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Head to the Monastiraki Flea Markets to discover a buzzing hive of stalls and vendors overflowing with knick-knacks, souvenirs, antiques and oddities.
Visit these markets any weekday during regular business hours for conventional store souvenirs, or experience the flea markets on weekends, especially Sundays. Small stalls open up in place of the bigger stores, and carpets roll out, filled with all kinds of cheap trinkets and gems. Locals sell their wares in seemingly endless rows of shops spanning from Monastiraki Square across to Platia Avissinias, from Ermou Street down to Adrianou Street.
Mass-produced items, such as hats, T-shirts and prints of religious icons, are displayed alongside unique artisan musical instruments, paintings by monks from Mount Athos and handmade Greek sandals. Monastiraki holds many rewards for those hunting bargain souvenirs or rare items.
The flea market stalls usually close in the early afternoon, so start your hunt before midday. Mid-morning is the best time to avoid the crowds and the summer heat. Stop by one of the many cafés and bars lining the streets to refresh yourself with a cold drink and some Greek pastries. If you are visiting a little later in the day, try an ouzo, an aniseed liquor. It goes well with mezedes, a selection of small dishes.
Reach the Monastiraki Flea Markets using Athens’ affordable public transportation network. Local buses and the metro train system serve the area regularly. The outer edge of the markets is located next to the central Monastiraki train station. This is right in the heart of ancient Athens, just north of the Acropolis. Be aware of pickpockets in the area and keep your valuables close when sitting in cafés. With a little care, though, these markets are a lively and colorful place to spend a few hours.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Athens Central Market and Ermou Street. Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Flea Market are also within 10 minutes. Monastiraki Station is 6 minutes by foot and Panepistimio Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Neos Kosmos, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Onassis Cultural Centre and Acropolis Museum. Acropolis and Parthenon are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kasomouli Station is 8 minutes by foot and Baknana Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Monastiraki Flea Market, Zappeion Hall and Acropolis. Ancient Agora of Athens and Acropolis Museum are also within 15 minutes. Syntagma Station is only a 5-minute walk and Monastiraki Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monastiraki Flea Market, Roman Agora and Ancient Agora of Athens. Hellenic Parliament and Parthenon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Monastiraki Station is only a 4-minute walk and Thissio Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Monastiraki Flea Market and Ermou Street. Ancient Agora of Athens and Roman Agora are also within 10 minutes. Monastiraki Station and Thissio Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Parthenon and Syntagma Square are also within 15 minutes. Leoforos Vouliagmenis Station is only a 2-minute walk and Akropoli Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Maria Callas Museum, Syntagma Square and Ermou Street. Hellenic Parliament and Roman Agora are also within 10 minutes. Syntagma Station is 5 minutes by foot and Monastiraki Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Ermou Street and Monastiraki Flea Market. Ancient Agora of Athens and Roman Agora are also within 10 minutes. Thissio Station and Monastiraki Station are within a 5-minute walk.