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Monastiraki, Athens

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A quintessential Athenian attraction, the old town neighborhood of Monastiraki draws visitors by offering a blend of history and shopping. The atmospheric neighborhood is crisscrossed by a network of narrow backstreets, lined by open-air stands and cramped shops offering bargains on everything from vintage shoes and new furniture, to rare books and handmade instruments. Named after its main square, the compact neighborhood represents the Ottoman and Byzantine influences on the city by serving as a home to both an Islamic mosque and Christian church. Avoid the worst of the crowds by exploring the neighborhood early in the morning. Work out when and for how long to visit Monastiraki and other Athens attractions using our handy Athens journey planner.
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  • The spitting rain kept a few vendors in, but there was still plenty to see and rummage through. From old silver to Orthodox icons, the market was a great first experience to acclimate to Athens.  more »
  • This square is located quite close to the major historical sites of Athens and it's consequently a very popular place for tourists. The flea market is nearby and there are a bunch of stalls catering t...  more »
  • The square as soon as you exit the metro gives a really effective impact and the little shops around are pleasant to turn; often there are guys who improvise pleasant street dance performances. Too bad we looked at some dealers that they hide away smoke maps between the blocks that should serve as benches and make you never want to dwell.
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