Kiosks selling everything from food and snacks to cigarettes and postcards abound on Crete and many of these are open 24 hours a day. The best shopping areas are the Kasavetis shopping centre in Hersonissos, the market on 1866 Street in Heraklion, and Chania's covered Market, or Agora, on Odos Hatzi Michali Yannari, where local produce such as chestnuts, bread, olives and honey are sold. Popular souvenirs include embroidery, hand carved wooden items, jewellery, and leather goods. If travelling within Europe, other good buys include Cretan honey, wine, or some delicious local cheeses, which are renowned all over Greece. For those who enjoy clothes shopping on holiday there are many shops to choose from on Crete and some designer labels to peruse.

If you're a keen bargain-hunter then October is a great month to be on Crete because as the end of tourist season approaches shopkeepers are eager to sell their wares and there are many sales. Some holidaymakers complain of there being too many touts and aggressive salesmen promoting their wares on the island during the peak-season. Generally a firm 'no' will suffice. Visitors in winter may find that some of the shops and restaurants are closed or have reduced opening hours.

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