The large shopping malls are not typical for Crete. Chania, for example, misses such venues. Talos Plaza is the main modern trade centre in Heraklion. Travelers have to search for the traditional areas of trade – Old Market and 1866 street in Heraklion as well as the Municipal Market in Chania.
The Old Market
The Old Market street is another place worth the walk-around. Located near a shopping boulevard, it brings a distinct contrast to the modern shiny trade zones — a favourite area for the local people, Herakliotes. Getting to know the Agora is not the only benefit – you can find fresh food, especially vegetables and fruits from a rural garden; you can taste and buy the local brandy as well. The Old Market is the zone to eat Cretan food and feel the spirit of the city. Nearby a traveler will find another beautiful place – Bembo Fountain, set on Plateia Kornarou.
Municipal Market of Chania
Hatzi Michali Yannari street has probably the broadest variety of shopping options. You can eat on the spot, but you can also buy some Cretan specialty (cheese, honey, wine, herbs) to bring home with you. Lots of gift shops are to be found in the same alley near the National Football Museum.