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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.
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Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adrianou Street, Acropolis Museum, and Hellenic Parliament. Parthenon and Benaki Museum are also within 15 minutes. Akropoli Station is 7 minutes by foot and Syntagma Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens and Hellenic Parliament. Acropolis Museum and Parthenon are also within 15 minutes. Syntagma Station is 6 minutes by foot and Monastiraki Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ermou Street and Omonia Square. Parthenon and Acropolis Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Thissio Station and Athens Thiseio Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in the historic heart of Athens, this boutique hotel is a 3-minute walk from Ancient Agora and a 10-minute walk from the Acropolis and Parthenon. The metro station is a 2-minute walk.
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Hellenic Parliament and Acropolis Museum. Monastiraki Station is only a 3-minute walk and Thissio Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greek Evangelical Church, Acropolis Museum, and Parthenon. Hellenic Parliament and Benaki Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Akropoli Station is only a 3-minute walk and Leoforos Vouliagmenis Station is 7 minutes.
This hotel overlooks the ancient Acropolis, and just steps to Acropolis Museum. Located near many of Athens' ancient sites, including Herod Atticus Theatre, Plaka old quarter, and only a 15-minute walk to Syntagma Square.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ermou Street and Omonia Square. National Archaeological Museum of Athens and Hellenic Parliament are also within 1 mi (2 km). Metaxourghio Station and Metaxourgio Station are within a 2-minute walk.