Mykonos is an island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. It's popularly known for its summer party atmosphere. Beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise have bars that blare thumping music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn. Iconic landmarks include a row of 16th-century windmills, which sit on a hill above Mykonos town.
Mykonos is the great glamour island of Greece and flaunts its sizzling St-Tropez-meets-Ibiza style and party-hard reputation. The high-season mix of hedonistic holidaymakers, cruise-ship crowds, buff gay men and posturing fashionistas throngs Mykonos Town (aka Hora), a gorgeous whitewashed Cycladic maze, delighting in its cubist charms and its chichi cafe-bar-boutique scene.
The island is maxed out with cashed-up (or spendthrift) visitors, hip hotels, beach bars and restaurants. There are a few provisos about visiting here. Come only if you are prepared to pay. And are intent on jostling with street crowds. And sitting bum cheek to cheek with oiled-up loungers at the packed main beaches. Oh, and partying relentlessly. Out of season, devoid of gloss and preening celebrities, Hora basically closes, with nothing but the occasional person and pelican wandering the empty streets. Mykonos is the jumping-off point for the archaeological site of the nearby island of Delos.
BEST TIME TO GO TO MYKONOS
In summer or high season, the Greek island is packed with rich jet-setters and cruise-ship tourists alike. If you travel to Mykonos during this time, expect high prices, crowded beaches, and a non-stop party atmosphere. Those looking for a more relaxed vacation should visit Mykonos during its off-season. In winter, the glittering throngs are nowhere to be found, and the island becomes a relaxed, tranquil retreat.
THINGS NOT TO MISS IN MYKONOS
GETTING TO MYKONOS
Flights from Athens - Every major airport has direct flights to Athens. Then, there are around 18 flights from the Greek capital to Mykonos on a daily basis in the summertime. It won’t take more than 35 minutes to get there, and the airfare usually ranges between 25 euros and 140 euros, depending on which airline you fly with and what seat.
Both Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, which, by the way, are the same airline, have around 7 flights from Athens to Mykonos every day during high season. If you choose Olympic Air, expect to fly with a Dash 8 prop plane of no more than 70 passengers while Aegean Air provides bigger planes (Airbus 320) for nearly 170 passengers. Other air carriers with direct flights to Mykonos are Volotea, Easy Jet and Ryanair.
Flights usually depart every 3 hours with the first one being at 5:35am and the last flying to Mykonos Airport at 22:00. As for the return flights from Mykonos to Athens, the first one takes off at 6:40am and the last one at 23:10.
Finally, you will also find direct flights from large European capitals, such as Rome, Paris, Dublin, London, and Amsterdam to Mykonos.
Ferry Schedules from Athens to Mykonos - In the summer months, Mykonos is served by four ferries daily that depart from Piraeus port or Rafina port, and fares cost from 20 to 40 euros (Blue Star ferry is the cheapest). It is a journey that can take between 2 and 5 hours, depending on which passenger/car ferry line you choose (SeaJets is the fastest ferry).
GETTING AROUND MYKONOS
Depending on your type of trip, I’d recommend staying close to town. I stayed at an apartment in Lakka Square which was located in the heart of Mykonos Town. This is where all of the shops and restaurants are located (including “Little Venice.”) You can stay closer to the beach, but you’ll likely pay a premium. Most beaches are just a few miles from the centre of town, so you can easily take a scooter to the beach for the day.
Rent a Scooter: Regardless of where you stay, rent a scooter or ATV for the duration of your stay. You can take scenic day trips to different beaches around the island. Nothing is really all that far to get to.
Buses: For nightlife, there are bus transfers available from town to the big nightclubs for a reasonable price. This is definitely the most affordable and reliable way to get back and forth. Don’t drink and drive!
Taxis: Organize an airport transfer through your accommodation if you can. Taxis can be unreliable at the airport and cost €15-20 (if they’re honest) for a quick ride to town.
WHERE TO STAY IN MYKONOS
Located in Platis Yialos Mykonos, Trinity Mykonos - Boutique Beachfront Hotel has a private beach area and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Among the various facilities of this property are a terrace and a bar. The property is set a few minutes walk from Scorpios, Nammos, Branco, and Paradise beach. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Featuring sea views, all suites are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a a balcony. Every suite includes a private bathroom with a shower and free premium toiletries. All units will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. Some suites also include an outdoor jetted tub. Around-the-clock assistance is available at the reception, where staff speak Greek, English and Italian. Mýkonos City is 4.1 km from Trinity Mykonos - Boutique Beachfront Hotel. Mykonos Airport is 2 km from the property, and the property offers a free airport shuttle service.
