In the towns of Crete, there are many alternatives for all tastes and it’s certain that you will be excited with the wide array of products provided for you. You will find stores that trade exclusive brands, chain stores, little shops, open markets etc. in the towns of Heraklion, Rethymnon, Chania, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Sitia you will find all types of shops and stores to be found in large cities (clothing, footwear, beauty items, accessories, books, toys and much more). Besides, in many villages of Crete, you will come across small shops selling local produce such as olive-oil, raki, honey, wine, rusk rolls and cheese.
Moreover, there are stores where one can purchase top quality leather items and fur. Besides that, there are stores selling traditional linen items (hand-embroidered items), handcrafted items made of copper, brass, wood, ceramics, woven carpets etc. At the tourist shops, you can buy souvenirs, as well as beachware. Jewelery shops provide a wide array of designers’ brands, as well as copies from the Minoan and Byzantine Period.
Do not miss a visit to the open markets, where all fresh high quality produce imaginable is available. At the supermarket, you can buy virtually everything: meat, fish, salads, fruit, cheese, vegetables, spirits etc. Mini markets are open long hours in tourist resorts, selling anything one can imagine: drinks, postcards, newspapers and magazines, books and souvenirs. There are kiosks everywhere selling tobacco, chocolate, crisps, chewing gum, soft drinks, ice-cream, magazines and newspapers.