The area of Athens between Omonoia and Monastiraki has always been the heart of the city’s commercial life. Today, it may not have the glamour of the past, but it is a unique place to discover shops with special products. One of the oldest streets is Evripidou, famous for its shops selling spices and herbs.
Every time I cross Evripidou Street, I am overwhelmed by the aroma of cinnamon, pepper, and oregano, and images of Eastern bazaars come to mind. And every time, the path takes me to Hatzigeorgiou.
Hatzigeorgiou Store has been operating without interruption since 1937 and continues a family tradition in the sale of excellent-quality spices and herbs. In the store, you will get lost in a feast of scents, colors, and exotic names. There are dozens of different types of pepper, from simple black pepper to habanero and szechuan, along with rare species from all over the world (like the Indian spice ras el hanut). But even more impressive is the variety of herbs. From dried orange blossoms to bee pollen, there really isn’t anything you can’t find here. And as if all these were not enough, at Hatzigeorgiou you will find all kinds of tea, superfoods, nuts, dried fruits, local Greek products, and anything else you can imagine.
When I’m here, it’s like traveling through the scents and colors of the five corners of the planet, and every visit is a unique experience that satisfies all my senses.