Wondering where to go shopping in Rhodes? Well, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be spoilt for choice here, whether you’re a casual browser or a dedicated bargain-hunter. Indulging in a little retail therapy while you’re away can be a great way to take a break from the beaches and pick up those all-important souvenirs.
Rhodes may be a small island, but it’s big on shopping. You’ll find shops and boutiques dotted throughout resorts across the island, but the beating heart of the Rhodes shopping scene is the island capital. They’ve got all sorts going on here, from bustling markets to high-end designer label boutiques and craft workshops, so there’s something to suit all tastes.
Big name brands
Rhodes Town is a town of two halves: it has an old and a new side, and the shopping scenes are different in both areas. If you’re hoping to find your favourite high street names, the new town is the place to go; it’s home to familiar faces you might even recognise from your own high street back home.
Elsewhere in the new town, in the Ekato Magsia district, there’s a superb selection of designer names like Versace, Armani and Gucci. This is an upscale part of town, and there’s a cosmopolitan vibe here. You’ll also find a superb selection of waterfront bars nearby; it’s the perfect place to grab a drink and refuel while you admire the view (and the price tags). If you fancy a bite to eat, you’ll find some excellent bistros tucked away in the side streets.
The old town is the place to go for more traditional shopping in Rhodes. If you’re after souvenirs for friends and family back home, you’re in for a treat. The cobbled streets are lined with pretty shops, and they’re brimming with hand-crafted goodies like jewellery, locally-made lace and pretty traditional Rhodes-style ceramics. You’ll also find beautiful leather goods for sale, including bags, purses, wallets, belts, jackets and coats, and the prices tend to be much cheaper than back at home.
When you see something you fancy, don’t be afraid to haggle; it might feel a little strange, but it’s practically a way of life here. Why not give it a go?
Local food and drink
The Greeks really do love their food and drink, and they produce plenty of it, too. You’ll find a wealth of local, farm-made delights on the Rhodes shopping scene, ready and waiting for you to enjoy during your stay or to take back home with you.
You can also buy some locally made liqueurs, including ouzo, the most famous of the lot. When it comes to food, there’s even more to choose from. For some sweet treats, you’ve got jams, fruit compote, and honey. If you’ve got a really sweet tooth, keep an eye out for the nougat and pistachio brittle; it’ll really hit the spot. Olives and coffee are also abundant here. Just be mindful about what you can take back on the plane with you.