Wandering through the narrow streets of Santorini, where everything is white and blue can be a magical experience. We think Santorini, and we immediately imagine their iconic architecture, the sun setting behind the sea, gorgeous beaches, and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Hotels with infinity pools are also popular when talking about where to stay on the island. But Santorini is also a shopper’s paradise, where travelers can buy anything from local produces like olive oil and tomato seeds to arts, crafts, and traditional Greek items. Read on to find out what to buy in Santorini, Greece.
1. Wooden art pieces
Santorini is full of one-of-a-kind galleries, shops, and boutiques, where local artists sell their work. Art and crafts aficionados will find lots of authentic wooden paintings depicting traditional Greek elements and images of the island of Santorini on wooden furniture pieces and artifacts. One great place to buy these is Kalimera Oia, an art gallery dating back to 1999 when the owners opened their door to travelers looking to take unique creations back home.
Wooden Art Pieces
Where to buy: Kalimera Oia - Art Gallery
Address: Oia, Thira 847 02, Greece
Website: Kalimera Oia - Art Gallery
2. Santorini wine
Winemaking and wine trading are some of the oldest activities in Santorini, dating back thousands of years ago. With Greece’s fertile, volcanic soil and perfect climate, the main grape varieties in Santorini produce high-quality wines that many travelers like to take back to their country and savor later, reminiscing on their days in Greece. One of the most popular red wines in Santorini is Mantilaria, while the best white wine is Assyrtiko, which comes in three versions. Wine aficionados can opt for the simple Assyrtiko, an aged Assyrtiko, or a sweet Vinsanto.
When looking for romantic things to do on the island, sharing a bottle or two of Santorini’s signature wine is worth a try. Get yourself a fine red or a fizzy sparkling piece at Santo Wines and take it back to your hotel for a great night ahead.
Where to buy: Santo Wines
Address: PIRGOS, Thira 847 00, Greece
Website: Santo Wines
Price: around 18 USD
3. Bottle of Santorini Raki
One of the most popular distilled Greek drinks is Raki, a traditional, strong drink that travelers can taste in almost any restaurant on the island of Santorini. Whether you’re looking to take a souvenir back home to your family and friends, or a keepsake to remind you of sunny days in Santorini, a bottle of Raki can be a perfect choice.
Where to buy: The Traditional Shop of Oia
Address: Miaouli, Oia 84702, Greece
Price: around 13 USD
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4. Santorini tomato seeds
When it comes to food, Santorini is well-known for its unique species of tomatoes. The Santorini tomato needs very little water to grow, making it ideal for the soil and climate of the Greek island. Travelers looking to savor these small delicious Greek wonders can buy tomato seeds in Santorini, and grow them at home. Later, they may cook them, include them in salads, or eat them as is. In Santorini, each household has its own recipe and method. Some add tomatoes to salads, others have them sun-dried, or turned into a paste for winter.
Santorini tomato seeds
Where to buy: TomatoFest
Price: 3.95 USD
5. Local Ouzo
Launched in 1974, Canava Santorini is one of the island’s most famous distilleries, where traditional recipes meet modern technology, creating Greece’s landmark liqueur – Ouzo. Ouzo is a Greek landmark, with a unique aroma that blends saffron and anise, making its taste easily recognizable by almost anyone. To capture its full flavor, Greeks like to drink it with only one or two ice cubes, in a small glass. When the anise gets in touch with the ice, the drink turns a cloudy white color.
Where to buy: Canava Santorini Distillery
Address: Mesaria, Thira 847 00, Greece
Price: around 18 USD
Website: Canava Santorini Distillery
6. Donkey milk products
When it comes to beauty, Greeks are known for holding the secret to the fountain of youth. Because they use high-quality and natural ingredients, their beauty products are known all over the world. One of the must-buys from the island of Santorini is the Greek soap with donkey milk. The milk has anti-aging and rejuvenating effects on the skin. While walking the streets of Santorini, you’ll see many local stores selling the White Donkey brand, which contains a range of beauty products made of the finest ingredients.
Donkey milk products
Where to buy: Chromata & Aromata
Address: In the main pedestrian street of Oia
Website: Chromata & Aromata
Price: around 4 USD
7. Volcanic scrub stones
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Since Santorini is an island made from a volcano, the locals learned to make the most of the volcano stones and turned them into a local landmark. They used volcano stones and ash in different products, especially beauty products. One of the best things you can buy is the volcanic stone scrubs, perfect for eliminating hard skin, but locals also created a variety of soaps and creams that contain volcanic ash.
Volcanic scrub stones
Where to buy: Eruption Store Santorini
Address: Fira 84703, Greece
8. Olive oil
Whenever you think of Mediterranean cuisine, one of the first things that pop into your head is the extra virgin olive oil that you can only find in Greece. It is definitely one of the goodies worth taking back home, as it is obtained directly from hand-picked olives of the finest quality and prepared by using methods that guarantee top-quality aroma and taste.
Where to buy: Olive Oil Poetry
Address: Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece, 84700
Website: Olive Oil Poetry
Price: 16 USD
9. Caldera and church miniatures
One of the best ways to take a part of Greece home with you is by buying a handmade miniature, carefully crafted by locals. The attention to detail and precision put into the Santorini houses and churches miniatures are incredible. These perfect replicas of Santorini’s real-size houses are made of clay and hand-drawn by local families.
Caldera and church miniatures
Where to buy: Santorini.net e-shop
Price: around 8 USD
10. Leather products
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Greece has a long history when it comes to art and crafts, as its locals are people of many talents. One of the landmark leather shops in Santorini is Sandal Workshop, selling handmade sandals, boots, and bags, made from the finest leathers. They still keep the tradition alive and use the same age-old technique to make their products.
Where to buy: Sandal Workshop
Website: Sandal Workshop
Address: Erithrou Stavrou, Thira 847 00, Greece
Price: starting from 28 USD
Santorini, the island of souvenir bliss
Shopping may be the least non-touristy thing to do in Greece (or anywhere, really!), but it’s an activity we enjoy because we take a piece of our destination back home with us. Whether it’s your first or fourth time on the island of Santorini, make sure you leave some room in your bags for Greece’s famous souvenirs, be it a piece of art, a bottle of olive oil, tomato seeds, or their high-quality beauty products. Make sure you check out our list of the best things to buy in Santorini while going on a tour of this paradisiacal island!
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