Plaka

Plaka, Athens: Address, Plaka Reviews: 4.5/5

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Historic neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the Acropolis.
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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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16,139 reviews
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1,272
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SNSR1206
Greece8 contributions
Amazing Plaka
Jun 2021 • Friends
So far to our knowledge this is the most active and living city centre in Europe.

Everything is open till mid-night. Good vibes , tourist friendly and safe.
Written 13 June 2021
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AnaLorenza
Philadelphia, PA35 contributions
Best Neighborhood in Athens
May 2021
What a beautiful neighborhood! It's the most beautiful one in Athens and has so many charming restaurants and bars. Each street is more beautiful than the next and they all have such great views of the historic sites!
Written 5 June 2021
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jmtez65
Miami, FL25 contributions
A must when visiting Athens
May 2021 • Couples
This neighborhood offers very good restaurants, shops, galleries surrounded by archeological wonders, beautiful churches, and Acropolis views.
Written 27 May 2021
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JennatheJourneyer
Fleetwood, UK20 contributions
Wander the Streets and Enjoy
May 2021
Plaka was my favorite part of Athens. Each time when I asked a local on what I should do they all told me to go and wander the streets of Plaka and that is what I did every day for multiple hours. From the cute little restaurants, to the stores with everything Greek, you surely can find something for you. I would recommend stopping at as many of the tavernas as possible for a drink and some snacks. Best recommendation for drinks would be L'Amiral. Get there early and grab a table on the rooftop, you won't be disappointed.
Written 23 May 2021
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Marie A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates10 contributions
The ancient area of Athens
May 2021
So many places to visit in this neighborhood that use to be the beginning of the city of Athens> Do not miss this area
Written 16 May 2021
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Temer2
Horley, UK1,071 contributions
Great place to wander
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Plaka is a quaint area surrounding the Acropolis with lovely cobbled streets, nice little bars (my hubby and I found an amazing one with only 4 stools and what seemed like hundreds if not thousands of types of alcohol) and restaurants. The fires are pretty fabulous too - we spent a few hours just wandering around enjoying looking at all the cute little shops, restaurants and bars.
Written 24 January 2021
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anemonee
Montreal, Canada14 contributions
You need comfortabe shoes.
Jul 2020
A plethora of little shops will make time run away. Stop for a drink, have an ice cream. Choose from many excellent restaurants.
Written 12 January 2021
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permia
Ireland37,186 contributions
Exciting meanderings
Mar 2020
We began with breakfast in the lovely Melina Merkouri Café. Honouring she affectionately known as the last of the Greek Goddesses it is beautifully atmospheric with photos of the accomplished woman, in addition to fine fare.

We had many a happy hour wandering around gorgeous little streets admiring the surrounds and visiting some of its many attractions.

Wonderful Frissiras Museum has an outstanding collection of art. An engaging temporary exhibition was underway, in addition to superb permanent works such as At the Bar and My Mother with the Silent Telephone.

Eateries abound and we enjoyed tasty outings at Byzantino Restaurant and others.

Not far from the former is the outstanding historic Monument of Lysikrates. Dating from the mid 330s BCE and built by the wealthy Athenian Lysicrates, a Choregos who financed music and dramas in the ancient theatre.

Grand Byzantine churches are plentiful, we particularly liked Agios Nicholas Rangavas Church with gorgeous stone work throughout.

Another fine one on Kidathineon is the Church of the Metamorphosis (Kottakis) set in peaceful sylvan grounds.
Written 7 January 2021
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia2,015 contributions
Quiet and not open.
Mar 2020
We visited in March when the 1st Covid 19 shut down was in place. We couldn't experience the atmosphere that was spoken about in the TripAdvisor reviews. It was a shame as we were really looking forward to it. We will come back when everything is open and hopefully feel the vibe of the area.
Written 7 November 2020
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vkanoulas13
Thessaloniki, Greece123 contributions
Nice walk in Plaka
Oct 2020
If you have time, it worths paying a visit. Nice atmosphere under Acropolis. You can find nice food and excellent food in many places there. Interesting market for gifts and souvenirs.
Written 28 October 2020
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