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Address: Monastiraki, Athens, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Great shopping place with shops and a flea market. Right in the centre of Athens. You can buy your souvenirs, find a cafe and relax, walk in the warm sunlight, and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Athens, Greece
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114 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great shopping place with shops and a flea market. Right in the centre of Athens. You can buy your souvenirs, find a cafe and relax, walk in the warm sunlight, and the archaeological sites.

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Oregon, Ohio
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

just walk the streets and look at the history. There are so many great restaurants and never enough time to eat at them all.

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Athens, Greece
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A visit to Monastiraki is a visit to "ancient" Athens. It's a very picturesque place to visit downtown Athens. The view from certain parts is the Acropolis, and the market lovely and different. If you come to Athens it is a must.....

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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the square where you might probably pass by everyday as it is close to most places that could be called central. For eating,shopping,strolling around and exploring the city for a beginning it is one of the nicest spots. Do not forget to pass by the flea market, but also keep in mind if you want to buy especially... More 

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173 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best of Athens. The streets are full of people. A special atmosphere. Full of restaurants bars and shopping. You can enjoy any time of day.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the main busy square with all the buzzing activities of Athens. It is a nice place to go as it is close to the flea market, shopping centre and restaurants. There is also a main metro stop where you connect to all other places in Athens. Just watch out for pick pockets.

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Irákleio, Iraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Monastiraki is a must see while you are visiting Athens, it combines small shops where you can buy clothes , shoes e.t.c or just souvenirs, lots of nice cafes which offer a spectacular view at the Greek ancient ruins and Acropolis.it offers a unique atmosphere to the visitors. Every Sunday morning there is a big flea market taking place where... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of beggers and street vendors as expected but just off the square a few lovely restaurants, watch your bags ladies, lots of lovely antique shops down some of the alleyways, be brave and explore.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Monastiraki is the perfect place to meet with friends and walk from here to Acropolis, because it's a big square and the metro stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the evenings this area is so overcrowded, it's difficult to walk. The restaurants around are mainly for lost tourists, so unless you know the place, you will most probably end up getting pretty bad food.

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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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