Situated in Agios Stefanos, Nimbus Mykonos offers beachfront accommodation 100 m from Agios Stefanos Beach and features various facilities, such as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hotel rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available each morning at Nimbus Mykonos. The nearest airport is Mykonos Airport, 6 km from the accommodation.
Situated in Mýkonos City, Apiro Mykonos offers beachfront accommodation 300 m from Korfos Beach and features various facilities, such as a bar, a shared lounge and a garden. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. The rooms at the hotel have air conditioning and a wardrobe. Guests at Apiro Mykonos can enjoy a buffet or an American breakfast. The accommodation offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near Apiro Mykonos include Mykonos Windmills, Little Venice and Glam Club. The nearest airport is Mykonos Airport, 2.6 km from the hotel.
Located in the centre of Mýkonos City, less than 1 km from Korfos Beach, central suites provides air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, each room has a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Popular points of interest near central suites include Mykonos Windmills, Little Venice and Glam Club. The nearest airport is Mykonos, 2.4 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
With magnificent views over the sea and the famous windmills of Mykonos Town, Ilio Maris boasts elegant guestrooms with Wi-Fi and 32’’ TV and quick access to the beaches by bus. Guests can take a dip at the Ilio Maris swimming pool and enjoy the lovely sunset view over the Aegean Sea. Cocktails are available at the pool bar and plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas are provided. The elegantly refurbished guest rooms at Ilio Maris have spacious balconies or terraces, most with sea views. At the 24-hour reception desk guests can always find tourist information and tickets for trips to Delos. Private cruises, car and bike rental, as well as transfer service can be arranged on request. Ilio Maris is located on the border of Mykonos Town, close to the taxi and bus terminals, allowing easy access to the cosmopolitan town, as well as to the beautiful sandy beaches Paradise, Paranga, Psarou and Platis Yialos. Free private parking is possible on site.
At a distance of 250 m of Ornos Beach, Mykonos Cactus is built with regards to local architecture. It offers a garden and terrace, while all rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is included. The units in the hotel are equipped with a coffee machine. Rooms have air conditioning, and some rooms at Mykonos Cactus have a balcony. Guest rooms have a desk. Mýkonos City is 2.7 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Mykonos, 2 km from Mykonos Cactus.
Situated in Platis Yialos Mykonos, 2.4 km from Korfos Beach, Mykonos Drops features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a coffee machine. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at Mykonos Drops also boast pool view. The rooms will provide guests with a fridge. The nearest airport is Mykonos, 4.1 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
The brand new 5 star Mykonos Riviera is set in Tourlos port and marina and features ultra chic nautical-themed style, panoramic sunset views and luxurious accommodation options. Unparalleled services and amenities including an exquisite Spa, 2 restaurants, and an infinity pool with fiber optic lighting are also provided. The hotel is amphitheatrically built across the marina, merely few minutes from Agios Stefanos beach, and a short stroll from the scenic Mykonos Town. The spacious rooms and suites of Mykonos Riviera include nautical aesthetics going hand in hand with their unique island chic style, minimalistic luxury and unobstructed Aegean sea views. Each room is fitted with open plan bathrooms, designer bathtubs, nautical-themed decoration, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines, ambiance lighting, and private terraces overlooking the Aegean sea and the port with its marina. Some rooms or suites also feature an outdoor hot tub or a private pool. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the property. Mykonos Riviera also offers a car rental service and a business centre and shuttle service from/to the airport upon extra charge and request. Staff at reception can assist around the clock with information on the area.
Situated in Ornos, 50 m from Ornos, Adorno Beach Hotel and Suites features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers room service and a concierge service. The property offers an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel the rooms include a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Guests at Adorno Beach Hotel and Suites can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers a sun terrace. Guests at Adorno Beach Hotel and Suites will be able to enjoy activities in and around Ornos, like cycling. Korfos is 400 m from the hotel, while Agios Ioannis Beach is less than 1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Mykonos, 3.8 km from Adorno Beach Hotel and Suites, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
Mykonos Bliss - Cozy Suites, Adults Only Hotel provides stylish, sea-view accommodation in Kalo Livadi. The property has a bar, as well as a restaurant serving Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel features an outdoor, infinity swimming pool and free WiFi. At the hotel, all air-conditioned units are fitted with Coco-Mat mattress and linen. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower, while some units at Mykonos Bliss - Cozy Suites, Adults Only Hotel also provide guests with a seating area. All units will provide guests with a minibar and a Nespresso coffee machine. Some units are fitted with outdoor hot tub or private pool. Breakfast is available daily, and includes à la carte and American options. An all-day bar serves refreshing drinks. The accommodation offers a terrace and sun loungers. Concierge services are provided. Ano Mera Village is 2 km away. The nearest airport is Mykonos Airport, 8 km from the property.
PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO IN MYKONOS WITH FAMILY
Mykonos, the cosmopolitan island located in the Aegean Sea is the most typical island of the Cyclades. According to Greek mythology it was created by the dead bodies of the Giants. This charming island attracts countless Greek and international celebrities who want to participate in its vivid nightlife, and enjoy its wonderful beaches and the breathtaking landscapes. The following is a list of some of the best things to see and do in Mykonos.
Peter the pelican was an emblematic figure of Mykonos and a symbol of the island during the 30 years of his life. A local fisherman found it wounded in 1958, and afterwards it was nursed and supported by the locals who named it Petros, from ‘petra‘, which means rock in Greek – petra being the dominant architectural element of Mykonos and the Cyclades‘ Islands in general. Thousands of tourists used to run after the island’s mascot every summer for a picture. To the disappointment of locals and tourists, Petros was killed by a car in 1985 and was mummified in Thessaloniki, according to the decision of the Municipality of Mykonos. Nowadays, three pelicans live in the island of Mykonos, one of which is named Petros to honor the island’s symbol.
One of the most famous and charming areas in Mykonos is called Alefkantra, or Little Venice, as its picturesque setting next to the sea is reminiscent of the Italian city. The settlement of Little Venice was created during the 18th century by rich merchants and captains. Visitors will be fascinated by the elegant and beautiful houses with the colorful windows, which stand literally above the sea. One of the best locations in the Aegean to enjoy the sunset.
The windmills of Mykonos constitute one of the most typical highlights of the Aegean Sea, famous all over the world. The impressive white windmills are located between the settlement of Little Venice and the neighborhood of Niochori. During the 17th and the 18th centuries the island had more than twenty windmills, which contributed to the wheat production, a fundamental element of the island’s economic development. Nowadays seven of them are maintained in decent condition.
Lena’s House is located in Chora, near the area of Tria Pigadia. It is an authentic sample of a Mykonian middle class family house of the 19th century. It hosts a collection of European and local furniture of the 19th century, as well as a wide range of useful or decorative objects, from mirrors to gravures and embroideries. From April until October it is open to visitors on daily basis except for Sundays, from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm.
The Folklore Museum of Mykonos
The island’s Folklore Museum is located in Kastro, just some minutes away from the famous Paraportiani, in a two-floor traditional building. It hosts interesting collections of classic furniture, hand-made ceramics, Byzantine pictures, as well as important manuscripts and photographs. You have to visit this museum in order to get in touch with the deeper cultural identity of the island, which is so much more than the vivid beach bars.
The Monastery of Paleokastro is a women’s monastery dated back to the 18th century, which was named after the homonymous nearby hill. It is a typical sample of the Cycladic monastery architecture, located north of the settlement of Ano Mera.
Famous for its rich collection of vases, some of which date back to the 17th century, the Archaeological Museum Of Mykonos is located in the heart of the island, close to the port. Except for the vases, it also hosts a unique collection of sculptures, ceramics and jewels. It is open to visitors every day except for Mondays, from 8.30 am until 3 pm.
Located in Tria Pigadia, next to Lena’s House, the Aegean Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 with the goal to preserve and promote the Greek maritime history and tradition. In this direction, it exhibits replicas of rowing and sailing ships from the prehistoric times until today. It also hosts a rich collection of maps, ancient coins and sculptures, all under the thematic umbrella of maritime life. It is open to interested visitors daily from April until October, from 10.30 am until 1 pm and from 6.30 pm until 9 pm.
A two-floor building that dominates in the Chora of Mykonos. It was initially constructed to become the residency of a Russian earl during the Russo - Turkish war (1770-1774) and was afterwards used as the island’s Town Hall maintaining its initial classic architectural form. Next to the Town Hall was constructed an equally important and historical building, the first school of Mykonos.
