Monastiraki
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Lively flea market neighborhood with lots of small tavernas serving good-value local snacks.
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
See what travelers are saying
  • Travel Pugs
    San Antonio, Texas17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great location in Athens
    Great location for seeing the sites in Athens. Superb breakfast worth 15-20 euros for two persons. A great selection to accommodate most any appetite. Friendly staff. Metro line closeby (300m). Many good restaurants and I recommend Bandiera.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Warby
    Bicester, United Kingdom3,650 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lively buzzing area
    Great area near all the attractions and next to the old city. Central square and metro where we spent a lot of time. Buzzing from breakfast to dinner and beyond. Full of flea markets, shops, bars and restaurants
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lively neighborhood in Monastiraki
    Monastiraki is a bustling neighborhood in the old city of Athens. A flea market was taking place in the square during one of the days of our visit to Athens. It is adjacent to Hadrian’s Library and the Agora. We had dinner at a Monastiraki restaurant and enjoyed a great view of the Acropolis. There were some unsavory things about the area, but I didn’t let that affect me.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Haswell4
    Navarre, Florida152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stroll with plenty of restaurants
    We found ourselves here while trying to get to the temple of haephestus - which was not all easy to find even with gps (and the multi site tickets we bought for the Acropolis didn’t include this temple so we could only see it through the fence). However the stroll through monastiraki was worth the misadventure. This quaint town was less touristy than plaka and had more restaurants and shops that weren’t catering to the masses on their way to or from the Acropolis. If we were to plan a trip through a small town near the Acropolis, we would choose monasteraki rather than plaka.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Laura S
    San Diego, California2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monastiraki Square - Center of it all.
    Great area. Easy to get to so many places. Make sure you have walking shoes and can handle it. My energetic 83 year old Mom couldn't. My 57 year old self struggled a bit. If staying in the square (We stayed at 360 Degrees Athens Hotel, which has been nice, clean and comfortable) bring really good earplugs. It is 2:00 am on Saturday night ( really Sunday morning) as I writing this and I can hear the night clubs and music outside and we have a back, "quiet" room and have tried two different kinds of earplugs. Yes, watch your wallet and all the other global travel precautions but enjoy what the area has to offer.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,823 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy Walking Between Sights in Monastiraki…
    Once you’ve visited the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Monastiraki is a good area to start exploring other parts of Athens. It is a lively, crowded area that centres around Monastiraki Square and spills out around it. Most tourists will find themselves here at some point. The main attractions on the square are the Flea Market, the ancient little Church of St. Mary Pantanassa and the Tzisdarakis Mosque. The Flea Market is always listed as a big attraction but we found this to be of little interest as it mainly consisted of pretty stock standard souvenir shops and stalls. I believe that Sundays are different when a more authentic flea market operates here. Nearby are Hadrians’ Library, the Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora. These are all within easy walking distance of each other and are all included in the €30 Acropolis combo ticket (although its worth noting that you can get a good view of the library from the street without entering the site. Similarly, you can see the Tower of the Winds and Gate of Athena Archegetis at the Roman Agora very well from outside). The Temple of Hephaestus, inside the Ancient Agora was a highlight. Built around 450 BC, during during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens, it is the best preserved temple in Athens. There are lots of bars and restaurants around this area. We enjoyed O Thanasis for authentic local Greek food. It’s located just off the square (see separate review). Monastiraki is very easy to get to and the train station is located in the centre of the square.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Carol L
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monastiraki Square - Take in the view and enjoy the cultural experience
    Every traveler to Athens will undoubtedly be enjoying this square. It’s central in the city and a major hub of vendors, restaurants and even street musicians! My husband and I recommend staying awhile and not just passing through. The Parthenon is up on the Acropolis in the distance. It’s walking distance from the market and many great hotels.. The Metro and Hop-On Hop-Off also offer a stop there! Note: the Monastiraki Station of the Metro line-they uncovered 8th Century ruins!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • leanneooisiewlin
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place but not safe …
    Beautiful city but pick pockets are rampant and very well organised. They distracted us by engaging the kids on the metro and with much jostling and pushing, managed to get my wallet deep in my bag. They come in all ages and sizes. The ones who hit us were an older couple … probably in their 50s. Taxi driver was extremely dishonest too. Claimed the meter was out of order and it was Christmas when we had agreed before the ride, the meter would be used. Also took 50 euro from me and claimed I gave him 10 after flipping the note with another he had in his pocket. It is Christmas so I decided to let him have it … nothing good comes from dishonesty anyway. Disappointing overall for a tourist. Lovely surroundings but one time is enough. Many other beautiful cities to visit where it is safer and I don’t need to continuously look over my shoulder. Just don’t feel safe here.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
  • GAR
    882 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the safest or nicest part of Athens
    There are pickpockets operating here, and men will harass you if you’re a solo woman. Merchants will also rip you off. It’s a pretty place to walk around but don’t talk to anyone and keep your valuables safe
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 4, 2024
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,292 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy Area full of restaurants and hotels
    We felt safe staying in this area during our time in Athens and found it was easy to find good food at restaurants everywhere we went. We visited in March and didn't find it too crowded but could definitely see it getting crowded in the summer season. This area is full of affordable souvenir shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. Many of the hotels in the area had rooftop bars which were perfect for a relaxing drink away from the streets and gave fantastic views of both the sunset and the Acropolis. We also like how the locals take care of the cats and they are pretty much everywhere as well. Major sites in Athens can be found here like the Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library and some of the oldest churches. There are also some modern sites here like the Museum of Illusions and a Flea Market. The closest metro is Monastiraki and two lines go through this station. The station also has some ruins that are visible inside the station.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Monastiraki is a busting marketplace with many colorful shops, vendors, and restaurants. Performers and musicians play on the streets and in the outdoor tavernas, and the wonderful smells of food grilling is everywhere. Perfect place to enjoy an afternoon or evening!
Written March 20, 2020
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Sherlock arting
Rome, GA136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Monastiraki ( literally little monastery) is a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens, Greece, and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and specialty stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for bargain shopping. The area is named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn is named for the Church of the Pantanassa that is located within the square. The main streets of this area are Pandrossou Street and Adrianou Street.The Monastiraki Metro Station, located on the square, serves both Line 1 and Line 3 of the Athens Metro.
Written October 9, 2020
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We felt safe staying in this area during our time in Athens and found it was easy to find good food at restaurants everywhere we went. We visited in March and didn't find it too crowded but could definitely see it getting crowded in the summer season.

