Summer is about kicking back on island time; alternating long lazy days at the beach with great seaside shopping. We asked Wanderlista founder and uber cool local globetrotter Andria Mitsakos to share her favorite shopping spots on the island.
Get ready for a great day of discovery followed by an evening chilling out in the bohemian splendor of the San Giorgio Mykonos hotel.
Andria?s globetrotter guide: Mykonos
Apriati is an addiction! This is the place to stock up on Greecian arm candy. Each year I buy a new charm (year of the dragon, year of the snake, etc.) in solid gold (they also do silver) on a colored string. In addition to their many charms, they have gorgeous creations peppered with diamonds in silver, rose, yellow, and black gold. I don?t think I?ve ever left this store without buying something. Begin with the ?starter? bracelet, for around 40?, but please do not blame me for starting your addiction!
Neighborhood: Mykonos Town
Address: Matoyianni 20
Owned by expat American fashion photographer Beva Sewell and her Greek husband Marios, this contemporary art gallery specializes in mosaic sculpture. I bought a windmill sculpture last year and it serves as the ultimate reminder of this breezy island retreat.
Neighborhood: Mykonos Town
Address: 37 Agiou Efthimou, tel: 22890 772223
One of my best friends on the island, John Shortall, is a Brit transplant who used to be in real estate. John?s jewelry is made from 400-year-old opium pipes that he finds along the banks of the River Thames in London. John and his wares can be on found on the Wanderlista online store or at the entrance to my favorite taverna, Kiki?s, at Agios Sostis beach from around noon to 5pm.
Neighborhood: Agios Sostis
Address: Agios Sostis beach at Kiki?s Taverna
The Towel Guy at Agios Sostis beach
I do not remember his name but there is a great guy selling Nigerian and Indian fabric towels on the clothing optional side of Agios Sostis beach. If you can?t find him ask John Shortall, he?ll know!
This bohemian outpost is also a restaurant. It sells brands like Tatiana Choremi (who is also available on Shop Latitude). Last year, Naomi Campbell and I bumped hands reaching for the same bracelet!
Neighborhood: Agios Ioannis
I try to go organic whenever possible. Bio Select cosmetics from the island of Crete has an amazing Dictamelia compound that is like photoshop in jar! Trust me, you?ll never reach for your La Mer again. The market also sells organic fruits and vegtables from local producers, so it?s a great stop off on your way to the beach.
Neighborhood: Agios Taxiarchis
Address: Road to Ano Mera, 22890 23838
Marissa Taboulchanas Ceramics
Located on one of my favorite beaches, this tiny shop is owned by Marissa Taboulchanas, an artist who creates collections of cool ceramics including pendants in Cycladic shapes. These pendants look great layered with charms from Apriati and John Shortall.
Address: At Fokos Beach Tavern, Marissa mobile: 694 4644343
Owned by my dear Parisian friend Nathalie who has been on Mykonos for 25 years now, this is the island?s premier interiors store -- a virtual souk! I love walking in and hearing the conversation go from English to Greek to French to Lebanese to Arabic to Spanish. Nathalie has a massive international clientele who visit every summer to buy amazing sculptures by Devan Semkov, antique furniture from China, vintage carpets, must-have trinkets, and gorgeous French candles. She ships internationally so you can shop without the excess baggage worries.
Address: Towards Psarrou on the left if coming from town
Where to Sleep
The Mykonos San Giorgio Hotel
This laid back bohemian chic hotel is part of the Design Hotels? Group. Like many of their properties, the San Giorgio feels more like a private home than a commercial property. Enjoy the breathtaking views, good food, and easy vibe of this island paradise.
Address: P.O. Box 153, Paraga, Mykonos 84600, Tel.: +30 22890 27474