The island of Mykonos hosts more than 70 Christian Greek Orthodox churches, following the tradition of the Greek islands. A large amount of them was constructed after the Byzantine period by rich families of the island in order to thank god or honor one of their relatives. You don’t need to be religious to visit some of those beautiful churches with the typical appearance. Some of the most famous Mykonian churches, known for their architecture, are Zoodochos Pigi, Agia Kyriaki, Saint Nicolas, Paraportiani and Agia Eleni.
Mykonos diving is a very developed activity on the island. Due to the large number of tourists who visit Mykonos every summer and the interesting diving sites that are found around the island, many Mykonos diving centers have opened offering courses and trips in the open sea. Most diving centers in Mykonos are found in the beaches on the southern side of the island, which are the most popular, such as the beaches of Paradise, Super Paradise, Agios Ioannis, and Kalafatis. Interesting diving sites for the novice or experienced divers are found all around Mykonos island. Very popular is the Paradise Reef, a reef with a wide diversity of marine life, such as sponges, barracuda, starfish, and octopus. Another diving site is Dragonisi, an uninhabited islet with spectacular rock formations. A challenging Mykonos diving spot is the Anna II shipwreck as it is found at a depth of 18-35 meters.
Within a distance of 2,5 km from Mykonos Town, there is Korfos bay, one of the most popular spots for kitesurf lovers in Mykonos. Kite Mykonos is the first kitesurfing school in Mykonos operated by Alexandre Kuzolitz, a Brazilian water sports enthusiast who wants to share his passion for this special sport. The wonderful team of very experienced instructors all shares the same love for the sport and passion for teaching which are the most key factors in order to initiate the newcomers in the world of kite surfing. Located on the right side of the beautiful and windy bay, their main goal focuses on the learning of kitesurfing, while safety and fun remain a major priority. Korfos bay has turned out to be the ideal location for this adventurous sport, offering the right weather conditions for the training process. It is a natural paradise for kitesurfers due to the right tension of the air. The instructors have managed to create a special environment in which people feel safe and content. The training method includes theory lessons and practices with a trainer before going in the water. It also provides the latest equipment and safety gear to ensure the protection of the body, in all cases. There are kite lessons for everyone in spite of the level or fitness ability.
Horse riding in Mykonos is not a particularly popular sport but it could be a nice experience if you are interested to do something very special on the island. Riding tours in Mykonos lead to secluded beaches, old sightseeing, small chapels and spots with a breathtaking view. In particular, Mykonos riding tours can be sunset tours, family tours or even tours for therapeutic riding.
Wine Tasting in Mykonos Vioma
Wine tasting is one of the top activities to engage to while in Mykonos; the dry soil, the windy weather and well as the lack of heavy winters, create the ideal climate for the cultivation of vineyards, resulting in wines of supreme taste and quality. The characteristic varieties of Athiri, Assyrtiko, Malagouzia and Mandilari produce earthy flavors, of delicate yet deep taste that showcase perfectly the richness of the Greek land. In Mykonos Vioma, you will have the opportunity to view from up close the vineyard plantation that is based on the principles of bio-agriculture. With respect to nature and love to wine production, classical music is played to enhance the growth and quality of the wine, while you should definitely taste the amazing “Paraportiano” dry wines (red and white) as well as the dessert wine “Heliophilos”
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WHERE TO EAT IN MYKONOS
Named after Apollo’s grandson, Mykonos truly is Greece’s island of the sun god. Not only does Mykonos enjoy fantastic summers, with beautiful white sandy beaches and the ocean wherever you turn, it also retains stunning examples of Cycladean architecture and cultural history. These unmissable sites provide the perfect complement to the island’s fantastic cuisine. To help you enjoy both, here is our pick of the ten best cultural restaurants in Mykonos.
This locally run, cozy tavern is perfectly located above the beach at Agios Sostis. Food is grilled outdoors on a charcoal barbecue because there is no electricity, so you can’t phone ahead and book a table. The restaurant also relies on the memory of its owner, who sees that everybody is served in the order they arrive. Tucked away above the bay there are also no signposts meaning the most fail-safe way to discover this little establishment is to rely on your nose. The aroma of the charcoal barbecue carries all the way to the beach and the menu offers a range of grilled local fish and traditional meat dishes, well-priced and served in healthy portions. Guests can enjoy the calm and secluded atmosphere of this little eatery from the small, shaded patio which directly overlooks the sea.
