Most of the local ceramics are produced by local craftsmen, who produce exact replicas of archaic Greek vases, sculptures, replicas of museum pieces, Byzantine icons, folklore weaving and modern Greek artistry. You'll also find the finest quality gold, silver and precious stones, as well as lots of places to buy leather bags, shoes and other accessories at very good prices. On the culinary front, the local thyme honey, olive oil, red cheese (goat cheese covered in red wine), and wine make perfect gifts.
Along with many of the Greek Islands, the best way to appreciate the great variety of Greek specialities is by ordering a meze, which will comprise small plates of dips as well as local fish and meat dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Tavernas and restaurants offer a wide variety of local and international cuisine.
As a small island, Kalymnos is not famed for its nightlife. That said, you'll still be able to experience outstanding food, drink and music in the island's main resorts. Many traditional tavernas offer regular Greek nights, which are a great way to experience the famous warm Greek hospitality. If its livelier bars and discos you seek the bustling resort of Massouri boasts a good selection, with some open until dawn.