If your plans in Athens involve a hostel, apartment, camper, charter yacht or sailboat, you’re going to be happy about the new addition to the Arrivals level: a traditional “pandopoleion” stocked with locally made dry goods, American cereals, fresh fruit, cheeses, meat, olives, beer, wine, herbs, salt, toilet paper… you’re getting the idea. It’s a one stop shop for necessary things but more importantly, the prices are competitive with the supermarkets outside of the airport. You heard that right, folks: you’re not being robbed because you’re buying goods from the airport. Surprised? Let me add that prices are displayed on little chalkboards, samples and tastes offered on old fashioned butcher blocks. The staff is friendly, the lighting is flattering, and studies show that shopping there increases your happiness level by .9%
Shopping like a local:
Stock up on cheese and stretch yourself beyond the world famous Greek feta. Try creamy, mild manouri or brined and barrel-aged cheese called touloumotyri. Olives, onions, tomatoes, canned sardines and twice baked bread called paximadia are all perfect complements to ouzo. Nuts from the island of Aegina, Tsakis oregano potato crisps and Yemista chocolate cookies go well with a good Greek beer like Fix or Mythos. Certainly the most important things on the list: Nescafe and refined, white sugar.
For more on shopping like a local check out the past Local Flavor article, Σουπερμαρκετ Sweep.