This area is full of affordable souvenir shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. Many of the hotels in the area had rooftop bars which were perfect for a relaxing drink away from the streets and gave fantastic views of both the sunset and the Acropolis. We also like how the locals take care of the cats and they are pretty much everywhere as well.

Major sites in Athens can be found here like the Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library and some of the oldest churches. There are also some modern sites here like the Museum of Illusions and a Flea Market.

The closest metro is Monastiraki and two lines go through this station. The station also has some ruins that are visible inside the station.
Written March 19, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a really fun, colorful and busy area. Lots of shopping options. It's actually a Flea Market with lot of second-hand products (in stores), but there are also lot of shops selling first-hand stuff as well as a good number of restaurants (mostly fast food counters).

It's fun to roam the area, checking out the clothes, accessories, gadgets and more. But you either need a lot of time finding some good quality stuff or you just need to be lucky. Many many shops have the same kind of products, for similar prices. Ok, the cheap souvenirs are a bit cheaper here. But it's more of an area I'd stroll around and do window shopping rather than actually buy something. And the food is just you regular (greek) fast food fare. Head elsewhere for good meals.

Nonetheless we'll come back next time when in Athens. Because it's fun just for what it is.
Written March 26, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Once you’ve visited the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Monastiraki is a good area to start exploring other parts of Athens. It is a lively, crowded area that centres around Monastiraki Square and spills out around it. Most tourists will find themselves here at some point.
The main attractions on the square are the Flea Market, the ancient little Church of St. Mary Pantanassa and the Tzisdarakis Mosque.
The Flea Market is always listed as a big attraction but we found this to be of little interest as it mainly consisted of pretty stock standard souvenir shops and stalls. I believe that Sundays are different when a more authentic flea market operates here.
Nearby are Hadrians’ Library, the Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora.
These are all within easy walking distance of each other and are all included in the €30 Acropolis combo ticket (although its worth noting that you can get a good view of the library from the street without entering the site. Similarly, you can see the Tower of the Winds and Gate of Athena Archegetis at the Roman Agora very well from outside).
The Temple of Hephaestus, inside the Ancient Agora was a highlight. Built around 450 BC, during during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens, it is the best preserved temple in Athens.
There are lots of bars and restaurants around this area. We enjoyed O Thanasis for authentic local Greek food. It’s located just off the square (see separate review).
Monastiraki is very easy to get to and the train station is located in the centre of the square.
Written December 3, 2023
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WinerDinerFaversham
Belfast, UK77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,557 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Its not a bad neighborhood. We had lunch in Monastiraki Square which was quite boring and wasn't the nicest or cleanest place we had been. Its got history but also a lot of tacky touristy shops selling the same souvenirs you can get all over the city. Id rather spend my time looking at the history rather than shopping. You can do that anywhere. Your in Athens, a place with amazing history, spend your time looking at that.
Written November 7, 2020
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Demothesis
Portsmouth, UK293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Monastiraki really is tourist central and understandably so, as it is located within walking distance of almost all of the main Athen attractions. Actually a fairly attractive district, it does however suffer from ‘tourist’ prices which means you are going to pay high prices for food & drink. If you walk north just a few blocks, prices will decrease 1/3 for almost everything. Walk half a mile and then will decrease another 1/3.

Plenty (if not an over abundance) of tourist shops all selling the same tacky items.
Written March 22, 2022
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Milak C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
This place is always buzzing, especially at night. The market has fesh produce and are really cheap. Theres a large flea market nearby which is good if you want to buy some souvenirs. The resturants and places to eat are the best though. Some of them have great authentic Greek food and some of the tastiest I've ever had in Greece. The best being in the plaka area as well. This is defiantly a great spot you have to check out if in Athens, you won't be disappointed. Night time is the most enjoyable but anytime is great.
Written March 13, 2020
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