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The Athens Metro Mall or Μετρο Μαλλ opened November 30, 2010, featuring 85 stores, 18 cafes and restaurants, free Wi-Fi and a Volta Fun Park for kids on 21,500 sq. meters, just above the Ag. Dimitrios metro station. It is the first mall in the southern suburbs.
Its official website launched in Greek only, a week after the mall opened, and finally offers an English version as of April 2011: www.athensmetromall.gr.
My article — created before the official website and in English — will be left in place for anyone seeking one-page access to info and reviews.
*Article last updated January 2, 2013
Leof. Vouliagmenis 276
17343 Ag. Dimitrios
Phone/fax: (210) 9769 444
Hours of Operation
*During the Christmas season, shops open Sunday but close on major holidays. See “Holiday shopping hours for Athens.”
Cafes, Restaurants and Cinema:
*Information on the brochure says “until early morning hours.”
The Information Desk said that cafes and fast food outlets are open until 22:00 or midnight, with restaurant/bars staying open until 1:00 or 2:00. The cinema closes whenever the last movie ends. But let’s remember that the parking garage closes at 2:00.
By Athens metro (easiest):
Take Line 2 (red) toward Ag. Dimitrios, which is currently the last stop. When getting off the train, go to the right toward Vouliagmenis/Metaxa, then up the stairs/escalator. Go right again and up the stairs/escalator. It’s on top of you!
Take lines #219, 816 to bus stop ‘Terma/Τέρμα’ at Plateia Panagouli.
Take lines #109, 154, 155, 171, 210, 219, A3, A4, B3, X97, 790 to bus stop ‘Darzenta/Δαρζέντα.’
*Buses 113, 208, 213, B4 are listed on the brochure and website but were discontinued by OASA on December 1, 2011.
It’s on Leof. Vouliagmenis. On the right side of the road, if going toward Glyfada. On the left side of the road, if traveling toward the center/kentro.
Parking is free/δωρεάν but limited to 1,200 spaces on three levels. Special parking for disabled persons available.
Hours of operation:
Places to Shop
The front entrance is on the 1st floor, with the ground, 1st and 2nd floors for shopping. Stores are closed on Sunday, but the mall is open for window shopping.
Where to Eat
Fast-food places and most cafes are on the 3rd floor with a large outdoor balcony area where guests can sit and eat, plus Village Cinemas on the far side. On the 4th floor is a roof garden with La Pasteria, Flocafe and TGI Friday’s.
Cinnabon — What’s a Cinnabon? Click the link. Also see “First Cinnabon in Athens” for photos/review.
Taco Bell — See “New Taco Bell in Athens, Greece” for photos/review. *Closed
Interested in other American franchises? See “Taste of America in Greece.”
Owner Panagiotis Konstantinou of Talima Venture is a Greek from Venezuela, whose grandfather emigrated to Brazil in 1949 and then moved to Venezuela where the next generation started in real estate.
The family purchased the Agios Dimitrios plot in 1995, applied for a building permit in 2000 and didn’t receive approval until 2007, forcing them to open during a recession. Three years and €75 million later, the mall is open and has created 1,000 local jobs.
Another Mall in Athens?
If you think Athens has too many malls, hold onto your shopping bag. Athenian Capitol, an eco-friendly mall and vintage car museum began operating December 22, 2010 near the National Archaeological Museum after several delays; Stasinopoulos expects to welcome shoppers at the Kifissos Mall next to IKEA in 2011; McArthur Glenn opened its Athens Designer Outlet Village in Spata on June 2, 2011 and Smart Park set up shop next door in October 2011.
Attica Department stores will also open a branch in Thessaloniki at Mediterranean Cosmos, as of March 2012.
Though malls in Greece report sales are down 10 percent despite foot traffic being up, this is far better than most retail shops recording an up to 50 percent decrease in turnover.
Athens Metro Mall brochure from the Information Desk
“Consumers in Greece prefer shopping malls” — To Vima
“Επτά χρόνια για μια… απλή αδειοδότηση” — Kathimerini
“Επενδύσεις 300 εκατ. για 4 νέα malls” — Imerisia
“New mall to open in recession-hit Greece” — Kathimerini
“Opening Night at Ag. Dimitrios” — Village Cinemas
“30 Νοεμβρίου, το Athens Metro Mall” — Eleftherotypia
“Athenian Capitol: Νέος πολυχώρος ανοίγει στο κέντρο της Αθήνας” — Imerisia
“Future shopping malls in Athens may only be located near former Olympic stadium or metro station” — Kathimerini
“McArthurGlen spends 100 million euros on first store in Greece” — Bloomberg
Countdown page, now broken: www.metromall.gr
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