The Greek island of Mykonos is a popular travel destination, and its Matoyianni Street is a haven for shopaholics.
More than a million tourists flock to the stunning isle of Mykonos every year to soak up its sun-drenched beaches, stunning sights, excellent entertainment and laid back Mediterranean charm. There’s a wealth of things to do in Mykonos, whether you want to shop til you drop, wander through picturesque streets, visit gorgeous white villages, quaint churches, lazy windmills and exquisite sandy beaches.
The heart of the island is known by locals and tourists to be Matoyianni / Matogianni Street in Chora. The street is dominated by designer stores, souvenir shops, and handmade jewellery designers / sellers. One of the finest jewellery shops on the island is Delos Dolphins located on Matoyanni at Enoplon Dimameon. The store sells superb reproductions of ancient and Byzantine jewellery as well as original designs.
Soho-Soho is by far the best known designer store, selling high-end clothing to an array of clients including well-known celebrities. Tom Hanks and Sarah Jessica Parker are just a few of the famous faces that have been spotted shopping here. Mykonos is also known for its colourful hand-crafted sandals, popular with locals and visitors alike. A great selection is available at Eccentric by Design in Fiorou Zouganelis and Kostas Rabias on Matoyianni. Sandal designs range from traditional to modern with a choice of unique finishes such as sparkling Swarovski diamonds for a little extra luxury.
During the summer months most of Matoyianna’s shops and markets are open until around midnight, and you’ll never be short of things to do throughout the evening hours. Matoyianni Street is home to a number of restaurants, bars and clubs offering plenty of exciting evening entertainment. Choose from a range of bar-restaurants, café bars, cocktail bars and nightclubs located all along the strip. Agra Bar is one of the island’s most popular nightspots all year round with a unique cocktail list, excellent food offerings and top international DJs playing great music into the early hours.
Local delicacies can be found in various stores and markets in and around Matoyianni. Try the island’s famed almond sweets and cookies at Skaropoulos, once commended by Winston Churchill himself! Also check out Pantopoleion, a stunning 300 year-old Mykonian store selling a range of Greek organic foods, natural cosmetics and local crafts. After a hard days shopping in Matoyianni Street head down to Efthemios in Chora harbour where you can treat yourself to a coffee and an almond biscuit or three as you watch the world go by.