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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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We probably walked through this square every day for the week we were in Athens. The side streets have great local cuisine, cheap to moderate. You do have to watch for pickpockets... read more

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We probably walked through this square every day for the week we were in Athens. The side streets have great local cuisine, cheap to moderate. You do have to watch for pickpockets or people who will grab your wrist to tie a woven bracelet on you, then ask for payment. Just keep an eye on your belongings. That said, we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When you visit Athens you have to pass from monastiraki is at the city center. The old flea market is there and actually is all around the historical sites and especially Acropolis rock and the Parthenonas temple. Enjoy the view with the sun as you drinking a Greek coffee.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Even in the off season this area is very busy. The flea market is a lot of shops with a lot of touristy stuff. If you love to browse and shop you will probably like it. I am not much of a shopper and this kind of "market" is not my kind of experience. Lots of restaurants and places to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We got to the MOnastrili a couple of times while in Athens. It's one of the most popular tourist places in the city. You can find a wide variety of bars and restaurants around here, lots of souvenir shops and a very good starting point for visiting historical attractions! a definite must-see

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Monastiraki is bustling with tourist and Athenians. It's a large plaza that unites access to historical sites, shopping in Plaka, a street flea market, fresh food stands, open air cafes, and access to the Metro. Great place to stop for a bite to eat and rest before your next adventure. Phenomenal people watching.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This a flea market area filled with overpriced stuff. Groups hang out and try to tie bracelets on you. They are very pushy but keep saying NOO!!! They tie it on you then insist you pay for it because it can't be untied. We saw couple after couple get "tied" into the scheme. This is also the WORST place to... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A type of flee market where everything is overpriced but you can lower the price by talking off the salesman.. keep an eye on your personal belongings. There are also guys who sale handmade knotted bracelet and if you refuse they insist take it as a gift. DO NOT.. IT'S A TRICK.. they make you buy it after all... The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This used to be the old "bargain" market of Athens. One could buy anything would need at first of second or ....hand! The non new items of course were heavily bargained. Since then the market has changed a lot. Mostly new items are sold there, apart from some antique shops and old vinyl disk shops, where one may find beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Monastiraki is the flea market of Athens and the heart of Plaka, where all the magnificent archaeological sites of old Athens merge. Enjoy the view to the Acropolis, walk the narrow streets and look for memorabilia of another ear or just taste the great street food! Whatever you choose to do, it is definitely going to be an unforgettable experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Monastiraki is a fantastic place to visit, either to have a look around the flea market on a sunday or Nik Nak shops for your souvenirs. There is a Xmas Coffee Shop, stalls, shops and Cafe bars to chill and watch the world go by.

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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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