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Address: Monastiraki, Athens, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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A fun place to recharge after (or before) the Acropolis Museum

Monastiraki Square and the surrounding streets is a really nice area to rest, recharge, and refuel. Lots of little shops with gifts and lots of cafes and restaurants to enjoy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Monastiraki Square and the surrounding streets is a really nice area to rest, recharge, and refuel. Lots of little shops with gifts and lots of cafes and restaurants to enjoy Greek specialties. Great place to people watch!! Very busy, so mind your surroundings (if you absolutely hate crowded places, you should probably skip)... In hot weather many places will have... More 

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It certainly is a buzzing market. Filled with all the souvenir shops. We did however get 3 HUGE nectarines for an incredible 1 euro from a fruit stall in the centre. They were absolutely delicious! Well worth the walk through.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had accommodation in Athenas St and it worked out great for spending time in Monasteraki which was always buzzing , day and night .... we really enjoyed this area and it made our visit to Athens memorable

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Crewkerne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Wonderful atmosphere great food and people watching. Souvenirs bit same year and not such good bargains as 30 years ago

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It has too much weird people in just one place. I honestly hate it. Watch out for the guys on the street who try to glad your arm to sell you stuffs you don't want. Even the services in the area is awful - I think the athenians working there are bad paid, because they threat you badly and seems... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Busy spot, plenty of people at night both locals and tourists, however, mostly the latter. Numerous restaurants and cafes, personally, I recommend "Metro" - fantastic and smooth service, delicoius and fresh food. It's really comforting to sit there and wind down with a glass of wine, after a long day. Again, if you're looking for a quiet place, please look... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This became our homing point. Not far from Plaka, the graffiti has not yet reached its full Athens level. If you need fresh juice, a coffee, a cash machine, you'll find it in Monasitiraki. We found some mass produced tourist items for my kids to bring back for friends. And cabs. There's a line of cabs for getting back to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

When you are in Athens, and you really want to get a taste of REAL Greek Food & Yoghurt, then visiting the Monastiraki Area of Athens, it's a definite MUST !!! You can find some real nice Greek Taverns, to sit, relax and eat REAL & AMAZING Greek food, to satisfy both your body and your soul! It's almost guaranteed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

is the most vibrant part of Athens in one of the most istorical,there is everything around!hotels,restaurants,flea market,shopping area,historical points of interest,and of course is crowded so keep your eyes open all the time...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Nights in monastiraki square are always an entertainment! Regardless of the day, it is always packed of people and some sort of show/ entertainment going on With loads of restaurants and the flea market- sure is a place to visit

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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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