Nothing brings back the great memories from your trips than a nice and well-thought set of souvenirs to take home with you after your holidays, don’t you think? When it comes to the Greek islands, everything looks so pretty that you are often tempted to take home more than just one gift!
It’s always a great idea to plan your souvenir shopping ahead of time to avoid carrying excess weight or to spend precious time inside a shop trying to decide what the best buy is. So, no matter whether it’s for yourself or to give away, this list will help you pick the most unique souvenirs from Mykonos you can imagine!
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Where to Stay in Mykonos
Budget: If you’re looking for the best place to stay on a budget in Mykonos, I strongly suggest Mama’s Pension in Agios Stefanos (it’s also right next to Limnios Tavern, the best taverna on the island…). The owner, Christina, is so friendly and lovely. She picked me up at the port, sat and had coffee and a chat with me each morning, and was a wonderful resource about Mykonos.
My room was also stunning, well-equipped with everything you’d need, and super spacious with a gorgeous sunset view over the sea! It’s a 5-minute walk from the chilled out Agios Stefanos beach, you can walk to Mykonos Town in about 40 minutes, or there’s a bus a few blocks away that’ll take you to the Old Port in about 10 minutes flat. Because of their stellar reputation, they’re often booked up, so reserve your spot well in advance in the high season. Check prices, availability, and guest reviews here.
Mid-Range: For chilled-out bliss overlooking Mykonos Town and harbor with a phenomenal view, check out Bellou Suites. They have minimalist decor utilizing plenty of bright white, natural light, wood tones, and stone elements, giving everything a desert-chic vibe.
They have a variety of room types – from doubles with a balcony overlooking to sea to apartments with a kitchenette – perfect for every type of traveler. With sunset views, lovely design, and an affordable price, Bellou Suites is a great option for the stylish traveler with a mid-range budget. Check prices, availability, and guest reviews here.
Luxury: Cavo Tagoo is easily Mykonos’ most Instagrammable and stylish hotel, with every feature seemingly thought out for both comfort and photogenicity.
The insane infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean is one of its best features, but the truly dedicated Instagrammers amongst us won’t settle for less than its cave pool suite, pictured above. Whether you get a more standard room or splurge on the cave pool suite, you won’t be disappointed with the 5* service and infinite photographability. Check prices, availability, and guest reviews here.
Top Souvenirs from Mykonos
These ones are some of my favorite mementos from Mykonos… A little tip? Always choose local and original things that will bring back those unique memories from your adventures. Pick also light items so as to carry them with ease inside your luggage.
In no particular order, these are some of the best souvenirs you can buy in Mykonos.
Mykonos Beach Bag
With such a stunning coastline, there’s one thing you’ll certainly be doing in Mykonos a lot, and that’s going to the beach. Then why pack your old, shabby beach bag when you can get yourself a pretty, locally made handbag to tote your belongings to the beach?
They can be made of any material, it all depends on your budget. Choose something that’s easy to fold and tuck away in your luggage once your vacation is over… or, if your luggage restrictions allow, choose a bigger bag that can double as a personal item on your plane to carry even more souvenirs with you!
No matter which one you buy, a beach bag from Mykonos will certainly bring back super summer memories whenever you decide to spend some time on the beach.
There are a lot of options when it comes to local jewelry in Mykonos. If you’re looking for a unique piece of design, head directly to the Alefkandra district, close to Panagia Paraportiani church. Here, there are several shops selling handmade rings, bracelets, and adorable necklaces with a Mykonian style.
Spirals, evil eyes, olive leaves, labyrinths, these are some of the motives you can choose to keep it authentically Greek!
If you want to spend a bit less, then head to one of the many shops selling inexpensive jewelry in Mykonos town, the capital. You’ll be able to find pretty pieces made with natural elements, including rope, silver, or semi-precious stones too.
Leather sandals are a trademark product all over the Greek islands, and a must-buy gift both for men and for women. Good quality Greek leather sandals are usually super soft, comfortable, and last for ages. As a matter of fact, when they age, the leather gets a darker patina to it which makes them look even prettier.
