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Central Market
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3.5 Hour Small-Group Traditional Greek Cooking...
Ranked #65 of 341 things to do in Athens
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Forget about the ancient Athens and dive into the real life.

The Central market is a loud place. Marketeers advertising sheep guts, people bargaining over the price of octopus, the smell of fresh sea food in the fish halls and that of meat and sausages in the meat halls.

Taste some olives and get some food in one of the little restaurants. Buy some freshly caught fish or some well-hung meat and get the spices at one of the little shops outside. Or just rest a while and enjoy some Greek coffee or some Raki and savour the experience.

3  Thank keen_commander
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We loved wandering round the markets - food markets are always a great indicator of life in a city separate from the tourist must sees and this one is no different. Beautiful fresh foods, lots of noise and action. Wear comfortable older style shoes as you are walking where there's fish and meat so of course the floors show that. Its food without all the gloss and plastic of the modern supermarket so be prepared. A good experience for the whole family. We also bought food for dinner here and it was lovely and fresh.

1  Thank SandyHAustralia
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

My husband and I visited the Central Market on a weekday morning. It was a multi-sensory experience. It was crowded with local shoppers, was colorful, noisy with sellers hawking their wares, and covered a wide range of foods- meat, fish, spices, cheeses, etc. The market is in a large, covered hall taking up an entire city block. This is a real market, not a flea market or tourist trap. There were many unusual (for us) meat and fish displays. This is a slice of real Athens life. Do be careful of pickpockets. We had an unfortunate experience, but foiled the pickpocket.

4  Thank traveledall
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Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Fish market are always very interesting while seeing so many different kind of fish and human trying to sell them... It's colorful but smelly however this is fine for most of people...
Meat market however is real strange, not so funny to see half or full goat exhibited with their head and internal liver, heart,... with blood, eyes,.... and odor if death... Somehow really scaring even if it's the daily life for butcher and some other jobs.....

2  Thank Bambooly
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is quite a colorful place in Athens and seems to be crowded with people looking for various meat, vegetables, fruit, etc to buy. The meat section is especially interesting because there are fresh carcasses hanging all over the place. It is difficult to tell what some of the animals were in their former life. Included here is a variety of seafood including fish, squid, and other things from the deep. In another area are stands with fruits and vegetables. Still another section has a variety of nuts and olives.This is a bustling place and is worth a visit whether you're looking to purchase or not.

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