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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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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London, United Kingdom
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was PACKED in the evening hours. So many shops, music, food and sweets everywhere!! Monastiraki was absolutely amazing. Worth spending a day and evening there for dinner and drinks

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everytime I visit Monasteraki it never fails to make my day,full of energy and all types of people but mostly young and street performers. Not for walking to acropolis tho, better change to red line metro rather than walking all this distance.

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New York City, New York, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i can just sit here for hours and be entertained by people coming and going. be careful of touts and your valuables. it can get crowded. lots of places to eat or just sit and have coffee and watch people. oh and there is also market to shop souvenirs.

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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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