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“Good Pedestrian Shopping Street” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ermou Street

Ermou Street
Athens, Greece
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Ranked #68 of 178 Attractions in Athens
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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“Good Pedestrian Shopping Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

What was most interesting to me on Ermou Street is the involuntary but perfect showcase of what good urban planning of a street can do to a city. Ermou is divided into two parts: the pedestrian part and the regular street-with-cars part. The difference is staggering. The pedestrian part is a nice shopping street which is a pleasure to walk in, while the other part is dirty and poorly maintained, and makes the city look like a dump (as do many other similar streets in Athens, unfortunately).

The pedestrian part though is a pleasure to walk through, and contains many shops including most of the popular fashion brands. There are some bars, diners and restaurants and a random one we ate in had excellent Alpha Beer (an Athenian brand). The atmosphere is as good or better than similar pedestrian streets elsewhere in the world. Most buildings are renovated because you can't have a posh pedestrian street with crumbling dirty buildings (except in my town).

You can walk along the street from Syntagma Square to Monastiraki Square (or vice versa), which is also close to the Acropolis and many other attractions in Athens.

Visited October 2012
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“nice stores”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Nice stores if you are looking for regular shopping vs tourists shopping. Many street vendors with fake big name purses and watches though... Teen daughters loved it.

Visited August 2013
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El Paso, Texas
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“Don't go! Not worth it!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

On my first day in Athens I wandered down Ermou Street. The street was packed with vendors selling uninteresting, used merchandise-batteries, used clothes, etc.. A woman was selling an interesting utensil used to core vegetables. I bought 2 and when I arrived at the hotel I noticed that one was broken. The reviews for this street make it sound like there are interesting curiosities for sale...not so.

Visited June 2013
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“wonderful place for every thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I went to athens for 2weels in a business trip , at least 10 days from them I was regularly a guest for this lovely street and this neibourhood , every thing you might need to buy is their , many good brands with nice prices , you shoud not miss a walk in this street as long you are in athens

Visited July 2012
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Suffolk, Virginia
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“Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This street has more higher end of stores. Name brand stores. This street has lots of cafes too. I didn't feel like I was in the tourist area at all.

Visited May 2013
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