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Plaka, Athens

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The oldest residential neighborhood in Athens, Plaka sits in the shadows of the city's ancient ruins, welcoming visitors with a labyrinth of pedestrian-friendly streets and notable examples of Neoclassical architecture. In the 1990s this district transformed itself from a primarily working-class neighborhood to a tourist-driven area rife with trendy shops, upscale restaurants, and sidewalk cafes. Though most visitors come to this area--the heart of the ancient city--to soak up the authentic street atmosphere, you can also visit several historically important sites here, including a 5th century temple and an 11th century church, one of the oldest in the city. The neighborhood also houses a good selection of museums and galleries, displaying ancient artifacts and folk art. Make Plaka a centerpiece of your Athens vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Athens itinerary maker app.
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  • Lots of lovely cozy cafés and restaurants even if a bit over-prized! Absolutely worth a stroll here and sit down for a coffee or a ouzo. 
    Lots of lovely cozy cafés and restaurants even if a bit over-prized! Absolutely worth a stroll here and sit down for a coffee or a ouzo.  more »
  • Went back to Athens after more than 30 years. Went back to Place regularly the week I was here. Still charming. 
    Went back to Athens after more than 30 years. Went back to Place regularly the week I was here. Still charming.  more »
  • We were in Athens 1 week, and almost every day we passed by Plaka and found very interesting. There are many things to see and experience. 
    We were in Athens 1 week, and almost every day we passed by Plaka and found very interesting. There are many things to see and experience.  more »

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