On Evripidou Street there is a gorgeous little gem of a shop called Elixir. Written up in several of the guidebooks to Athens, this dark shop is filled with herbs, spices, snacks and tea. It appears to have been there for a very long time, and the glass front wooden cabinets that stretch from floor to ceiling are jam packed with lots of dried herbs and spices. The dark shop yields discovery after discovery, and as we browsed and picked up several items we marveled at how much of a relic the shop seemed to be, yet it did a brisk business for locals and tourists alike.
It’s the kind of shop I would love to be the proprietor of, but for the most part, it wouldn’t turn a profit in Manila… Streetside there were dozens of bags of loofahs and dried oranges, and you might pass its nondescript entrance if you weren’t sure of its address…
A table just inside the front door has wonderful native delicacies, bunches of lavender, olive wood mortars and pestles, and other interesting items.
Old wooden cabinets with glass fronts show off a stunning volume of dried herbs, including huge bunches of oregano, etc.
Literally hanging from the rafters are dried peppers and eggplant slices.
On the counter were a couple of bottles with incredibly plum vanilla beans on offer at fairly steep prices…
And our purchases included dried lavender and rosebuds, and several packages of pasteli…
…a wonderful snack made with sesame seeds and terrific greek honey.
And possibly the most interesting find of all in a spice shop… a canister of lime bergamot massage oil, a present from Mrs. MM and The Kid. :)
41 Evripidou Street