Choose a pair of flat sandals to walk along the cobblestone alleys of Mykonos in complete comfort… And if you’re in the mood to splurge, don’t forget to check also other leather products, such as wallets, small crossbody bags, totes, and even carry-on luggage.
We can all agree that windmills are a landmark in Greece, but first and foremost, they are the most iconic image from Mykonos island. They are the first thing you spot when arriving at the port, and the image you will find yourself looking for as a reference point when walking the alleys of Mykonos Chora.
You will certainly head to the port windmills for a breathtaking sunset and you will surely take endless pictures of them. Then why not taking one back home with you?
Visit one of the many souvenir shops in the old port and get yourself a miniature copy of a Mykonian windmill. It can either be a magnet for your fridge, a clock, a salt and pepper set, or simply a plain decorative object that you can put on a shelf back home and keep those Mykonos memories always alive.
A Bottle of Ouzo
Greek ouzo is that strong, anise-tasting spirit that you will see men drinking in bars and tavernas paired with a dish of olives or a plate og grilled octopus.
Ouzo is a crystal clear coloured drink that turns into a cloudy kind of whitish liquid when adding ice or water to it. Choose a good ouzo brand and ask the shopkeeper to wrap it well for your flight. It will certainly bring back summer memories when fixing yourself an ouzo glass at home.
You will be going to the beach a lot in Mykonos, but chances are that you will also visit a couple of traditional churches, and why not? Maybe a monastery. A sarong can be the perfect travel companion which can double as a beach towel or beach cover-up, and incredibly useful to visit any religious building if they ask you to cover your shoulders.
Have a local sarong always in your bag and carry it with you everywhere. Especially in the evening, if you stop for a cocktail by the sea and it gets a bit chilly, your sarong will definitely turn into your best friend.
Sarongs are usually inexpensive, light, and easy to pack flat at the bottom of your suitcase, therefore they make an excellent present for your friends too. Buying 3 or 4 of them won’t take space or feel heavy in your already full lugage.
Sweets in Greece are heaven on earth for those who adore strong sugary flavors, syrups, and nuts. Baklava is probably the most requested dessert among tourists when it comes to dining out on the Greek islands.
If you still have not tried baklava, order a small piece after your meal. You will be conquered by the sweetness and the taste of it. If you want your friends back home to taste this delicacy, then buy a couple of boxes of pistachio baklava to take back home. It will conquer their palates!
Spoon sweets, Jams, and Chutneys
The local cuisine is mainly made of very old, traditional dishes. Spoon sweets are one of the most authentic things you can try on any Greek island.
When it comes to Mykonos, they not only can accompany a bowl of yogurt as a dessert or even for breakfast, but they are also used in very imaginative ways in many of the new, fine dining restaurants that are spreading on the island.
Pick a jar of local quince spoon sweet, orange marmalade or tomato chutney to take home with you and give your dishes a unique flavor and a very refined touch.
Olive Oil Soap
Olive oil is a staple product all over Greece, it’s been the country’s source of income for ages and it is known for its unique healthy properties as well as for its top quality, unique in the Mediterranean.
But olive trees are not just used to make il. The tree has long been seen as a symbol of richness and abundance as many things come from it, not just olives. The resin as well as the wood carry similar products to the fruit and have multiple uses. Beauty products are just some of them.
Take with you an olive oil soap bar that is packed with healthy vitamins for your skin. Choose one that combines fresh flower scents for a luxurious experience.
The island is a place where edgy, alternative, and independent artists from all over the world come and live. Many of them all year round, many others just during the summer season.
The island, and especially the capital, Mykonos town, is full of art shops and galleries where artists make, exhibit, and sell unique objects that can reveal to be an excellent souvenir to decorate your home. From refined paintings, to ceramic vases, and even wooden decorations for your front door! Wander the alleys of the old town to find some of the best local artistic objects.
These are just some of the several things you can buy on the island. Remember to keep it local, authentic, and original… and of course, super Greek! What about you? What souvenir are you taking back home from Mykonos?
Want to Rent a Car for Mykonos?
