Central Market
Central Market
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Central Market of Athens is where both travelers and locals head to procure the finest cuts of meat, fresh seafood, and vibrant spices. Immerse yourself in the irresistible flavors of Greek cuisine by booking a gourmet food tour and letting the guides navigate you to the best stalls. Then sit back and enjoy a coffee or cold beer at one of the cafes or taverns in and around the market. When you’ve had your fill, walk southward to catch some live music in the quaint Psyri district. The market is usually the busiest in the morning and early afternoon. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: Omonia
Omonia Square is as plain in appearance as Syntagma is grand. Surrounded largely by functional blocks from the 1950s and 60s and no longer boasting its underground stalls, the square is now mostly frequented by immigrants and bargain shoppers. The most rewarding area to explore is to the south. Set off down Athinas Street, with the Acropolis gradually coming into focus in the distance, and you will get a sense of old commercial Athens, especially at the picturesque meat, fish and vegetable markets some way beyond the City Hall. The blocks to the west of Athinas are home to many Chinese and South Asian traders, adding a multicultural atmosphere to what was until the late 1990s a very homogenous society.
How to get there
  • Omonoia • 6 min walk
  • Panepistimio • 7 min walk
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  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina70,534 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fish, meats, & spices
    I walked through the market in the early afternoon. Many of the vendors has sold the majority of their offerings, and we’re left with 69% bare ice. There are many types of fresh sea offerings, and in another section, freshly cut meats.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Jydeoo
    Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Multifaceted Gem...
    The Central Market in Athens is a nice place to visit for travelers. It gives a feel of the life of the locals. I had the opportunity to explore it twice during my stay, and it left a good impression on me. The market has two areas with stalls for different vendors of meat and seafood. The seafood section had a large array of species of large and small fishes, octopuses, etc., though visitors have to bear with damp floors and the smell of fish. The market caters to the diverse needs of the people and includes sections dedicated to various provisions, household and food items. One area that stood out to me was the section selling antiques. Rows of shops displayed a variety of antique items, some appearing truly historical while others seemed like items people had discarded from their homes old and dated. Although I didn't stay to inquire about prices, it was fascinating to see the assortment of antiques available. I believe that if you're someone who appreciates historical decor or is looking for unique pieces to add to your home, a visit to the Central Market is a must. You might just stumble upon the perfect decoration that tells its own story. Whether you're a food lover searching for the finest ingredients or an antique enthusiast seeking hidden treasures, the Central Market in Athens is a must visit. 
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Bob L
    Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See how the locals live !
    Very interesting to see how the locals buy their fresh fish, meats and produce. We weren't cooking so we couldn't purchase anything but it was fascinating. My wife is Colombian and it reminded us a bit of there. The vendors selling nuts, spices, fruit etc outside were so wonderful. One of them saw us eyeing some nuts. He gave us samples. We purchased them and saw a variety of spices. We went back later in the day to bring spices home but they were closing. We asked when the reopened and told him we would return. When we returned the next day you could see the appreciation on his face and he rushed us to one of his fellow vendors and told them that we returned and what we were looking for. He also brought us over more nuts to have while we shopped.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • De B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating look at a marketplace
    When you go be prepared. The fish market floor is slippery, there is raw meat hanging everywhere, and anything you could ask for fruit and spice wise. We finally overcame our intimidation at buying and got some fruit for breakfast. The peaches, plums, grapes were all sweet and juicy and CHEAP, the nuts, thyme honey and yogurt were wonderful breakfast additions. We didn't get any fish or meat but it was pretty amazing to just wander around and see all of it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • sssteveg
    Haifa, Israel1,785 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun market to visit in Athens
    This is one of the biggest markets in Athens. It’s mainly a huge fish and seafood market, but it also has meat and produce. The fish and seafood area is incredible, but the produce area is surprisingly small and half empty.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Jezf1000
    Horsham, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great and large market but….
    Don’t expect it to be a tourist market like some in France and elsewhere. I didn’t see cheese or cured meats, but there were places selling nuts and dried fruit. It is more like a commercial market so it’s not big on frills but the prices are crazy cheap. Like superb chestnuts for €4/kg, wonderful grapes for €1.49/kg and good sized prawns for €8/kg. The fruit was all at least half the price of a supermarket. So if you are looking for quaint, don’t bother. But if you want to pick up some produce for your stay i. Athens or are just passionate about food then go!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 27, 2023
  • MissyPA71
    Wilmington, North Carolina1,592 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large, noisy and lots to choose from
    Passed through and did have a difficult time deciding what to buy. Meat? Fish? Pastries? Soap? Wine? You name it, they had it. However, many of the men were overly aggressive when trying to get attention towards their goods so that was definitely a turn off.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2024
  • Getaway65923410321
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must try, hidden restaurant in the Central Market
    The Central Market is a wonderful place to act like a local and see the finest selections of meats, seafood, spices, fruits, vegetables and olives. Inside the market we found a gem!. A place called Oinomageireio Epirus. Oh my! The food was soooo delicious! And filling. Definitely worth the try. The very nice owner greated us, and walked us over to the kitchen to show us all of our options of soups. Goat, fish,chicken soups, giant beans, potatoes, eggplant, rice and so much more. The place is not fancy and just a very small restaurant hidden in the market but worth your time. This stop was in the top 10 of our favorite meals in Athens.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
  • 2016Annette13
    Baden, Switzerland218 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had to leave, fast!
    We love going to the big markets in big cities and to look at all the colours of spices, vegetables and also the specialties of a country. Athens was different. Well, it's more authentic maybe and not so touristic. We first entered the half with the meats. Just meats in a huge hall. When we were about in the middle of it I got overwhelmed with the smell and the sheer amount. I had to leave fast. We then entered the other huge part with only fish. Yes, fish smells too, but it's different, more expected. That part was more interesting to me to see. The area of the market is not nice, at least what I saw.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2024
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717shawb
Oxford, UK62 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I had seen reviews on you tube about Saturday night music party atmosphere after the market closed.i heard the music when walking past,so I ventured inside,I asked at the bar for a drink and was politely told take a seat and ask the waitress, which I did,and a big bouncer looking type approached first the waitress and then me asking what I wanted.i aske for a beer and was told they only have Margherita,and got the impression I had gate crashed a private party maybe? So I took my custom elsewhere.
I would be interested to know if this is a regular venue,or if it was indeed a private party,so I could pass relevant information to other fellow travelers.
Ps,I am a 66 semi smartly dressed individual,not a scruffy unkempt trouble maker.
Written March 23, 2023
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Cimmerianbloke
Rixensart, Belgium501 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I have tried the market restaurant as it was recommended by my tour guide. It serves plain food, locals seem to enjoy it, but I was appalled at the bill for what I had in my plate. I will end my stay in Greece on street food stalls as I am continuously disappointed with Greek food. As you can gather, I don't recommend this particular market for its food.
Written May 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

