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. The island's main shopping centre is in Kos Town.
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.
A visit to Kos Town's bar street is a must for any party lover, where lively bars and nightclubs are open until the early hours. Whether you want a nice quiet, relaxed evening in pretty surroundings or a lively night out, there is certainly something for everyone in the cosmopolitan capital. Kardamena is a very popular resort with British tourists, renowned throughout the island for its vibrant night-life.