Plaka
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Wander through the narrow cobblestone alleys of this neighborhood at the foothills of the Acropolis. You'll find quaint shops selling jewelry, clothes, ceramics, and souvenirs, plus sidewalk restaurants and family-run taverns serving authentic Greek food. Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens, you’ll be able to see Roman columns, medieval churches, and ancient landmarks like the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. The area gets busy, especially during summer, so visit in the early morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds. Explore Plaka and the nearby landmarks on a guided tour of Athens—it will typically include the Acropolis, Parthenon, and other ancient temples and museums. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: 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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  • Monastiraki • 3 min walk
  • Akropoli • 7 min walk
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  • traveler
    9 contributions
    Great place to wonder around and shop
    We really enjoyed out time in the Plaka area. The Acropolis and the Acropolis museum were a pleasure to visit. The shopping in the area was more than adequate for all our souvenir needs. The restaurant "God's Restaurant" had excellent moussaka. Was fun feeding the pigeon and stray cats. Buying nuts from the street vendors is a must. Listening to a couple street musicians was awesome. All in all a great place to spend an day.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Tim
    Chicago, Illinois11 contributions
    Favorite place to stay in Athens
    Must stay and visit when in Athens. So many local shops to visit and spend time at. Very affordable and friendly people. Steps from Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, many rooftop bars and culture to see
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2023
  • sara
    Groningen, The Netherlands4 contributions
    A must see
    I started feeling to be in Greece here! You can find crowded as well as quiet places to eat, rest and refresh. But you will also find excuses to stay more! There are very beautiful buildings and restaurants. People and staff are friendly. There is a lot too see.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2023
  • samcunning
    Derby, United Kingdom18 contributions
    Lovely area
    We stayed at Athens gate hotel, a 1 min walk to this area. We felt very safe (female traveler with daughter 11) had great lunch and dinner, so many options at different price points and nice shopping. Highly recommend staying close by, very easy to navigate around the city from here.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 31, 2023
  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore891 contributions
    Nice place to wander around in the evenings
    Very peaceful side lanes, steps and atmospheric restaurants and shops lining this area . Adjacent to it is the Agora area and Acropolis area. Walking up the holly slopes and the touristy shops is part of the Greek experience you only get from this country. Worth going at least once when in Athens. Streets are relatively peaceful and safe compared to other parts of Athens .
    Visited December 2022
    Written April 12, 2023
  • molly7707
    Orlando, Florida68 contributions
    Feels a Little Surreal
    Honestly, it took me a little while to get used to some of the things that are done in Greece but once I did, I loved it. The Plaka is a wonderful area. Feels a little surreal to be walking around, shopping, eating, with the beautiful Acropolis looming above. We were just there. The last couple of days began to get VERY busy. Lots of people to walk around, get nudged by, etc. but we still enjoyed it. All of the people we encountered in the service area, from sales to restaurant staff, were extremely pleasant and helpful. I hope to have the opportunity to visit this area again.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • KC30000
    England, United Kingdom96 contributions
    Wonderful atmosphere
    Visited Plaka en route up to the Acropolis (and the Parthenon). Always busy with its narrow streets filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. There is always such a unique atmosphere here (as have visited before), full of history and charm. We also stopped here for lunch which was great. Although generally a safe area, as it is very busy please be mindful of your personal belongings when walking around this area, though we had no issues.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Solo granny
    4 contributions
    Shopping Mecca
    Plaka is a great place to find a hotel, because it's conveniently located. There are plenty of places to shop in the area that won't break the bank. One word of warning!!! There will be pick pockets in the crowds. They will find some unsuspecting tourist to steal from, so be careful that it isn't you.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Sue W
    Edmonton, Canada246 contributions
    Love this place
    I had been there 25 years ago - my first visit to Greece. So fun, poking around the shops, and stopping for drinks and food along the way. This time it was just as great, but there were a lot more people, and quite a few Mickie Mouse people wanting money to take a photo. LOL. Didn't matter. I loved it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • MS11M22S
    United Kingdom180 contributions
    Gorgeous area of Athens
    Fabulous part of Athens that is bustling with bars, restaurants, shops, ice cream parlours and ancient ruins! Lovely vibe during the day and it really comes alive at night with a busier pace. All the while, when you look up, you see the commanding view of the Acropolis & Parthenon above you!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,760 contributions
Aug 2019
Plaka is deservedly the most popular area of Athens. This is due to its age and the concentration of small shops, studios, restaurants and excellent views of the Acropolis. If you look from South to North, it is an inverted trapezoid, the base of which is Ermou street, which connects two important squares of Athens, where there are metro stations Monastiraki and Syntagma. If you go from Monastiraki, the first thing to do is to go around the perimeter of the Roman forum and take a photo. Go inside for 6 euros, I do not see the point. Everything is perfectly visible from the outside, especially since only 2 structures have been preserved: the Tower of the winds and the Gate of Athena Archegetis. The next important item is Adrianou street. There is no ancient heritage on it, but there are plenty of Souvenirs on this topic. Following the arc of Adrianou. it will lead You to a monument similar to the pedestal on which posters and ads were previously pasted. It is important for the history of architecture and monument of Lysicrates. This is the first known use of the Corinthian order. And by the way IV century. It is installed in honor of the victory of the Lysikrates choir in the creative festival in Athens. Plaka ended here, turn back and turn right in the direction of traffic. This is another important street of the Kydathinaion district. After walking 300 meters, you will see the Museum of Greek folk art. Five floors of the Museum are filled with rich collections of national costumes, household items, etc. This is a fashionable topic in historical science-the history of everyday life. Well, then you need to wander through the small streets of Plaka. This is the most pleasant thing here. Photos with views of the Acropolis and preserved paintings by George Savakis are very romantic...
Written July 1, 2020
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michkmich
Athens, Greece38 contributions
Oct 2019
It starts practically from Acropolis museum down to Monastiraki and Thesion. You pass from the old Athens and you end to market place of Athens, Agora, since antiquity. Nice to walk through but it can also become a cultural encyclopedia if you know a bit of history to understand what is happening around you.
Archaic then Classic, Hellinistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and temporary are all mixed in the shadow of Acropolis.
Nice cafe and restaurants and people of all kinds complete the picture.
Avoid rush hours since it will spoil your tour. Program your route so that you enjoy it most.
Written January 6, 2020
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mjvinette
Atlanta, GA6 contributions
Jan 2020
If it wasn’t on the maps, this would appear to be just another block in an old neighborhood. Across the street from the entrance is a house with a real estate for sale sign in the front yard. A non threatening entry gate and a few euros and suddenly you are in a 4500 year old neighborhood where the people who lived, worked and played in the shadows of the Acropolis are walking as shadows beside you. Not a lot of info posted on the site but a pamphlet from the entry is enough of a guide. I got a special feeling of closeness to the actual stuff left in ruins and we had the place almost to ourselves. This probably wouldn’t happen during high season.
Written January 23, 2020
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permia
Ireland40,823 contributions
Mar 2020
We began with breakfast in the lovely Melina Merkouri Café. Honouring she affectionately known as the last of the Greek Goddesses it is beautifully atmospheric with photos of the accomplished woman, in addition to fine fare.

