The good old Greek Periptero


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 other confectionaries.


The Periptero is as much a part of 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.

*Old Periptero in Athens at Stadiou street

The first appeared in Greece at the end of the 19th Century, as a form of 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 landlines, so the Periptero became the place people would go to make phone calls and they were very popular.


The Periptero has come under threat over the last few years due to anti-smoking laws and increased taxation on tobacco however, there are still plenty of them around and here are some great images of the good old Periptero over the years.

Periptero One of the first in Athens
One of the first in Athens
Athens 1955
*Periptero in Athens, 1955
Athens, at Kolokotroni St, 1965
*Kolokotroni Street in 1965
at Naoussa village Paros island
*In Naoussa Village, Paros Island
*Samos Island
Syntagma Square Periptero
Periptero in the 1990s
Athens Periptero


GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.