De B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
When you go be prepared. The fish market floor is slippery, there is raw meat hanging everywhere, and anything you could ask for fruit and spice wise. We finally overcame our intimidation at buying and got some fruit for breakfast. The peaches, plums, grapes were all sweet and juicy and CHEAP, the nuts, thyme honey and yogurt were wonderful breakfast additions. We didn't get any fish or meat but it was pretty amazing to just wander around and see all of it.
Written October 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jezf1000
Horsham, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Don’t expect it to be a tourist market like some in France and elsewhere. I didn’t see cheese or cured meats, but there were places selling nuts and dried fruit.

It is more like a commercial market so it’s not big on frills but the prices are crazy cheap. Like superb chestnuts for €4/kg, wonderful grapes for €1.49/kg and good sized prawns for €8/kg. The fruit was all at least half the price of a supermarket.

So if you are looking for quaint, don’t bother. But if you want to pick up some produce for your stay i. Athens or are just passionate about food then go!
Written October 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John S
Peterborough, UK78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Great place to browse for a couple of hours then a hot Souvlaki and cold beer at the numerous cafes and restaurants. Hold your bag tight and dont encourage the beggars. Visit the Acropolis but get there early to avoid queues. A little disappointed with the changing of the guard at the Palace , they could learn a lot about timing from Buck House guards !! But nice costumes.
Written April 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

graphi
Zambrow, Poland38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
You can safely skip this place. There's loads of meat and fish and not much else. The smell is sickening, the floor is wet, the men shout things at you. I'm not a vegetarian, but after seeing all this I felt sick.

Outside, around the entrance and on the other side of the street there are shops with herbs, olives and cheese - these are nice. Perhaps just go straight there :)

Two stars for authenticity and the shops mentioned above.
Written October 2, 2021
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Jon L
Olathe, KS252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We took a brief stroll through the meat market, fruit and veggie market, and the seafood market. Other than the fruit and veggies, Americans typically don't get to see this kind of thing. I was there mostly to take pictures, we whisked through quickly so as not to get in their way. Completely recommend.
Written April 16, 2020
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Brianngog
Cyprus10,709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The Central Market in Athens is a great memory jerker for those of a certain era. Plenty of fresh produce on show and on offer with Fishmongers, Butcheries, Green grocers all displaying their freshly cut, caught or picked goods for you to select and choose. Plenty of other stalls varying in virtually everything you can think of. Terrific atmosphere and something very different to see from the numerous archeological sites in this vast City. Well worth a visit, especially if you are of that certain era.
Written August 2, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

2016Annette13
Baden, Switzerland218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We love going to the big markets in big cities and to look at all the colours of spices, vegetables and also the specialties of a country.
Athens was different. Well, it's more authentic maybe and not so touristic. We first entered the half with the meats. Just meats in a huge hall. When we were about in the middle of it I got overwhelmed with the smell and the sheer amount. I had to leave fast.
We then entered the other huge part with only fish. Yes, fish smells too, but it's different, more expected. That part was more interesting to me to see.
The area of the market is not nice, at least what I saw.
Written April 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

doofvfood (with botak ahjussi)
World5,835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Business
Visited the central market as I love markets and there was a dazzling array of butcher stalls and fish mongers. Also a few cute little cafes in the market - shame we had had breakfast or it would have been good to try. We also saw the nuts and spices stalls on the outside of the market but didn't really see any fruit and veg though there were shops selling an assortment of cheese. The display units of the butcher shops were very impressive! We went there before 9 and there were still fish on sale. An interesting market to get a glimpse of local life.
Written May 27, 2022
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