Monastiraki Square

Once the site of the largest monastery in Athens, this square is now one of the major shopping districts in the city.

TravelCurious Tip

Be sure to arrive early to the Sunday flea market – after 11am the streets are packed.

Athens is one of the world’s great cities for shopping of every kind, and Monastiraki is probably the best place for it. Here you can find everything from high-end labels to the cheapest flea market wares. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, t-shirts, pottery or musical intstruments, Monastiraki is the place to come.

An Athenian Melting Pot

The square is named for the 10th century Church of the Pantanassa, which used to have an adjoining monastery. The monks are long gone, however, and solemnity has been replaced by a lively, vibrant street atmosphere that will be familiar to all who have visited Athens. Monastiraki square is the perfect place to dive into the labyrinthine streets of shops, stalls and cafes, streets which can seem charming, seedy, intimate and hectic all at the same time.

Flea Circus

The best time to visit is undoubtedly on Sunday, when it can feel like the entire Greek population has descended on this little neighbourhood for the weekly flea market. During the rest of the week you can always find street sellers hawking their wares, but on Sundays you can barely move for them and their customers, especially after 11am. The air is filled with the sounds of furious haggling and the aromas of traditional food. Patience is key – there are plenty of genuine, high-quality items to be found at reasonable prices, but finding them does require a certain amount of dredging through cheap, mass-produced tat.

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Athens Famous Landmarks & Hidden Gems: Private Walking Tour

Experience the glorious ancient city of Athens, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities, where venturing off the tourist drag is near impossible without a passionate, knowledgeable local guide. 

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On your walking tour, you’ll see several of the city's major attractions, including Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, the Tower of the Winds, and the Lysicrates Monument, and hear their fascinating stories from your guide. You will be taken to one of the oldest bakeries in Athens, where you can enjoy a coffee and a traditional Greek pastry - while jotting down more expert recommendations for food!

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