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“Plaka and Monastiraki: shop, nosh, and relax”

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Shop to your hearts content and don’t forget the evil eye – The oldest section of Athens, Plaka is predominantly pedestrian only (although keep an ear out for scooters, they’re everywhere). You will find virtually every kind of shop here, as well as cafes and tavernas. We stayed at the Royal Olympic hotel and walked around the Acropolis, through Plaka and Monastiraki on a couple evenings. You can wander through the shops, searching for that perfect chachski and then stop at any one of the plentiful tavernas for dinner. The primary difference between cafes and tavernas seems to be the food menu, with tavernas offering more options. Monastiraki is more known as the flea market area and you’ll be surprised at the variety of items found on the tables. Make sure you find a place to sit and enjoy the local fare…..one night saw us at the Diogenis Taverna (see review elsewhere). There is plenty to see, people watching, listening to Buskers, or sitting down with a cold Mythos beer. No need to stay at your hotel. Wander around just like the locals, you’ll be surprised how enjoyable it is.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Monastiraki Square is a center of activity day and night.
One of the best places to buy just about anything is the Flea Market of Monastiraki. I wouldn’t call it a Flea Market on regular days though, but a Grand Bazar.

What to Buy?
Anything that looks interesting.

You never know what you will find especially on a Sunday….all kinds of stuff from junk to antiques!

The tiny shops contain everything from worry beads, furs, backgammon sets, toy evzone soldiers, ancient Greek bottle openers, Byzantine Icons, paintings, statues, handbags with the Parthenon on and so on.

You will find sandals made by Chinese factory workers or made right there in the shop and fitted exactly to your foot.

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Reviewed 1 March 2014

You can find all manner of jewelry, paintings, replicas of ancient artifacts, religious objects, musical instruments and wood carved objets d'art in the market. The usual tourist-focused T shirts, etc. are everywhere. But wandering around the market and heading uphilll and around toward the Acropolis museum, you can find small ancient churches, tucked away tavernas and lovely open-air restaurants to keep you happy for hours or even days as you window and gift shop.

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