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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. Put Monastiraki into our Athens holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Athens.
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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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  • Here we found a lot of things to buy very cheap. There was live music and fast food to carry all around. Absolutely a place to go if you like crowded places.  more »
  • I found strawberries and cherry with only 2€. I bought a lot of things very cheap and good clothes and good view for Acropolis  more »
  • We visited the 360 bar with great reviews of the Acropolis. Monastiraki is a bustling and touristy with many souvenir shops and bars. If you want a busy and bustling Athenian night this is the place f...  more »