Shopping on Samos offers a wonderful variety of goods, from local produce to international designer fashion. There are plenty of resort-style stores catering to tourist needs but it is generally far more enjoyable to explore the villages and see what they have to offer. The towns of Pythagorio and Vathi have the widest selection of stores and the best buys include Muscat wine, handcrafted jewellery and ceramics, locally produced honey and ouzo.
Pythagorio main street has a number of souvenir shops, jewellery stores and clothing stores for shoppers to browse, as well as a good bakery for midday treats. At the main church in Pythagorio there's a shop selling hand-made bouzoukia (long-necked, fretted lute). The pedestrian street in Vathi, near the harbour, has many shops selling local souvenirs, shoes and clothing.
Visitors can buy fresh fish daily from the ports in Karlovassi, Vathi and Pythagorio, or from vendors in most villages. In Marathokambos you can purchase fruit and vegetables irrigated with spring water, and the oranges from Miloi are the best. There are also beautiful hand-crafted ceramics available in Karlovassi.
Visitors in the off-season will find the shopping options have diminished because some of the shops close in winter.
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