The glamorous Greek party island of Mykonos has the most exquisite shops – and they're open till the small hours, turning the beach-club boutiques and maze-like streets of its capital Chora into a nocturnal playground.
Pocahontas would look right at home underneath Bazaar’s earth-coloured canopy, where feather headdresses and all manner of knotted, fringed and frayed clothing are artfully arranged. Part of sultry beach club Scorpios, this is one to visit well into your trip, with an established tan and authentic holiday nonchalance. Curated for the beach club by Yucatán-based textile brand Caravana and its founder Jacopo Janniello, Bazaar is a clever mix of minimalism, rich textures and handcrafted detail. Suede hammocks line the walls, wicker chairs circle the fire pits. Clothing all comes from Caravana’s own label, while some extraordinary jewellery finds include Le Pic’s Porcupine quill pendants and healing stones from VK Lillie.
Address: Paraga, Mykonos
Perseverance is required to track down this teeny-tiny store, which opened recently in the thick of Chora, Mykonos’ labyrinthine, port-side capital. Slip through a sliver of white wall and follow the scent of Onar Greek candles to what feels like owners Aristi Sarra and Elina Kantza’s very own walk-in-wardrobe. A carefully edited holiday collection takes you around the world in 20 square feet. Bestsellers include brightly tasselled box bags by Korean label The Volon, hyper-embellished dresses by Indian designer Pia Pauro and Spanish block colour espadrilles from Lika Mimika, along with home-grown labels such as Maa Boo for swimwear, and delicate jewellery by Yannis Sergakis.
Address: Malamatenias and Enopleon Dynameon, Chora
There is every expectation at this boutique, inside the island’s most formidable beach club, that you will walk out wearing what you buy. A frenzy of swimwear Top Trumps plays out daily, over lunch and along Psarou beach, so Luisa’s buyers don’t take any chances. Céline clutches share shelf space with Saint Laurent platforms, Isabel Marant microscopic skirts and Vetements tees. Shopping here isn’t going to be inexpensive but with music playing from every corner of the club, gathering volume and pace late into the night, you know it’s going to be fun.
Address: Psarou, Mykonos
A peculiar name for what is one of the prettiest little stores in town. Hand-painted straw hats decorate the exterior and once inside the cave-like white space you will find an abundance of beach baskets, layered jewellery and every combination and variety of what Greece does best: the leather sandal. Isapera is the lesser-known but popular local brand with solid block stripes of colour. The Ancient Greek label is stocked in abundance and the store’s own customisations include one-off pom-poms, charms and fringed designs.
Address: 11 Mavrogeni, Chora
Inside an impressive converted mansion dating back to 1680, Jardin’s roster of brands is exclusively Greek. A cream oversized macramé chandelier sets the tone for a hand-crafted, bohemian vibe. Decorativekaftans and shirts surround a central accessories table piled high with woven bags by Ops. A palette of earthy tones continues through crochet and leather sandals, layers of the softest scarves and stacks of straw sun hats.
Address: 23 Mitropoleos, Chora
The men’s and women’s stores sit side by side, both packed with Balenciaga (as worn by the staff) as well as savvier buys. Look for kooky ceramic candles from interior designer Marilena Rizou’s brand Souzie Bougie, with names such as ‘Let’s stay up late’, and browse reading specs and neon-trim sunglasses by US label SmokeXMirror. Chunky Italian jewellery from Maria Calderara is offset by dainty headdresses by CA&LOU. Top it off with a bright sun hat from Belgian designer My Bob.
The handmade hipsters carving out an alternative existence
Address: 48 M Andronikou, Chora
This exhibition space is an accurate barometer of the island’s vibe, hosting five solo installations each year alongside regular contributing artists with a notably upbeat, sunshine aesthetic. You can expect to find otherworldly underwater images from Hugh Arnold early in the season, building to colourful, bold paintings by Francesca Pasquali and thought-provoking sculptures from Joana Vasconcelos.
Address: 20–22 Kalogera, Chora
The distinct smell of leather hits you long before this traditional sandal store comes into view. Run by the same family since 1956, it’s filled with layer upon layer of classic styles in every colour imaginable for women, men and little ones.
Address: 50 Ithakis, Ag Ioannis Renti, Chora
This is a homeware and interior-design service created to help complement the bright whitewash of Mykonian villas.
Address: 44-46 Vouliagmenis Avenue, Mykonos
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