If tacky souvenirs aren’t your thing, we’ve compiled a few places where you can find unique and original gifts and souvenirs that won’t end up on the shelf gathering dust. Here are the top places for souvenir shopping in Santorini.
Located near the Red Beach and the village of Akrotiri, The Good Heart is a lovely little restaurant that serves delicious local fare made with fresh ingredients locally grown and produced. After enjoying a mouthwatering meal there, pop by the shop to buy some of the restaurant’s treats and an enjoyable souvenir back home. From homemade jams and marmalade, traditional Greek sweets, Santorini cherry tomatoes, olives and olive oil, pickles and wine, there’s sure to be something satisfying.
Opened in 2004 by a group of friends, Atlantis Books is an independent bookstore enjoying a stunning location in the heart of picturesque Oia. The little bookstore has a wide collection of fiction and non-fiction books in several European languages (including Greek, English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, and even Dutch) as well as a charming little terrace. Sit, relax, and maybe even join in on one of the many events the store hosts.
The Lava Candles workshop in Kamari is perfect for bring original souvenirs home. Using a 2,000-year-old fishermen’s tradition, the candles are handmade with petrified lava stone and pumice then scented and dyed. The workshop also has a small collection of leather goods and ceramic jewelry, so there are several options to choose from for a pleasant little reminder of vacation in one of the most beautiful islands in Greece.
There’s no going wrong with a pair of Greek leather sandals. With a century-old tradition of leather work, Greece still boasts a dynamic shoe-making sector. No need to wait for Athens to score a pair—head straight to the Sandal Workshop, a family business with a wide selection of handmade sandals made with the softest Cretan leather. With a decent range of sizes for women and men, there’s definitely something for your loved ones (or yourself).
Away from the crowded streets with views over the caldera is Stardust, a little gem of a store. Selling everything from colorful mugs, house décor, jewelry, accessories, and even clothing, Stardust is filled with potential souvenirs sure to make a lasting impression.
Sand Lily Boutique is the best bet to avoid the busy villages of Oia or Fira. Tucked away in Imerovigli, the boutique has a small collection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories made by Greek artisans. Feeling a bit lost? Polly, the owner, will be ready to advise.
A souvenir list from Santorini can’t be complete without wine. Avoid the crowds and head to the Venetsanos Winery, just outside Megalochori. This family-run winery was established in 1947 and features a little museum about the production techniques of the winery. The recently renovated complex boasts an innovative structural design that uses gravity to streamline the winery’s energy efficiency. Sampling the winery’s products (Assyrtiko, Nykteri, Mandilaria, Liasto, and Anaggalis) at the scenic terrace as well as some locally produced snacks. Finish at the shop and buy a bottle.
When souvenir shopping, a good rule is to buy gifts that are actually useful. How about bringing home a set of functional or decorative pottery? Creating unique forms out of nothing, Galatea’s impressive collection is 100% hand-painted and fired in the comforts of her own studio in Megalochori. Buy a piece in-store or order a custom line of pottery online.