Shopping in Patmos

When visiting Patmos, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in and purchase delicious local products that cannot be found anywhere else.

Traditional Cheeses

Patmos is renowned for its traditional local cheeses, which resemble tarts and are widely used in local cuisine. The island is particularly famous for “mizithra,” “xinomyzithra” (dry “mizithra” used in macaroni dishes), “touloumotiri” (a soft, granular, spicy goat cheese ripened in inverted goat skins), and “kalathoto” (a hard cheese made from a mixture of sheep and goat milk). You can purchase these local cheeses from the dairies of Giannis Stratas in Skala and Aristides Miaoulis in Grikos.

Cheese Pies

Don’t miss the opportunity to try the local cheese pies. The renowned “patiniotiki” cheese pie is made with three different types of local cheese, sprinkled with cinnamon, and is unique in taste. You can purchase these delectable treats from the bakery of Stavros Kumanis in Patmos.


Patmos is also known for its delicious sweets, particularly the “pougia.” “Pougia” are traditional desserts available in baked and fried versions, both filled with walnuts and almonds and sprinkled with local flower water, giving them a distinct flavor. Another delightful sweet treat is “axladakia,” made with almond paste, and the mouthwatering “svigi.” Additionally, Patmian producers offer “dasogalo,” a soft drink made from almonds and rosewater. You can purchase these delectable sweets from the pastry shop “Haris” in Skala.


While traditionally Patmos had vineyards producing the white wine of Alexandria known as “fokiano” wine, made from a red variety of grapes and slightly sweet, nowadays only a few residents produce homemade wine for personal consumption. If you’re fortunate enough to come across someone who sells this wine, you can buy it from them. Alternatively, you can taste and purchase an excellent new white wine produced on the island called Patinos “Domaine de l’Apocalypse.”

Exploring Local Crafts

Aside from delectable food products, Patmos offers a variety of unique and exquisite handicrafts that make for memorable souvenirs or gifts.

Embroidery and Textiles

Patmos is known for its skilled artisans who create intricate embroidery and textiles. You can find beautifully crafted tablecloths, pillowcases, and garments adorned with traditional designs and patterns. Visit local shops and boutiques in Chora and Skala to browse through these exquisite handmade creations and bring a piece of Patmos’ artistic heritage home with you.

Ceramics and Pottery

Discover the artistry of Patmian ceramics and pottery, which showcase the island’s rich craftsmanship. From decorative vases and plates to functional pieces like mugs and bowls, these handcrafted ceramics are a testament to the island’s traditional techniques and attention to detail. Local artisans infuse their creations with elements of Patmos’ natural beauty, resulting in unique and eye-catching pieces that reflect the island’s spirit.

Jewelry and Accessories

Add a touch of Patmos’ elegance to your wardrobe with locally made jewelry and accessories. From delicate silver bracelets adorned with religious motifs to intricately designed earrings and necklaces inspired by the island’s natural surroundings, these handcrafted pieces capture the essence of Patmos’ beauty and spirituality. Explore the shops in Chora and Skala to find the perfect keepsake to cherish or gift to a loved one.

By supporting local craftsmen and artisans, you not only acquire exquisite and meaningful items but also contribute to the preservation of Patmos’ cultural heritage and artistic traditions. Take a piece of this enchanting island home with you and treasure the memories of your time in Patmos for years to come.

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