We had many a happy hour wandering around gorgeous little streets admiring the surrounds and visiting some of its many attractions.

Wonderful Frissiras Museum has an outstanding collection of art. An engaging temporary exhibition was underway, in addition to superb permanent works such as At the Bar and My Mother with the Silent Telephone.

Eateries abound and we enjoyed tasty outings at Byzantino Restaurant and others.

Not far from the former is the outstanding historic Monument of Lysikrates. Dating from the mid 330s BCE and built by the wealthy Athenian Lysicrates, a Choregos who financed music and dramas in the ancient theatre.

Grand Byzantine churches are plentiful, we particularly liked Agios Nicholas Rangavas Church with gorgeous stone work throughout.

Another fine one on Kidathineon is the Church of the Metamorphosis (Kottakis) set in peaceful sylvan grounds.
Written January 7, 2021
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The Global Citizen
London, UK59 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Plaka, a vibrant neighbourhood has a village feel. It’s narrow cobblestone streets are lined with tiny shops selling jewelry, clothes, amazing antiques and local ceramics. If you are interested in hand-painted icons, wood carvings and other pieces of art made by local artists, this is the place for you. The cafes and family-run tavernas offer fresh food and are open till late. The whitewashed homes give a Greek-island vibe to this neighbourhood.
It’s thriving, busy and exhilarating…a must visit for anyone visiting Athens!
Written July 25, 2022
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Chandi M
Jerusalem, Israel312 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
The knowledge and idea of the fact that we walk around historical ruins is exciting itself. But the site is quite bland. It is cool at night to see the juxtaposition of it alongside the contemporary tourists sounds and restaurants.
Written February 18, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,512 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is real tourist territory. It’s the oldest district of Athens, built around the slopes of the Acropolis, and it’s a colourful and lively area.
We stayed in the Plaka area at the end of Adrianou St, near the Acropolis Museum and the southern entrance to the Acropolis.
This was our first time in Athens and Plaka proved to be a fabulous base for exploring the city.
It could not have been more central. We walked everywhere. It was a 4 - 5 minute walk to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. Lysicrates Monument, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the National Gardens are all just around the corner.
The two main streets running through Plaka are Adrianou and Kydathineon Streets. They are busy and popular thoroughfares, lined with shops, souvenirs, bars and restaurants that spill out onto the pavement.
It felt very safe walking around at night time because there were so many people around and the place was buzzing well into the night.
We easily found new, favourite bars and restaurants. Our favourite bar, was Brettos, the oldest distillery in Athens and our two favourite restaurants were just off the main strip, To Kafeneio and Scholarcio (see separate reviews).
Overall, Plaka is a busy, vibrant area and was a great place to stay as a first-timer to Athens.
Written December 4, 2023
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Greg9313
Metz, France40 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
This is the old part of town - narrow streets, boutique shops, exquisite restaurants, everything one could dream of while visiting ancient town. Also, we found great value for the money here. High quality clothes and souvenirs are much less expensive than in Paris, London or New York.
Written July 23, 2020
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stcyprien218
Tucson, AZ115 contributions
Jun 2022
Plaka is lovely but can get very crowded so choose to go early in the morning or late afternoon. It has all the souvenirs shops you can dream of and cafes and restaurants galore. But I liked it for its charmed early morning, little alleyways and beautiful houses and trees. We saw remnants of Adrian Wall too and it was a relatively easy walk to get to the museum of Archeology from our Hotel.
Written July 7, 2022
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JJOH
Doha, Qatar713 contributions
Jul 2022
This part of Athens is a maze of small winding streets. There are many shops selling various merchandise aimed at the tourists and lots of restaurants/bars. Fun to wander round but you eat and drink at a premium for what is not necessarily great quality
Written July 11, 2022
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