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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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  • In the high season (July August) The place is a tourist attraction from all over the world. Full of colors. There's a lot to see, lots of souvenir shops. And unique things to the place. Restaurants and cafes. Tavernas with singing and musicians. There are some antiques sites and some are not. This square is under the Acropolis. There are also "Gypsies/refugees" who should pay attention.
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  • We were on a bike tour that took us through Plateia Monastiraki. It is a large open expanse with a Mosque, or former Mosque, and various flea market activities, shops and eateries surrounding it. Bein...  more »
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