Shopping in old Town Corfu went hand in hand with exploring the town. Exploring the streets of Old Corfu and seeing the sights was so much fun, as I mentioned in my last post, Exploring Old Town Corfu. Much to both Steve’s and my surprise, we especially enjoyed shopping here. The city was lively and there were so many streets to follow with places to eat, shop and just enjoy. In addition, I felt the streets were fun to navigate as they felt a bit like a maze. Plus, the great shopping was an added bonus!
Olive Wood Work Shop by Tom
One of my favorite stores in Corfu was the Work Shop by Tom. This shop has all types of olive wood products, hand made and also beautiful. All items are made by hand from olive wood and in addition finished with olive oil. I found a bread bowl that I loved and bought it. As a matter of fact, I use it at home a lot. Everything I saw here was high quality and uniquely handcrafted. This shop is family owned and operated with their first wood shop opening in 1969. We loved how friendly the family was and how they helped us find just what I was looking for. I definitely recommend stopping here to see their fine products. You can find this buisness on Facebook at this link, Work Shop by Tom.
Patounis Olive Soap Shop
Patounis Olive Soap Shop is another must see in Corfu town. This family business has been making traditional olive oil soap since 1850. For five generations the olive soap recipe and know how to make the soap has been passed down from generation to generation. Originally operating from the island of Zakynthos, in 1891 Patounis Olive Soap expanded to Corfu where they continue to make their soap. I enjoyed the soap factory and also enjoyed speaking with the owner and touring the facility. Of course I bought some soap to bring back to the States and I highly recommend this product. Check out this link for more information about Patounis Olive Soap.
This awesome shop had some really unusual and also unique pieces. The signs says it all, “Pandora’s Box Travels Around the World”. Both of us enjoyed wandering through here and seeing the various pieces. I was especially thrilled to find an olive tree decoration. I had been eyeing similar ones over the last few years while in Greece and in this partiularr. shop I found exactly what I had been looking for. Conversely, it looks perfect on my fireplace mantel at home. (Thank you to my friend Constantinos S. for interpreting for me and always giving me information and advice about Greece!)
Neither Steve or I are big on shopping while traveling but for whatever reason, we were really into shopping in Corfu. I bought a hat and also a dress while Steve bought a leather belt. Together we bought fruit, spices, a table runner, kumquat goodies and also kumquat & limoncello liquer! All in all, we had a productive day!
A Bite to Eat-Spanakopita
Both times we were in Corfu town we stoped at Artissimo, a bakery we saw while out walking. Here we grabbed some spanakopita. As a matter of fact, we agreed it was probably the best spanakopita we had on this trip. If you are a fan of spanokopita, check this place out.
These are some of the streets in Old Town Corfu that we enjoyed shopping and browsing through.
I added the places we stopped in Corfu to my Corfu Town map. Instead of a black X, the above locations are markedd with a brown star.
Shopping in Old Town Corfu was so much fun. We enjoyed strolling around the maze-like streets. I must admit, we found ourselves lost more than a time or two but that was half the fun!
If you want to read more of some of my posts on Greece you can click on the following links!!
Exploring Old Town Corfu, Sept 2022
To the Top of Angelokastro, Sept 2022
NW Coast of Corfu by boat, Sept 2022
Exploring the Beaches of NW Corfu, Sept 2022
Hike to Giali Beach, Corfu Sept 2022
E-Bike Tour of Meteora, Greece Sept 2022
Hike to Ypapanti Monastery, Greece Sept 2022
Ancient Delphi, Greece Sept 2022
10 Day Greece Itinerary, Sept 2019
8 Day Greece Itinerary, Sept 2018
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20 thoughts on “Shopping in Old Town Corfu”
I appreciate beautiful woodwork AND spanakopita, so shopping in Greece sounds like heaven for me! I’ve heard of olive oil-making, but not olive wood making, which looks and sounds gorgeous– from your photos, I’d definitely buy one as a souvenir to take home! Sounds like a great idea to go from shop to shop in Corfu to admire the artisanal crafts, all the while enjoying a spanakopita on the way! 😉
That is exactly what we did! The Spanokopita was so good we bought a couple extra and had them for lunch while going other places the next day!
It looks like you came home with some great souvenirs, Lori! I’m not much of a shopper, but I would love to prowl around the shops you mentioned. The olive tree is lovely!
It was fun and the tree is such a nice reminder of the trip! As for shopping though, not my usual thing but what a day!!!
Old Town Corfu look like an amazing place to shop and explore. The family operated shop you showed looked so beautiful. I fully understand why you would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a fun day out in Corfu.
We had a great time! I do love to support family and generational businesses!
It definitely was!
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Hello! Thank you!! I am from Iowa, USA
Do you think some day you all might become expats? Open a little bistro and offer tasty morsels like pie made with real lard? That would be a Midwestern treat. Maybe not the healthiest, but it sure is tasty. “Just like Mom used to make!” SMILE…..
Lol. I actually have thought of being an expat but with 5 grown kids and 4 grandkids it would be too hard to spend time with all of them and to expensive flying back-and-forth! I do enjoy making and eating our but as far as I know the only time I had one made with lard was when we would go buy from the Amish around Hazeltown and Independence 😋😋
I usually like shopping when I travel (in local shops, not international stores I can find in any big city), so this looks like a lot of fun!
It really was fun. So much better than a mega store or shopping mall.
I’m also not a big shopper, but those places look like the sort that would draw me right in. And I love olive wood cooking utensils. I could almost smell the soap shop. Thanks for all the vicarious fun!
It was a lot of fun! I love local stores and products!
Absolutely lovely Lori. Old towns are well worth exploring when the local people take pride of place. We love to by locally created crafts on our trips. They mean so much more than mass produced items. And great Greek food is always a favourite. Thanks for sharing. Allan
We too love the locally made items. Great souvenirs