While on your summer holiday to Kos, be sure to take some time out of your trip to explore the island’s shopping scene. Whether you are looking for holiday gifts to take home to loved ones or just fancy some retail therapy, the second largest island in the Dodecanse island chain has an array of traditional markets and modern stores to satisfy your consumer needs.
The Market of Kos
For those looking to take home quality souvenirs, head to the Market of Kos. Particularly bustling in the evenings when the temperatures are cooler, the island’s main market is the best place to find souvenirs such as handcrafted goods and traditional Greek trinkets. Located in Kos’s main plaza, Eleftherias Square, you will find a market surrounded by various restaurants serving up a mixture of traditional Greek and international dishes. Enjoy a cool drink at one of the many bars and refuel after a busy morning of shopping. Well worth a visit, the market is one of the best places for tourists to go shopping in Kos.
The Agora Market
The Agora Market, also located in Kos Town, serves up an array of souvenirs as well as traditional produce from the island. Slightly quieter than its larger neighbour, The Market of Kos, Agora Market is famed for its delicious selection of local, Greek treats including honey, olives, sweets, cakes, fruits and vegetables as well as the local olive oil. The Agora market is the ideal place to spend an afternoon unwinding. Like the Market of Kos, there are a number of reasonably priced restaurants in the vicinity as well as traditional cobbled streets and houses to admire.
Konstantinos and Local Shops
The main department store on the island, Konstantinos, is perfect place if you are looking for high end produce or designer clothes. The place to be seen for locals, with it’s air conditioning and spacious shops, the mall is a refreshing place to go shopping on Kos. Although you won’t find souvenirs or handcrafted goods the Konstantinos mall is well worth a trip to find unique styles different from those you would find at home.
Every town on the island has a local grocery store where you will find fresh fruits and vegetable as well as some local produce. The perfect place to find beach snacks, you will also find bottles of Greece’s favourite condiment, olive oil. For beer enthusiasts you will find bottles of the regional beer in the local grocery store and if you develop a taste for the local drink of choice, ouzo, you will not struggle to find various brands of the national drink.
Whether you are looking for a traditional souvenir or luxury bag, despite its’ small size, there is an abundance of places to go shopping in Kos.