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Address: Monastiraki, Athens, Greece
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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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Really cool square and great market

We visited the square a number of times in our week in Athens. It's got a great atmosphere, and lots of history. Within the square you can see buildings from all different periods... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We visited the square a number of times in our week in Athens. It's got a great atmosphere, and lots of history. Within the square you can see buildings from all different periods of Athenian history. The sunday market is awesome too, if it weren't for luggage weight restrictions I would have bought a boatload of antiques and other curiosities.... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Interesting place, Ermou street connect Syntagma square with it. Good view of Acropolis, lot of restaurants nearby, flea market.

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I learned to walk in Monastiraki. Beautiful small stores, not far from Syntagma square, in few words, Monastiraki is a place to visit while in the beautiful and sunny Athens.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I loved this area of Athens. Someone described it to us as the Soho of Athens and I can see why. Very interesting, lots to look at, lots of restaurants, flea market which doesn't get very 'flea' until the far end, but definitely worth going in and hunting around. Good view of the acropolis and generally nice area to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Remember to barter when paying cash, and don't accept less than a 23% discount (that is the sales tax). Shops without displayed prices will try to rip you off. At best offer 2/3 of the price they ask.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Between Syntagma Square and the Museum a couple of clicks away. Nesstled in the middle is Monastiraki the hub of the underground subway in the center of Andrianou and all the shops and eateries. Old Athens comes to life here at night the smells, music and best foods all under the watchfull eye of the Parthenon. You just cant picture... More 

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Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Charming pedestrian square right in the heart of Athens full of life and has a view of the acropolis.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Plenty to do and it gets busier as evening progresses Great area. But could get a bit wild later in the evening

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

As title says, lots of places to buy souvenirs, people watch and enjoy the buzz. Got a love little bag and a fridge magnet. Lovely Jewellery in the shop that also sells pandora products. Only problem are the Africans selling wristbands and the old women selling tablecloths. In the space of 2 hours we were approached 4 times. Some can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Was great for shopping. Coffee, drinks wete much more expensive here than compared to the Plaka district. The ladies with tablecloths are the ones to be concerned about...DO NOT, DO NOT hold a corner so they can fold it, they will never leave you alone. Very good prices on packaged olives, olive oil, herbs. They were better prices than the... More 

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Address: Monastiraki, Athens, Greece
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Attica  >  Athens>  > Monastiraki

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Monastiraki
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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