15th March 2020 - Covid-19 health precautions on Hydra. To minimise contact and to help self-isolation, ALL of the supermarkets and both pharmacies on Hydra will remain open and you can phone your order in and have home delivery. Ring first to get their email address so you can send your list and get a time slot for delivery.
Bexis/Kritikos 22980 52283
Rabias 22980 54064
Maragos 22980 52111
Mitsiou 22980 52520
SuperKmarket 22980 53707
Four Corners 22980 53537
In case of illness (regardless of type, phone for instructions first)
Rafalias Pharmacy 22980 52059
Gavalas Pharmacy 22980 53260
Hospital 22980 53150 or 53151
GP Surgery 22980 52420
Open all year, here you can find the nearest supermarket to where you are staying. Get to know your local shop keepers for your essential supplies especially if you are staying in a holiday home rental on Hydra Island Greece. They all deliver by Mule!
When I first came to Hydra in 2000, there were only two supermarkets in Hydra Town. Today there are four to choose from, and often islanders will buy a bit from each depending on what each has in at different times and after a price comparison. In Kamini, there are four supermarkets although they would be described as general provisions shops elsewhere.
Generally, the supermarkets will stock what you would expect most supermarket chains to offer elsewhere in the world except the range and volume they hold is less as the premises are very much smaller. (Building restrictions on Hydra, as it's designated a national monument, prohibit the building of larger properties.)
Be aware that brand names that you might recognise, such as Heinz Baked Beans, will be a lot more expensive than the local, and equally as good, variety of tinned beans. This is because they are imported. Similarly, it is less expensive, and a much tastier option, to buy cheese from the block at the delicatessen counters rather than pre-packed options.
I don't think there are any supermarkets on the island where the staff don't speak English so if you can't find something, just ask.
The Rabias, Maragos & Bexis supermarkets all offer free home delivery.