The Best Supermarkets In Athens Greece
If you are living or travel in Athens, after you tried all the restaurants in the center and close to your hotel, you will have to buy food in one of the many stores around the city. Every time we settle down in a new country, we can’t wait to discover new restaurants, but at the end we love to come back to homemade food. That’s why we wrote this helpful article to tell you what we think about the most famous supermarkets, where you can find particular food, and which is the best combo to save money.
Is Greece really cheap?
Before starting, we have to tell you that, even if some forums say Greece is a cheap country, we didn’t find it so convenient. We found every grocery store pretty expensive and even the local products had pretty high prices, even though the quality wasn’t high. In any case, we are sure that whether you’re staying in a hotel for travel or in an Airbnb for living in Athens, you will find the best combo for your grocery.
THE MOST POPULAR GROCERY STORE: SKLAVENITIS
As you probably read in Tripadvisor forums, the most famous supermarket in Attica and Greece is Sklavenitis. This big retail group in Greece built their bases many years ago. You will see its logo in almost every city in Greece and most probably close to your hotel. It is close one day per week, on Sunday, it’s a proudly Greek business and it’s completely owned by the Sklavenitis family.
Even though Sklavenitis is the most popular supermarket, we have to say that we found it pretty expensive. Our weekly grocery budget was really inappropriate: we were spending around 50 to 70 euros, and we weren’t buying anything special. Feta cheese can cost until 4-5 euros, fresh fruit and vegetables are much more expensive than at the local market, and chicken is the most expensive thing: we were paying almost 10 euros for not even half kilo of meat.
The positive thing is that Sklavenitis stores are located pretty much everywhere around Athens, so you will have no trouble finding one near your hotel, Airbnb or home. Another great thing is their wine selection from Greece: just incredible.
During our shopping, we noticed that actually junk food was a way less expensive than real healty food, but that’s how it works in a lot of countries.
WHERE TO FIND ITALIAN PRODUCTS in Athens?
Since Alessia is Italian, everywhere she goes, she has to find a great selection of Italian products. After reading some reviews on online forums, we found a lot of fresh Italian and Greek products in “My Market” shop. On the contrary of “Sklavenitis”, “My Market” is not so well located in Athens and it’s more on the outskirts of the city, so most probably it will not be close to hotels. Even if it’s not really in the center, we didn’t find the final price of our shopping inappropriate.
The first time we did our shopping there we were surprised by the quality level of the products. So, if you are searching for more variety, international products, great cheese from Greece, huge selection of coffee and even more attractive prices, “My Market” is a great grocery store. And don’t worry, even if this store is not really in the center of Athens, everybody knows it. You’ll be able to tell any taxi to bring you to the closest one and you will be immediately there.
WHERE TO BUY FRESH SEASONAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN ATHENS?
The best place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and save some money is definitely at the local market. From March – April to October – November, you can buy the best fruit and vegetables on sale. There is no shop that can keep the competition, that’s why we really advise you not to buy fruit and vegetables in any shops: the ones at the local market will be much better!
You will find a huge variety of olives, honey, cheese and other Greek products. You should check the local markets of your neighbourhood, but if you are in some hotels in Plaka, we have the solution for you: the Central Market of Athens. It is not far away from the center, and it’s open every day. You will find a lot of different products and you can be sure that even if you travel, you will be able to taste the real flavors of Greece.
“The Thursday Kypseli Market”
“Here's Where Real Greeks Buy Food”
If we can suggest you a typical market, go to the one in Kypseli every Thursday. Remember that it closes around 2:30pm, but if you go earlier you will also have the possibility to eat there. Otherwise if you want to eat in a proper restaurant, check our article about our favorites restaurants in Athens.
HOW TO FIND THE BEST COMBO FOR YOUR SHOPPING?
Our best formula to save the maximum of money is to buy everything we find at the local market (where you can even bargain if you buy a lot of stuff) and to buy the rest at the normal supermarket close to our home. Another smart thing if you want to save money is to create a list of what you need and buy only things that are really necessary. In this way, you can save money and stop waisting food. If you want to have more tips about how to live in Greece on a budget, check out our article about it.