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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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Remember to barter

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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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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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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If looking for souvenirs, then you cannot go past Monastiraki. Small streets full of shops offering many types of souvenirs. Be aware that it can get crowded so be patient :-)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This place is really beautiful and is worth a visit. You can find many shops and restaurants there and is perfect to sit and enjoy the mood after a long day of wandering. The Monastiraki place is just at the bottom of the many beautiful monuments Athens offers us, and gives us the opportunity to admire the gorgeous site of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Loved it here great markets and shops and a lovely bakery. Watch out for the wrist band people though usually of African decent they put wrist bands on you as you walk to try and sell them to you but they wont take no for an answer. then they say ok you keep, but then they follow you and then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

If you know the Great Bazaar of Istambul, the picture of Monastiraki is pretty much the same. Many shops with many things that mostly you don't need but you enjoy watching. Traditional shops with sweets-Kataifi, loukumi that you might consider buying for family and friends... Olive wooden figurines, and kitchen tools, plates that Greeks say that last for 20 years...for... 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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