Plaka
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Wander through the narrow cobblestone alleys of this neighborhood at the foothills of the Acropolis. You'll find quaint shops selling jewelry, clothes, ceramics, and souvenirs, plus sidewalk restaurants and family-run taverns serving authentic Greek food. Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens, you’ll be able to see Roman columns, medieval churches, and ancient landmarks like the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. The area gets busy, especially during summer, so visit in the early morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds. Explore Plaka and the nearby landmarks on a guided tour of Athens—it will typically include the Acropolis, Parthenon, and other ancient temples and museums. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 3 min walk
  • Akropoli • 7 min walk
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  • molly7707
    Orlando, Florida61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feels a Little Surreal
    Honestly, it took me a little while to get used to some of the things that are done in Greece but once I did, I loved it. The Plaka is a wonderful area. Feels a little surreal to be walking around, shopping, eating, with the beautiful Acropolis looming above. We were just there. The last couple of days began to get VERY busy. Lots of people to walk around, get nudged by, etc. but we still enjoyed it. All of the people we encountered in the service area, from sales to restaurant staff, were extremely pleasant and helpful. I hope to have the opportunity to visit this area again.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • KC30000
    England, United Kingdom92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful atmosphere
    Visited Plaka en route up to the Acropolis (and the Parthenon). Always busy with its narrow streets filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. There is always such a unique atmosphere here (as have visited before), full of history and charm. We also stopped here for lunch which was great. Although generally a safe area, as it is very busy please be mindful of your personal belongings when walking around this area, though we had no issues.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Solo granny
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shopping Mecca
    Plaka is a great place to find a hotel, because it's conveniently located. There are plenty of places to shop in the area that won't break the bank. One word of warning!!! There will be pick pockets in the crowds. They will find some unsuspecting tourist to steal from, so be careful that it isn't you.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Sue W
    Edmonton, Canada254 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this place
    I had been there 25 years ago - my first visit to Greece. So fun, poking around the shops, and stopping for drinks and food along the way. This time it was just as great, but there were a lot more people, and quite a few Mickie Mouse people wanting money to take a photo. LOL. Didn't matter. I loved it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • MS11M22S
    United Kingdom216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous area of Athens
    Fabulous part of Athens that is bustling with bars, restaurants, shops, ice cream parlours and ancient ruins! Lovely vibe during the day and it really comes alive at night with a busier pace. All the while, when you look up, you see the commanding view of the Acropolis & Parthenon above you!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming neighborhood
    My wife and I strolled through the Plaka each day of our stay in Athens. The narrow cobblestone streets with numerous shops and restaurants are charming. The highlight is having the Acropolis and Parthenon looming above you. It is really unforgettable.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • CarolGerry
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to wander about then cool off at a local tavern with a nice cool drink . Not to be missed it Mirror Magique tavern.
    Plaka is easy to get to on the local bus from Adamantas. Cost for a single journey on the island if Milos is #2 euro. You can walk around the old town. And there are a few quaint restaurants you can sit and cool down with a cold beer 🍺
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 July 2023
  • drpclarke
    295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    girl time!
    Ooh! Fun tourist shopping. I say "tourist" because..well, that's what it is...don't come here looking for something unique. Great atmosphere, fun shopping, and just overall enjoyable. Leave the husbands at home and do some girl shopping!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • jackd_10
    Nahant, Massachusetts252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Neighborhood in Athens
    Charming neighborhood at the foot of the Acropolis. Streets are colorful with many shops and restaurants. Great area to just wander and enjoy the sights and sounds. Close to the palace and the impressive changing of the guard ceremony. Hotel Plaka was a perfect location for our visit.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • drAnanya
    Bengaluru, India101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mezedes, Athens
    Great food in a happening street in Plaka, Athens. We tried authentic Greek food, Dolmades, Mezze platter. We were given a complimentary sweet. This is very common in Greece to offer their speciality as a complimentary offering.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
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Mark G
Dieppe, Canada489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is an old part of athens near the acropolis. Lots of restaurants and nice vibe. Couple of great restaurants located on a long row of steps. Lots of shops and rooftop restaurants.
Written 24 May 2024
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Graciela N
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Don't miss a thing! Lot to see all over. Amazing places to eat, have a drink, bakeries, shopping, what you look for is there.
Written 8 May 2024
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Libby
Toronto, Canada23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Cats - beautiful cats everywhere . Wonderful shopping and views of the acropolis. Small churches, archeological digs, village of Anafiotik and superior gelatos.
Written 28 April 2024
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Maxine Banks
Saffron Walden, UK435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great part of the city to explore the small streets and numerous restaurants and bars set alongside quaint staircases that head up towards the Acropolis. Fantastic atmosphere in the evenings with lots of live music and dancing. I would highly recommend this part of the city to visitors.
Written 28 April 2024
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Ozra H
Washington DC, DC102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Plaka is the heart of Athens ! Best place to stay as a tourist . Lots of shops , restaurants , coffee shops . You can walk from Plaka to Acropolis and enjoy the beauty of the city . We really enjoyed our time
Written 25 April 2024
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LydiaMiami
Miami, FL225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Plaka is a very interesting section of Athens. There are many historical
sites within the area. The streets have many shops, restaurants and cafes. The Greek people are very friendly and helpful in this area,but you still have to watch put for street vendors.
Written 20 April 2024
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Yazan Zaid
Jerusalem, Israel54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Plaka charms with its picturesque streets, affordable shopping, and vibrant atmosphere. The friendly locals enhance the experience, making it a delightful place for visitors.
Written 19 April 2024
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Mittu T
London, UK38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Nice scenic place . But it is marketed so much for tourists. Too Mach crowd . On top of that pickpockets. If you have been to Spanish costal places , you may not be too impressed . Food is ok .
Written 18 April 2024
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Girija199
Nairobi, Kenya64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
the quaint cobbled lanes of Plaka with its vibrant atmosphere and many shops selling a plethora of things from clothes to souvenirs to jewellery and the many local restaurants and rooftop coffee shops are a must visit for any tourist visiting Athens. There is a flea market in Monestriaki which is also interesting. There is no bargaining to be done in all the shops in Plaka. The shopkeepers may offer a small discount for cash payments though.
Written 8 April 2024
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Μιχαλης Μ
Athens, Greece43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Possibly the most beautiful area within Athens, just into the centre of the city. Very close to public transport but also within walking distance from the main centre. Picturesque and unique, excellent cafés, restaurants and sightseeing.
Written 5 April 2024
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