While not all Mykonos beaches require a car, if you’re staying far from Mykonos Town (Chora) for the local bus station or you want to tour the island independently without going on a guided tour, a rental car may come in handy!
We’ve rented cars dozens of times in the Balkans through various search engines and have settled on Discover Cars as the best car rental search engine – it searches over 500 trusted rental companies to find the cheapest price for your rental! Compare prices for car rental in Mykonos here.
What to Bring to Mykonos
If you’re planning a trip to Greece, you’ll want to pack all the normal essentials, but here are a few things we strongly recommend bringing that may not have crossed your mind. For more packing tips, check out our complete Greece packing list.
– A physical guidebook, in paper or on Kindle. We love Lonely Planet Greece for this region and strongly recommend it to supplement blogs. Blogs are great, but a combination of a blog and a guidebook is key to having the best access to information easily at your fingertips.
– A water bottle with a filter. While often, the tap water in Greece is drinkable, there are places where it isn’t, including some popular tourist destinations like Santorini and Mykonos.
We generally recommend using a water bottle with a purifying filter to reduce your plastic consumption and ensure you won’t drink any funny-tasting water on your stomach that could make your trip unpleasant!
We recommend the GRAYL water bottle – it filters water perfectly in an instant so that you can even drink from lakes, bad taps, etc.
– Motion sickness pills. Very necessary if you’ll be taking a ferry! The ferries in the Mediterranean can be quite choppy. If you have a weak stomach as we do, save yourself and bring some non-drowsy motion sickness pills.
– Travel safety items. We think Greece is very safe to travel, but at the same time, it never hurts to be prepared! Mykonos is rather safe, but is not immune from pickpockets, so be cautious (this goes double if you plan to go to Athens – the metro is notorious for its pickpockets, and a travel blogger friend of ours got his phone stolen on it!). Some people like to carry money belts, but neither Stephanie or I use these. Instead, we both carry the same PacSafe anti-theft backpack.
It has locking zippers, slash-proof construction with metal mesh hidden in the fabric, and tons of other smart security features — all while being cute and stylish enough to be our everyday bag. We recommend it highly for both male and female travelers, as it’s neutral enough to be unisex. We also strongly recommend travel insurance! Our recommendation is at the bottom of the post.
More Mykonos & Greece Travel Resources
Headed to Greece? We have some great travel resources to help you with your trip. First read our guide to planning a trip to Greece, which covers visas, budgets, vaccines, and much more. Next, you’ll want to read our all-season Greece packing list.
Since you’ll be on Mykonos, you’ll likely also want to visit Delos. Here’s our guide on how to do a Delos day trip easily and hassle-free! We also have our guide to Mykonos best beaches, our Mykonos Instagram guide (and some Mykonos quotes you can use as captions!), and our Mykonos itinerary.
If you are still trying to figure out your Greece itinerary, check out our guides on where to go in Greece, the best places for island hopping in Greece, and when is the best time to visit.
Many people combine a trip to Athens with a trip to Mykonos. Check out our Athens Instagram guide, the best Athens day trips, and our complete Athens hotel guide. We also have Athens safety tips so your trip can be hassle-free. We are currently working on our mega-post of things to do in Athens as well as our itineraries, so stay tuned!
We publish new content about the Balkans almost every day! For more information about traveling to Greece and the Balkans, bookmark our Greece and Balkan travel pages so you can find out what’s new before your trip.
Finally, Make Sure You Come to Greece with Travel Insurance!
I’m sure you’re aware that it’s a good idea to have travel insurance for traveling in Greece, the Balkans, or anywhere in the world!
Stephanie and I have both been paying customers of World Nomads for the last three years. We love the peace of mind it gives us in case of emergencies, accidents, illnesses, theft, or trip cancellation or disruption. While Greece is safe, there’s always a risk inherent in everyday travel like theft or injury, so it’s better to play it safe.
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Gabi Ancarola is a translator and travel journalist living in Crete. She regularly writes about the island for several magazines about travel, gastronomy, and hospitality. She has published several travel guides about Greece and runs a local gastronomy tour in Chania. She loves cooking local dishes, taking photos, and driving on the mountain roads of Crete.