If you plan on self-catering when staying at Villa Hestia, we recommend that you stop by one of the larger supermarkets on your way from the airport in Argostoli to stock up on your home comforts at either Kritikos Supermarket or Lidl.
We do, however, like to support the local business owners, so if you need additional items whilst staying at the villa, pop along to Panorama Mini Market which is located on the hill that you can see directly opposite the villa.
Panorama Mini Market - Agkonas
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For a good selection of basic food items such as pasta, fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, dairy products, crisps & snacks, water, soft drinks and beer, then its best to head over to the mini market just up the road in Agkonas.
Drive down to the harbour and take the little road that leads up the opposite side of the valley towards the village. It takes about 6 minutes to get there form the villa in a car.
While it might be tempting to lounge by the pool or on the beach all day, going shopping in Kefalonia is something you really must do. Whether you’re on the hunt for local lace or some fabulous wine to go with that home-cooked meal, you’ll find everything you need in the shops and boutiques of Kefalonia.
Delicious fresh food
Before cooking up a storm in the villa’s fully-equipped kitchen, head for nearby Agkonas to stock up at the mini-market, or explore the markets of Argostoli, the island’s capital.
Head straight to the harbour area where you’ll find a sprawling, colourful fruit and vegetable market lining the seafront, as well as a local produce market selling meat and fish just behind the bus station. Look out for local cucumbers and tomatoes, red and green sweet peppers, and garlic from Erissos. Get here by 10am and you may even spot loggerhead turtles arriving in the harbour to feed off scraps from the fishermen, as they arrive with their catch of the day.
Special treats for the folks back home
For souvenirs and local produce, Lithostroto, Argostoli’s pedestrianised shopping street, is the place to be. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, pick up traditional handmade Kefalonian treats like Mantola (deep red coloured almonds roasted in honey, sugar, and egg), Barboule (honey roasted almonds) or Pastokidono, a delicious treat with quince, almonds, and honey.
Shop for handcrafted lace or jewellery in one of the many locally-owned boutiques, or pick up a bottle or two of locally produced Robola wine to take back home – the perfect accompaniment to that evening BBQ. If you’re booking a holiday in Kefalonia, you’ll need some souvenirs to take home for friends and family. Kefalonian olive oil (and olive oil soap) or thyme honey are both made on the island. When you go shopping in Kefalonia, you really are spoilt for choice!