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Address: Athens, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Lively flea market neighborhood with lots of small tavernas serving...

Lively flea market neighborhood with lots of small tavernas serving good-value local snacks.

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A Marketplace in the Center of Athens/ the Plaka

Monasteraki is one of the few places in the Plaka that have retained some authenticity. There are vendors who sell local fruits and vegetables from their carts. There are also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Potomac, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice little market place even if its full of people trying to con you into paying money If you didn't go you wouldn't be missing much

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Monasteraki is one of the few places in the Plaka that have retained some authenticity. There are vendors who sell local fruits and vegetables from their carts. There are also some small cafes and restaurants that offer authentic Greek food and pastries. Since it also serves as a major transportation node for the underground train and bus systems, it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A lot of people. There's a lot of restaurants and many serve the same things. Lots of souvenir shops and other shops from clothes, shoes, nuts, jewelry, and stupid phone covers. The liveliness of the location made us come back here almost every day of our trip. Most of the ancient sites are located all around this central point.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We've passed through the square and neighborhood several time and there are always a lot of people! There is a church in the middle of the square but is locked everytime. There's a lot of restaurants and stores around. Beware of the locals who pump your fist and sell you a bracelet. Just ignore everyone and anyone who tries to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A very wonderful view of the government building. The marching of the soldiers are awsome and a one time sight to see

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Monastiraki district has a lot of souvenirs shops, prices are moderate. Also, a lot of tavernas, cocktail bars and restaurants. The market (fruits, fish, meat) and a lot of shops are close to the Monastiraki metro station. From the metro station you can go to Acropolis.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Here is where you realize that Athens is a multicultured,multicoloured,busy capital.thousands of people on this huge meeting point for the greeks but also for visitors.take a walk to any destination you prefere.you are next to Acropolis,to Acropolis Museum,Gazi district,Psiri district,Agia Irini square(new hot spot).Take your own walk path and explore the beauty and mysteries of Athens.Hundreds of every kind of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most intresting areas to walk in Athens . Time recommeended after 17.00. Outside the tube station there are always youngsters playing music or dancing which makes the square always alive .Walking down the small streets you still can understandand how the old neighbours of Athens looked like .Many shols,coffee shops,small restaurants and very good coctail... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was expecting more from Monastiraki. I may have missed some attractions , but my satisfaction with Akropolis was way higher than Monastiraki. Firstly, the ancient Agora was closed for visit on Sunday afternoon which must have affected my humour . The traffic around is caothic and the number of unreliable salesmen is big . I have been in a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A typical neighbourhood to walk slowly or stroll. The city services, in particular municipal sanitation, can put more effort in this neighbourhood.

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Monastiraki
Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
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