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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