In the historic triangle of the city, nearby Omonoia square, lies the oldest toy store in Athens, at the exact same spot where Antonis Damigos opened it in 1925. Since then, many things have changed; in the toys, in the people and in downtown Athens which has gradually lost its former glory. The store, however, is firmly at the same spot, welcoming its old customers, now coming in with their children and own grandchildren to buy toys.
Myrto and Marina are the third generation of shop owners. The people who visit them to get something for their child see the toys they used to play with when they were children themselves. And it is more than a few times that they buy something for themselves, too, as the toys in the store are not meant only for children.
Wooden toys, lead soldiers, carousels, rare dolls, cars and puzzles are some of the unique toys one can only find there. Wandering among them makes me feel like I am back in my childhood room and I become a kid again for a little while. So if you feel like reminiscing or buying a special present, then definitely include this to your next walk.
Tip: For even more toys, visit the Toy Museum (1 Tritonos St, 175 61 Palaio Faliro), opened just recently that is really remarkable!