Upper 5th Avenue, New Bond Street, Via Montenapoleone, Rodeo Drive, Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré…every major city has its flagship shopping street. For Athens this is Voukourestiou Street – at first glance an unprepossessing and narrow street in Kolonaki which, on inspection, unveils a plethora of domestic and international luxury brands, from Dior and Cartier to Kessaris and Lalaounis.
Since the early 1950s, Voukourestiou Street has been the favourite shopping destination of well-heeled Athenians and international visitors, with a particular focus on rare European and American imported goods alongside gold and jewelry. Named after the Treaty of Bucharest, which ended the second Balkan War in 1913, the street differs from other international luxury shopping destinations due to its impressive rosta of independent Greek designers, adding a touch of colour and the thrill of new discoveries to any shopping experience in the area.
Visitors to Voukourestiou Street will immediately be enveloped by the glittering treasure troves of LaLaounis, Venetia Vildiridis, Ioannis Patilis, Imanoglou, Marco Bicego and Kassis, alongside international classics including Hermès, Dior, Cartier, Prada, Tod’s Boutique and Louis Vuitton. Bulgari is also present – the brand was in fact founded by the Epirus-born Sotirio Bulgari, who launched his small, diamond-encrusted empire in Italy in the late nineteenth century.
If boutique-hopping fails to satisfy, the imposing figure of the Attica Department Store, housed in a neoclassical building at the crossroads of Voukourestiou and Panepistimiou, is sure to enthrall even the most voracious shopper. Just next door is the historic Zonars Cafe, which opened in August 1939. Over the years this elegant space has hosted the international elite, including Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Valentino Garavani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marina Abramović, Manos Hatzidakis and Melina Mercouri, and remains s a place of timeless luxury and class.
The offices of Greece Sotheby’s International Realty occupy a premium location at Voukourestiou 11, 3rd floor perfectly situated for handling luxury real estate transactions in Athens and across Greece. To arrange an appointment, contact us today on (+30) 210 968 1070.