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Address: The Plaka, Athens 10556, Greece
Phone Number: 2121040077
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Historic neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the...
Historic neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the Acropolis.
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The Plaka is by far the most enjoyable walking area in the city. Located in the center of Athens, it hosts beautiful neoclassical buildings, the Acropolis and and hundreds of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The Plaka is by far the most enjoyable walking area in the city. Located in the center of Athens, it hosts beautiful neoclassical buildings, the Acropolis and and hundreds of shops, restaurants and cafes where you can rest your feet and enjoy Greek food and drink. There are a number of archaeological spots you can walk through, The plaka leads... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

PLAKA IS FILLED WITH UNIQUE SHOPS AND TERRIFIC RESTAURANTS. It's a fun place to visit. Be sure to have a Freddo Espresso at one of the cute little cafes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great place to walk around especially at night, lots of restaurants and shops to spend a few hours souvenir hunting. Very touristy, so if you like to get away from the tourists this probably isn't the area for you.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

If you like streets that wind around, little shops that carry trinkets for tourists, with the occasional artist at work, along with plenty of cafes and restaurants, this area is for you. I happen to like this area, but I know it isn't for everyone.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very nice area with a lot of stores available. Need to be careful about some pushy people working in stores though. We were able to bargain on a very nice leather backpack, and some blue opal jewelry from several stores. We enjoyed some greek yogurt as well - yummy!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

The main streets to know are eolou and adrianou. Apart from that just wander and get as lost as you like you will always come out somewhere sensible. Don't miss the tower of the winds and the lysikrates monument.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great historical area. Would recommend to stay in this area as you close to everything on the tourist map of athens plus some nice eating joints

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Faroe Islands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

During winter in February 2015, our class visited Athens. We had our minds set on visiting the historical places in Athens, including the famous street Plaka. The trip began on top of acropolis, then we made our way through some narrow, labirynth like streets down through the historical Plaka. The streets were filled with small shops and street sellers, so... More 

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Deltaville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We live in Plaka - it is a wonderful place for people watching and casual shopping - it has some very nice art galleries - but get ready to bargain - this is a tourist destination - expect the food to be ok - but not great - and to be expensive. See my reviews on Zorba's which is one... More 

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

We had dinner in Plaka on two nights during our 3 night stay in Athens. We absolutely loved how this area transforms itself in the evening when it morphs into street cafes with music and candlelight. Be sure not to miss this lovely spot.

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Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
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