Monastiraki

Monastiraki, Athens: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Monastiraki Reviews: 4/5

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
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Sunday
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About
Lively flea market neighborhood with lots of small tavernas serving good-value local snacks.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 1 min walk
  • Thissio • 6 min walk
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Bobby P
24 contributions
Go there.
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great vibe. Lots of restaurants bars etc. So many people it took time to get used to having people around again just it is a huge vibe. Loved it.
Written October 10, 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA11,235 contributions
Lots of shops and small churches
Aug 2021
This area was filled with little shops that lined the narrow streets. There are several churches and other attractions.

It is close to the Agora and the Tower of the Winds. The Central Market is also in this area.
Written October 5, 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia10,375 contributions
History and clubs
Jul 2021
Monastiraki is one of Athens liveliest neighborhoods - a mix of history where on one hand one will find Greek and Roman ruins, Ottoman Mosque, Orthodox Churches ..etc and on the other hand hundreds of bars, restaurants, clubs, souvenir shops,...
The area is much more interesting and nicer at night.
The main square is just beneath the spectacularly illuminated Acropolis. Here you will find bunch of restaurants and shops.
For clubs and cafes cross the main street and get lost in the maze of alleys with terrific graffiti, murals and all kinds of clubs.
NOTE: this is a highly visited area, so you might expect scams and pickpockets here. In order to avoid several travelers experience here, use your common sense as in any other city and you'll be fine.
Written September 23, 2021
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WinerDinerFaversham
Belfast, UK68 contributions
Definitely worth a couple of hours.
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is an area bustling with restaurants and shops. Every imaginable curio is available as well as a few shops selling quality olive wood gifts. The restaurants are actually quite good-well the one we stumbled on is. If you fancy wandering between gifts, curios and restaurants it’s well worth it.
Written September 19, 2021
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KDJERO
Saint Charles, MO590 contributions
Can't miss the flea market!
Aug 2021
We walked through this neighborhood and enjoyed the flea market, as well as the food, meat and fish market. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants as well.
Written August 11, 2021
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Zoltán P
60 contributions
Nice area!
Aug 2021
The Monastiraki square is always crowded. It's right next to Athens Flea Market and the Hadrian's Library ruins... but you can reach by foot a lot of different restaurants, bars and tavernas there. There is a subway station as well, so it is really easy to get there. Always be careful with your bags, pockets.....
Written August 5, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,150 contributions
Very Popular District
Jul 2021
One of the liveliest neighborhoods in Athens, full of cafes and restaurants plus some shopping. Served by a Metro station. Home of the flea market. And a short walk to the Acropolis, plus the center of the Plaka. Lots of people around.
Written July 31, 2021
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Mevo
Port Erin, UK15 contributions
The unseen gem of monastiraki
Jun 2021 • Couples
Ignore the bad reviews these are tourists who get stuck next to the flea market get into the backstreets across the road there is amazing eclectic mix of street food places wine bars, cocktail bars and an incredible vibrant scene. If you end up on the tourist side of monastaraki and see the acropolis there is not much except nice waking.. head up past Starbucks towards the shops cross the road and the enter a world of street food and amazing bars crawling with local young people all out for a good time. Amazing cocktail bars, graffiti murals and a large area to explore with people eating drinking and dancing in the street. I did not rate Athens the first two trips I made in 2015 and 2017 but when I found this place in 2020 I came back in 2021 and will keep coming back as my first and last port of call while touring the islands!

Another good area unspoilt by bucket loads of tourists (yes monestraki isn’t if you go where I have said there and very few tourists) is Phillipou again great bars and street food filled with locals and local prices not acropolis rip off.
Written July 20, 2021
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Maxdog155
9 contributions
Pickpocketed 2000 euro
Jun 2021 • Couples
June 10, 2021 We were pickpocketed 2000 euro out of my husbands backpack while it was still on his back. We had just exchanged the money at the airport and were on our way home. The men were pretending to be tourists and wearing visor and backpacks.
Written June 20, 2021
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Una N B
Cork, Ireland23 contributions
Hub of activity.
Jan 2020 • Friends
A great locality to base yourself in. Loads to do restaurants,shops, market near agora and acropolis. Great atmosphere but sadly a reputation for pickpockets so be on your guard (visited Nov 2019)
Written December 1, 2020
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