If you’ve ever travelled to Greece, there is no doubt you have come across and used a Periptero, which is a small kiosk selling anything from tobacco, phone cards, water, soft drinks, newspapers, magazines, ice cream, gum, as well as another confectionary.
The Periptero is a part of the Greek lifestyle as a Taverna or Kafeneion, so whether you are in a big city, remote village or Cycladic island, you are bound to find one, even though yes, they are becoming scarce.
The first Periptero in Greece appeared at the end of the 19th Century to provide financial assistance to the war-wounded. At first, the only products found in a kiosk were tobacco and newspapers. In the ’50s and the ’60s, kiosks also had telephones as most Greek households didn’t have land-lines, so the Periptero became the place people would go to make phone calls were very popular.
The Periptero has come under threat over the last few years due to anti-smoking laws and increased tobacco taxation. However, there are still plenty of them around and here are some great images of the good old Periptero over the years.