There are a number of grocery stores/supermarkets in Alonnisos, but for the purposes of this post I’m only going to talk about ones we regularly visit that are located in Patitiri, Votsi, and in the Old Village.
PATITIRI GROCERY STORES
In the port town of Patitiri there are actually five different grocery stores, and we’ve shopped at all but one of them. In general, all stores carry the same basic items at similar prices, but each one also tends to offer items unique to that store. For example, one particular summer one store was offering a higher-end Dunkelweisen variety of German beer in 500ml bottles, while another uniquely offered a very low-priced beer called Hansa in 330ml and 500ml cans. The other stores we visited had neither of these. So, what we’ve found over the years is that we wind up visiting three to four stores on any given shopping trip to make sure we get everything we want. The following is a summary of each of the four stores we tend to visit, and this list is not in any order of preference.
Evaggelia Anagnostou Market
Pictured to your right, this grocery store is located directly across from where the hydrofoil boats arrive. It is operated by Evaggelia Anagnostou. It has a good selection of all basic grocery items and a good assortment of liquor as well. It also offers some souvenir type merchandise.
Dina’s Super Market
Pictured to your left, this store is located perhaps four blocks from the port on the street that also includes the National Bank of Greece. It’s just beyond the huge pine tree that sits in the middle of this street as you travel up. The market is operated by a charming woman named Dina, and she is assisted by her son and other family members. Over the years we’ve shopped here Dina has always been very friendly and welcoming. This market has a good selection of products across all categories, a deli counter, and also offers a walk-in cooler with a good selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Pappou Market (pictured to your right) is located about 60 meters from the the super market mentioned above and on the same side of the street as well. It is currently operated by two daughters of Eleni Pappou, the original “boss,” though Eleni is still involved in the business. The daughters, Dina and Marfoula, are very friendly and helpful, and they both speak very good English. In fact, we have found that all of the staff that works at the Pappou Market have great customer service skills. Marfoula’s daughter Elena is exceptionally kind and welcoming, as is the deli counter man named Gente. When we lived in Alonnisos for the entire summer of 2000 we developed solid friendships with Dina & Marfoula and as such over the years we have tended to shop a bit more at this market than any of the others. This store has a very good selection of grocery items and liquor, fruits and vegetables, the deli counter, and a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.
KALOGIANNIS GROCERY STORE IN VOTSI
This grocery store, which is located on the road to Votsi (a bit east of Patitiri) is operated by Thodoris and Gianna Kalogiannis. The store is quite new and features state-of-the art equipment and an excellent selection of grocery items, a deli counter, numerous fresh fruits and vegetables, and a wide assortment of liquor. In the summer of 2023 we also were very pleased to find a selection of specialty organic products at this store. Gianna & Thodoris are very friendly and as welcoming as they can be given their primary language is Greek.
OLD VILLAGE MARKET
The only grocery store in the Old Village is located on the ground floor of a two story building right where the bus from Patitiri stops (see photo to your right). This market features a fair selection of grocery items, has a small assortment of liquors, and offers some souvenir type merchandise as well. The advantage of this store is that if you’re staying in the Old Village you can walk to the market instead of driving or taking a bus all the way to Patitiri. The prices may be a bit higher in some instances, but it can be well worth the trade-off in time necessary to get down to the other stores. Maria who operates the store is a lovely person by the way.
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