It’s back-to-school season, and whether you’re an actual student or a professional now working at home, there’s a special temptation in the air to revamp your stationery/desk supplies. Below are our three top picks for where to buy pens, pencil cases, notebooks, etc. when in Athens, Greece.
Anastasseos 121 & Salaminos 1, Holargos
This hidden gem in the hip northern suburb of Holargos stocks craft supplies, artsy gifts, toys, books, and a huge array of pens, pencils, and notebooks you can’t find anywhere else. We particularly love their whimsical stationery imports from Asia and their stock of cloth dolls and porcelain figurines. (Be sure to look in every nook and cranny of their overstuffed shelves—you’ll find all kinds of treasures from teensy-weensy tins to fountain pens).
Leoforos Kifisias 37Α, Marousi (inside Golden Hall)
Stadiou 24, Athens
With the elegance of an art gallery, this art store stocks a variety of stationery, art supplies, and fashion accessories imported from gallery and museum gift shops around the world. Expect pencil tins printed with Van Gogh fields, carved with tiny, gold music notes, and sketchbooks from the Museum of Modern Art. For desk décor, they even stock small, beautiful art pieces, from papier-maché hearts to replicas of ancient art.
Hronokapsoula (Time Capsule)
Efstratiou Pissa 48, Neos Kosmos
Finally, if you go weak in the knees for kitschy 80s/90s memorabilia, and want writing gear that absolutely no one else will have, pay a visit to Hronokapsoula in Neos Kosmos. This vintage shop is chock-full of toys, games, stationery, and other childhood treasures from the 60’s to the 90’s. Perfect if you want rainbow scented pencils, plastic locking diaries, and pencils cases decorated with race cars, anime princesses, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Bonus: You can keep up with new stock via their FB page).