NileGuide Expert Says:
Best place to find the thing no one else brought back from their trip to Athens.
tel: +30 210 3223064
NileGuide Expert tip:
Walk around the corner to see another young, Greek designer's shop of leather goods made in Greece, Ippolito.
When every souvenir shop on Adrianou Street
is starting to look like a cut and paste of the one before, it's time to move over to the little sliver of modernity that is found in "Hellenic Art & Design." Here you can find functional art and conversation pieces made by some of the top designers in Greece but all priced well within reason (many under 15 euros). Some of our favorites include polished, cut beer bottles that have been given a new life as drinking glasses, half porcelain stackable dishes, bound-by-hand graphic notebooks and quirky sculptures of Kiosk goods like Papadopoulos biscuits and Milko cartons. The store's founder, Kallirhoe Kallirrou, started the store as a way to work with customers more close at hand than in her previous life as a sought after interior designer. Many of the creations inside are her own concepts, including retro design furniture and the aforementioned recycled bottle drinking glasses, but when the store began to blossom she invited friends and designers from the rest of the country to include their creations.
Design books, decorative lighting, original art, and small handmade gifts all provide reason enough to veer off of the beaten path and explore, but Kallirhoe herself makes the best impression of all through her pleasant demeanor and enthusiasm for her work.
The shop is located on quiet Chairfontos Street across from St. Catherine's Church (Ageia Ekaterini) just behind Kydathinaion Square.
Store Hours: Tu: 10:30-3:30 and 5:30-8:00, W:10:30-3:30, Th:10:30-3:00,
F: 10:30-3:30 and 5:30-8:00, Sat: 12:00-8:00, Sun: 12:00-6:00
Closed on Mondays.
Nearest Metro: Acropoli