... Information about Shopping in Corfu Greece

Shopping is only a pretext for going back - yet again - into the magical mediaeval world of the Campielo. Designer jewellery, high fashion boutiques, atmospheric antique shops, gift shops with a personal air and a touch of ethnic interest, workshops housing wood-carvers and traditional Venetian cabinet-makers. Folk art, contemporary trends and the Venetian heritage parade before your eyes in the colourful images and successive surprises concealed in the labyrinthine lanes of Old Corfu. Beautifully decorated window displays and colourful folklore stands, designer pret a porter and kum-kuats, a 13th century church and a Venetian well, lines of washing hanging above your head and the philharmonic playing: shopping in the town of Corfu is a fascinating business.

Once you leave the Spianada expanse behind you and lose yourself in the tangle of lanes between the tall buildings, one thing is certain: you will return to Liston and its cafes with an armful of brightly coloured bags. And don't start looking at your watch, the Campielo is too seductive a place for that. Only a few narrow streets separate Evgeniou Voulgareos and its jewellers from the trendy boutiques and shoe stores in M. Theotoki, or the tourist market in Paleologou Street from that in Filarmonikis. The most commercial part of the town centre lies to the north of City Hall Square. Evgeniou Voulgareos, M. Theotoki, Kapodistriou and the side streets around them are where you will find most of the town's finest jewellers. The choice is abundant designs by famous goldsmiths and luxurious Swiss watches (e.g. Lazoris and Kahsas), minimal jewellery, and tiny silver and gold workshops with modern personal creations.

The trendier female element meets at Mezzo Mezzo or Due in M. Theotoki Street for a spot of windowshopping. The younger set prefers Mega Sport for stylish street gear. Moving on towards N. Theotoki, Filarmonikis, Filellinon and Palaiologou, the picture starts to change, gradually becoming a colourful bazaar. This is where you will find the famous olive wood carvings, the finest examples (together with the pottery) of local folk art. Around Plateia Dimarchiou and to the south of the square, along Guilford and Kapodistriou streets, the shops are fewer and have a more personal style. Antique shops, second-hand dealers and ethnic boutiques with articles from all over the world (e.g. the Er Oriente Lux) will awaken the consumer instincts of those who have a taste for the old and the exotic.
If you have fallen in love with the old aristocratic Corfu and want to take something of it home with you, then, apart from the antique shops in the centre of town (e.g. Anti-Koiroi and Polio Kerkyra), you might also want to visit the few remaining traditional furniture-makers, like Souzos, and order copies of old Venetian pieces.
Continuing down Ev. Voulgareos and its extension, G. Theotoki, you will come to Plateia Sarocco, which marks the beginning of the New Town. Here the commercial landscape resembles with the shopping district of any modern city, department stores and major chains, like Marks & Spencers and the Beauty Shop. Outside the town of Corfu, in the seaside resorts, the market is limited to souvenir shops, jewellers, and boutiques. Here you will find numerous Olive Wood Workshops, with craftsmen at the wheel. As for kumquats, you will find them everywhere, and in the most extraordinary forms, from preserves and liqueurs to the filling in a chocolate. In the interior your shopping will most likely be limited to local products and pieces of folk art, for example kumquats at Nymfes, oil, wine and organically produced honey at Liapades and pottery at Kynopiastes. The only exception is the Mogissospito, in Pelekas, one of the island's most special gift shops, which looks like if it has popped out of some fairytale book.

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