Plaka

Plaka, Athens: Address, Plaka Reviews: 4.5/5

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Historic neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the Acropolis.
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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.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 3 min walk
  • Akropoli • 7 min walk
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Alex7005
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
Feb 2020
Very interesting place to walk. Even though we have walk the same path sometimes, it always feels different and refresh. But there is one spot which I have forgotten exactly which part there are a few black men standing around. One of them try to strike a conversation saying they have some sort of performance which is going to start soon, and asking us where are we from. I should have pretend that I do not understand English, but I made a mistake by answering him in a friendly way. That's where he zero in. He sweet talk, saying he is from Nigeria, gave us a bracelet made from strings, put the bracelet onto me and my wife's hand and make a prayer blessing us. After that, he hint of donation which of course I expected, and give. He walk off after taking the money without any thank you. Well next time if we encounter such approaches, best to ignore them and don't responds to them.
Written March 6, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,536 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We wandered down through this neighborhood after visiting the Acropolis. It’s a really nice collection of pedestrian alleys, coffee shops, neighborhood bars and restaurants, and better than average souvenir shops. When we return from our cruise, we will book an apartment in this neighborhood. Just lovely.
Written May 6, 2022
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada9,117 contributions
Sep 2021
Pláka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. It is known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.
Old Town is a fairly large pedestrian-only zone in the centre of the city. It has lots of shopping, as well as restaurants and churches. In the middle of this area is The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation. Construction began on Christmas day in 1842 and was completed in May of 1862.
We visited with Holland America and it was about an hour by bus from the port to old town.
Written December 20, 2021
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130Doug
Navarre, FL1,232 contributions
Nov 2019
November 2018 (not 2019)

This was the best walk we took through Athens. We had just left the Acropolis, and while still in its shadow we descended a staircase past some musicians and wandered through old neighborhoods for a little while before finding the Roman Agora. Wander slowly through this place, and explore every alley. I could have stayed here for longer than we did....
Written June 26, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,692 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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Margaret A
2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
No pressure!! They had the patience to allow me to take my time in making my jewelry selection.
Started by looking at rings but ended up purchasing a bracelet.
Dimos the owner, sent for coffee and explain the process of making each piece by hand just above the store very interesting You know your piece is unique when they make it right there highly recommend visiting this store.
Written October 11, 2021
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permia
Ireland37,708 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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Iman Alkhatib
9 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
It was really awesome visiting PLAKA. Good restaurants, professional hospitality, clean area, everybody is friendly, local designer’s work is a piece of art. PLAKA is a safe area that you can visit anytime and spend a full day in it, to enjoy shopping, interacting with the locals and moving around its amazing charming streets
Written January 4, 2020
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michkmich
Athens, Greece37 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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