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Monastiraki

Monastiraki, Athens, Greece
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Ranked #27 of 198 attractions in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Lively flea market neighborhood with lots of small tavernas serving good-value local snacks.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Saint Peter, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

In all my walking and wandering this was the square where I often returned to. Great food both quick and leisurely, shopping nearby of the flea market and tres chic variety, the Acropolis overhead in the background and at night the square is filled with music and lively people. I ate at two of the restaurants on the entrance to... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We stopped here as part of a day trip in Athens. It's a busy area, nice for wandering around and looking in the shops or getting something to eat. We had lunch here and there was plenty of choice. Lots of souvenir shops selling the same usual things. It made for a good lunch stop and a nice wander afterwards.

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Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Monastiraki square is great bustling, busy place that's full of people. There's a great back drop of the Acropolis view (which is lit up at night). There are lots of tavernas and eateries where people gather and eat, seemingly a national tradition. You'd never know the country is in a financial downfall. An old monastery is right next to an... More

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Perth WA
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45 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I had visited this flea market 30 years before and it still had the same charm, mixture of junk and bargains, and crowds as before. Great fun to walk around but I suspect you need to get up early to find the real bargains. Go if you're visiting Athens.

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Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
47 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We found it to be much like Plaka which we loved. The food, the shopping and in Monastiraki, Hadrian's Library with the Acropolis in the background. We found ourselves returning again and again to Plaka and Monastiraki just to immerse ourselves in the culture of Athens. We loved them both.

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Athens, Greece
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18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Monastiraki square is a recently renovated elegant square. Since the ottoman's rule in Athens the area was a important commercial area with its nearby upper and lower Bazzar. The square is a hub of many important streets and the underground metro lines. Pandrosou street is a historical narrow street full of tourist shops. Mitropoleos street is full of kebab and... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Compared to Turkey's Bazaars, or Bangkok's Markets, or Florida's version of a Flea Market, this was more like "Strip mall" shopping without much else, in our experience. There was little to no haggling, as we've experienced elsewhere in the world at traditional "flea markets". The shops where in nice "storefronts", not tents/booths, and had all sorts of knickknacks and souvenirs,... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It was very crowded around the monastiraki train (called metro) station. Nothing special except it is a good start to enter the Adrianou street. (don't miss yogolicious frozen yoghurt ... it was awesome)

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Roseville, Minnesota
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Monastiriki is sort of a hub, so we visited multiple times (family with 4 kids), approaching it from different directions--once when we came down the north side of the Acropolis, once when we came from the main shopping district to the east. Here's the skinny: 1) from the square you can see three great religious traditions: the Christian monastery in... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A flea and food market by day, a party at night. Very lively square. Street vendors, guitarists, rappers, young performers,restaurants and little gift shops line the street to create a fun and lively atmosphere. Don't miss monastiraki square.

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