Located on the main venue of the port of Kamares, on the patio of a Sifnaian stone building, offering a spectacular view of the mountains across the bay with their age-old monasteries perched on their tops, the beach and harbor thrown in for a change of positive distraction. Absinthe's environment and colors vibrate with sense tranquility and comfort with excellent dining facilities. All dishes are inspired from the famed Greek Smyrneian cuisine of Asia Minor with a dash of Central Asian spice and texture, prepared daily with the highest regard to the quality and freshness of the ingredients, obtained mostly from local producers and markets.
M-eating offers some of the best food in Mykonos, served in a small local house that is typical of traditional Mykonian architecture. The interior is elegantly decorated in white with wooden detail. As well as the intimacy of the indoor restaurant there is also an outdoor veranda and a garden for guests to enjoy dinner al fresco in summer. The chef and owner of M-eating acquired his experience working in five-star hotels and he has here created a restaurant of five-star quality famed for its good service and its excellent food. The menu offers exceptional Greek fare, from soutzoukakia and octopus to Myconian honey pie.
Katerina’s Bar and Restaurant is ideally located in the area of Mykonos known as Little Venice. Here the medieval houses of two of three stories are brightly painted with colorful wooden balconies that jut out over the ocean, giving Mykonos the feel of one of the most famous of all Italy’s cities. Katerina’s has just such a balcony, which affords stunning views over the water and the historic windmills. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century the windmills have been popular ever since and are one of the most iconic sites in all Mykonos. There are 16 of them in total on the island, also known as the ‘Island of the Winds’, and Katerina’s offers the chance to experience them while enjoying a fantastic evening meal. There are only three tables on the outdoor patio so it is worthwhile booking ahead if you want sunset views.
Located on Agios Ioannis beach, dinner at Hippie Fish is an opportunity to escape the bustle of Mykonos Town. Agios Ioannis is one of the most beautiful stretches of beach that the island has to offer and this restaurant sits right on the sand. Designed in the manner of an outdoor beach-bar set against the beautiful backdrop of the Aegean, Hippie Fish, as the name suggests, specializes in local fish dishes from crab and lobster by the kilo to sea-urchin spaghetti. It is also notable as the setting for the movie Shirley Valentine, which was filmed at this location before the current restaurant was erected.
At Fokos Beach this secluded and beautiful restaurant is set against panoramic views of the Aegean and the rolling countryside beyond. Described as a ‘jewel of Cycladic architecture’, Fokos Taverna has been constructed with simple elegance from stone and wood, with wicker or canvas roofing and spaces between supporting columns which function as large windows. The unique architecture gives this restaurant an open-air feel, while providing shade and shelter. The climbing vines are a splash of sudden green. This restaurant returns guests to an age when Mykonos was quieter and more isolated, allowing you to appreciate the absolute beauty of this island while enjoying delectable food.
Run by Joanna herself this taverna sits directly on the beach and is only a five minute walk from the center of Mykonos Town. This is good food at good prices, with the chance to take in the sunset and listen to the surf wash the shore. All the food is typically Greek, from the meze to the mixed grill, and the staff are friendly and accommodating. In summer it is the perfect spot for outdoor dining, but in cooler months be sure to take a scarf as the sea breeze can get chilly.
The main settlement on Mykonos is Mykonos Town on the western coast. Stray further inland and you come to Ano Mera where you find this charming coffee bar and restaurant. This is a more modern idea of Greece reflected by the modern interior design. They offer a superb breakfast, from the freshly squeezed orange juice to the pancakes, but there is also a more local feel with the moustokouloura, Greek cookies made from grape must. Ntekoto simultaneously functions as a delicatessen, selling local delicacies over the counter so that you can take away the memory of Ano Mera.
Tucked away in the heart of Mykonos Town is this wonderful restaurant serving quality local fare. Here you can find all the Greek specialties, from spanikopita (spinach pie) to tzatziki and grilled fresh bream. The atmosphere in Eva’s Garden is intimate and romantic, with guests seated on a small outdoor patio shaded by hanging vines. Although a little trickier to find than some of the larger restaurants, it is worth the effort of discovery as an evening here is guaranteed to be delightful.
Avra is another restaurant that is tucked away from the busy center of Mykonos down a winding street. Offering traditional Greek cuisine, such as shrimp saganaki or stuffed vine leaves, or a more eclectic European menu, Avra is beautifully located in a small courtyard surrounded by buildings designed in the old Mykonian style. The outdoor patio is candlelit and covered in greenery and creepers, making it a spectacular place to enjoy a romantic meal for two
WHERE TO SHOP IN MYKONOS
Mykonos attracts many people from all over the world. Not least, many celebrities and wealthy people come from all over the world to enjoy the delights that the island has to offer. This has created an excellent market and clientele base for many excellent and high-end shops to open up and create a niche for a real diversity of great products for sale all over. As such, wherever you go you can find great shops and boutiques, with all kinds of products. Mykonos is really a consumers paradise. Of course, you can also find mass-produced souvenirs and any number of gifts to suit every budget. The main shopping strip of the island is within Mykonos Town, all known as Chora. Here are some list of Shops thats you might consider to visit when you're here.
