The most famous island in the Aegean Sea is also probably Greece’s most cosmopolitan island, making Mykonos a popular holiday destination for all sorts of travelers. For those who enjoy the nightlife, Mykonos is Greece’s answer to Ibiza. In the peak months of July and August, nightlife on the island never seem to take a break as beach parties stretch all the way till dawn. Apart from the party scene, Mykonos is also a haven for water sports such as diving and windsurfing. There are also mountain biking tours where one can cycle along quiet backcountry roads and explore small tranquil villages. We’re absolutely sure that you will love it here. What to buy in Mykonos as souvenirs? Here’s a suggested list of some items to buy for yourself or for your loved ones.
1. Crocheted handbag
If you are on the hunt for luxurious designer items and your holiday shopping budget is nonexistent, then there’s only one place for you to head to. This is none other than the Mykonos Aesthet flagship store located at Nammos Village. This boutique store carries a whole range of items that are made by local designers, which includes One & Only handmade crocheted handbags. The uniqueness of the crocheted handbag is its various knitted patterns and sizes that can be suited for any look. You can pair it with a casual outfit to the supermarket or use it add a touch of class to your formal evening wear. Although it was a trending item last year, the crocheted handbag still continues to be a versatile fashion accessory to add to your wardrobe. It is certainly an item that you might regret not buying once you leave Mykonos.
2. Hand-woven scarves
Not every scarf goes well with an outfit, but the right one may just make all the difference between looking average and looking like a million dollars. And if you’re in Mykonos, having a scarf is most essential as you can go instantly from beach style to nightwear. It is perhaps one of the most versatile fashion accessories in the chic woman’s wardrobe. You could knot it under the chin or at the nape of the neck for a retro look or even throw it around the shoulders as a shawl. The scarf captures your personal style, so choose colors and fabrics that complement yours. Head over to the Salt Boutique store to choose from the widest range of hand-woven cotton scarves in the whole of Mykonos. You will be sure to find a bunch of them that can fit most dressing occasions.
3. Locally made sandals
Sandals are probably the oldest, simplest and most commonly found footwear around the world. You will find that it is practically existent in almost every culture, from the Japanese wooden-soled sandal to the Roman soldier’s leather strapped sandal. While the footwear is most commonly found in countries with a warm climate, it is not surprising to see people wearing them as an economic commodity or as a fashion choice. The beautiful part about sandals is that its myriad of designs allows it to be worn by all age groups of both sexes. While in Mykonos, head over to the Little Venice district and look out for a shop called Mykonos Sandals situated right next to the Veranda Bar. The shop has been making locally handmade traditional and contemporary sandals since 1948. We’re sure that you will be able to find a stylish pair of Mykonos sandals that is uniquely you.
Other than fashion items, Mykonos is also well known for attracting many art lovers to the island. And it’s easy to see why; the entire island looks and ‘breathes’ like an actual painting. Its picturesque whitewashed houses, coastal windmills, and narrow winding streets have steadily attracted aspiring art lovers of all kinds. These include artists who have a love of producing home furniture, accessories, and decoration that have been inspired by the art culture of Mykonos. If you are looking to buy a hand-knotted rug to spruce up your home, you should try heading down to the home accessory shops located along the famous Matoyianni Street in Chora. There may be many designs to choose from, but you can be sure that the craftsmanship of these rugs is of good quality.
5. Bakery items
Mykonos certainly has its fair share of well-known restaurants that serve sumptuous seafood, grilled meat, and other authentic Greek cuisines during lunch and dinner services. But the whole package is not complete without visiting some of the finest bakeries in Mykonos for breakfast. In fact, we recommend you going to the charming family-run Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery for some heavenly pastries and cakes.
Here you will find a wide assortment of unique breads, pies, croissants, cookies, buns, and quiches that are worth your tastebuds. The baklavas, which is a traditional Greek sweet pastry, are a must try. After you’ve picked your favorite, be sure to pack more pastries for a tea snack or even a late supper treat in case you start craving for them!
Last but not least, how could you leave Mykonos without stopping to look at some of the local high-quality jewelry? Greek jewelry is considered some of the finest accessories in the world for its design and quality, so be sure to do some shopping at the local jewelry shops. We suggest stopping by Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery, where its products have been carefully crafted and produced at the Lalaounis workshop in Athens.
Memories of Mykonos
It is safe to say that chances of forgetting your holiday experience in Mykonos are near impossible. After all, her charms and culture are sure to create everlasting memories. So do yourself a favor and bring a piece of Mykonos back home with you, no matter how big or small they are.
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