To do your shopping in Athens you need…money, so let’s first check banking hours. Banks open Monday through Friday from 8 am till 2:30 pm, but on Friday they close earlier at 2 pm. No need to worry though: there are a handful of branches in the downtown area that remain open until 7 pm during the week and 10 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Department stores and some shopping malls in Athens are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays. All stores are closed on Sundays, except shops in tourist areas, that offer plenty of shopping opportunities for the visitor. Tourist shops in the historic center of Athens are open seven days a week as are most restaurants in the same area, with stores opening as early as 8:00 am and closing as late as 11:00 pm. Some restaurants stay open way past midnight, or until the last customer is ready to leave!