Set in one of the classic buildings of Cycladic style in the centre of Chora is this boutique of bespoken elegance, that has proved unstoppably popular to the ladies since its recent opening. It is truly a must-see for every fashionista that sets foot on the island. Inside is a minimalist interior decor, which skillfully highlights the latest pieces of some of the most glamorous brands. Tom Ford, Ermanno Scervino and Blumarine pieces all dazzle customers with some of their latest items. But the real emphasis is on an array of Chanel products that will keep customers at the edge of the latest trends.
When you are in the neighborhood of Little Venice, just down towards the sea from Chora, you will come across this charming shop that has been open since 1948. The original shop owner was Michael Rabia and has subsequently been taken over by Dora Rabia, making these handsome sandals popular the world over. All the sandals are unique and hand-crafted designs, which range from the basic leather look to colorful and accessorized designs. They also begin at modest prices, making them the best footwear for everyone visiting Mykonos and a must-have on the island. You can also order a custom-designed pair for your own unique models.
Located at one end of Chora’s main arterial street Matoyianni, close to the church of Panachra is this exciting shop which will inspire you to pick up something new, either an exclusive outfit or one of their perfectly matching accessories. Whether you prefer classic fashion or the trendy, edgy styles, you can find whatever you want here. There are many famous brands here such as Jil Sander, Balenciaga Bags and Jacquemus, as well as their own house brands.
A boutique which has become so big across Greece that you can find it on many of the most popular islands, as well as in the mainland cities. Mykonos has a number of outlet shops all over the island, and for good reason. You can find hand-picked international fashion names in excellent collections and excellent staff suggestions to go with it. Designers include Jimmy Choo, Comme des Garcons, Dior, Emilio Pucci, Giuseppe Zanotti Design and Roberto Cavalli. You can find the main shop on Matogiannis Street, 46/51 but also at Branco Hotel at Platis Gialos beach and Sant Anna on Paraga beach.
The internationally renowned brand, which originated with Canadian fashion designers launching to global standard in Milan, has an exclusive shop open in Mykonos. Their playful and edgy style comes through to create items that are a sensual melding of styles. Garments that are both laidback and glamorous at the same time create a new market for alternative luxury. And there is no better place to display your new buys than Mykonos.
Right in the heart of Chora, at the Tria Pigadia neighborhood, is this very exclusive boutique. It opened its first store in Psychiko of Athens over 20 years ago and has drawn in worldwide clients ever since. It has truly left its mark in Mykonos as a benchmark of luxury and fashion and shows no sign of slowing down. In a beautiful building with a perfectly curated interior, you can find exclusive designer names like Balmain, Alaia, Aquazzura, Lisa Marie Fernandez and Tomas Maier. At the Mykonos store, it is the only place you will find the unique pieces by Oscar de la Renta, and one of the few locations to pick up the Christian Louboutin and Giambattista Valli designs.
The original jewelry store that opened up in Fira on Santorini was such a success that it had to also set up shop in Mykonos. The Lalaounis family have taken the 4000-year-old jewelry crafting tradition and produced beautiful pieces for four generations. The main materials used are gold and silver, and provide innovative fusions of classic designs and modern techniques, creating truly unique jewelry. Inspired by antiquity, prehistory and Byzantine periods, the works are truly unique gifts of the highest quality. You can also find innovative collections created for special occasions, such as New Year and Christmas. Behind the unassuming entrance to the shop is a collection of class and glamour that does justice to the national treasure and the country’s heritage. Time-honored customers include Maria Callas, Barbra Streisand, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
Owned by craftswoman Irene Syrianou, you can find all manner of mosaic pieces and marble sculpture. You can take away pieces, for example, like replicas of the original mosaics of ancient Delos. You can also take part in a class to craft your own mosaic pieces to bring home. Alongside these crafts are jewelry pieces made by hand-cut inlays. Whatsmore, there are the unique contemporary creations of local craftsman Nikos Benos-Palmer for sale. It can be found on Aghios Vlassis in Chora.