:30pm to 9pm M-F
Credit Cards Accepted