Monastiraki
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Lively flea market neighborhood with lots of small tavernas serving good-value local snacks.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Monastiraki
Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 1 min walk
  • Thissio • 6 min walk
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  • Travel Pugs
    San Antonio, Texas17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great location in Athens
    Great location for seeing the sites in Athens. Superb breakfast worth 15-20 euros for two persons. A great selection to accommodate most any appetite. Friendly staff. Metro line closeby (300m). Many good restaurants and I recommend Bandiera.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Warby
    Bicester, United Kingdom3,631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lively buzzing area
    Great area near all the attractions and next to the old city. Central square and metro where we spent a lot of time. Buzzing from breakfast to dinner and beyond. Full of flea markets, shops, bars and restaurants
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,026 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lively neighborhood in Monastiraki
    Monastiraki is a bustling neighborhood in the old city of Athens. A flea market was taking place in the square during one of the days of our visit to Athens. It is adjacent to Hadrian’s Library and the Agora. We had dinner at a Monastiraki restaurant and enjoyed a great view of the Acropolis. There were some unsavory things about the area, but I didn’t let that affect me.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Haswell4
    Navarre, Florida152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stroll with plenty of restaurants
    We found ourselves here while trying to get to the temple of haephestus - which was not all easy to find even with gps (and the multi site tickets we bought for the Acropolis didn’t include this temple so we could only see it through the fence). However the stroll through monastiraki was worth the misadventure. This quaint town was less touristy than plaka and had more restaurants and shops that weren’t catering to the masses on their way to or from the Acropolis. If we were to plan a trip through a small town near the Acropolis, we would choose monasteraki rather than plaka.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Laura S
    San Diego, California2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monastiraki Square - Center of it all.
    Great area. Easy to get to so many places. Make sure you have walking shoes and can handle it. My energetic 83 year old Mom couldn't. My 57 year old self struggled a bit. If staying in the square (We stayed at 360 Degrees Athens Hotel, which has been nice, clean and comfortable) bring really good earplugs. It is 2:00 am on Saturday night ( really Sunday morning) as I writing this and I can hear the night clubs and music outside and we have a back, "quiet" room and have tried two different kinds of earplugs. Yes, watch your wallet and all the other global travel precautions but enjoy what the area has to offer.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy Walking Between Sights in Monastiraki…
    Once you’ve visited the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Monastiraki is a good area to start exploring other parts of Athens. It is a lively, crowded area that centres around Monastiraki Square and spills out around it. Most tourists will find themselves here at some point. The main attractions on the square are the Flea Market, the ancient little Church of St. Mary Pantanassa and the Tzisdarakis Mosque. The Flea Market is always listed as a big attraction but we found this to be of little interest as it mainly consisted of pretty stock standard souvenir shops and stalls. I believe that Sundays are different when a more authentic flea market operates here. Nearby are Hadrians’ Library, the Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora. These are all within easy walking distance of each other and are all included in the €30 Acropolis combo ticket (although its worth noting that you can get a good view of the library from the street without entering the site. Similarly, you can see the Tower of the Winds and Gate of Athena Archegetis at the Roman Agora very well from outside). The Temple of Hephaestus, inside the Ancient Agora was a highlight. Built around 450 BC, during during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens, it is the best preserved temple in Athens. There are lots of bars and restaurants around this area. We enjoyed O Thanasis for authentic local Greek food. It’s located just off the square (see separate review). Monastiraki is very easy to get to and the train station is located in the centre of the square.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Carol L
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monastiraki Square - Take in the view and enjoy the cultural experience
    Every traveler to Athens will undoubtedly be enjoying this square. It’s central in the city and a major hub of vendors, restaurants and even street musicians! My husband and I recommend staying awhile and not just passing through. The Parthenon is up on the Acropolis in the distance. It’s walking distance from the market and many great hotels.. The Metro and Hop-On Hop-Off also offer a stop there! Note: the Monastiraki Station of the Metro line-they uncovered 8th Century ruins!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2023
  • leanneooisiewlin
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place but not safe …
    Beautiful city but pick pockets are rampant and very well organised. They distracted us by engaging the kids on the metro and with much jostling and pushing, managed to get my wallet deep in my bag. They come in all ages and sizes. The ones who hit us were an older couple … probably in their 50s. Taxi driver was extremely dishonest too. Claimed the meter was out of order and it was Christmas when we had agreed before the ride, the meter would be used. Also took 50 euro from me and claimed I gave him 10 after flipping the note with another he had in his pocket. It is Christmas so I decided to let him have it … nothing good comes from dishonesty anyway. Disappointing overall for a tourist. Lovely surroundings but one time is enough. Many other beautiful cities to visit where it is safer and I don’t need to continuously look over my shoulder. Just don’t feel safe here.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • GAR
    882 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the safest or nicest part of Athens
    There are pickpockets operating here, and men will harass you if you’re a solo woman. Merchants will also rip you off. It’s a pretty place to walk around but don’t talk to anyone and keep your valuables safe
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 March 2024
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy Area full of restaurants and hotels
    We felt safe staying in this area during our time in Athens and found it was easy to find good food at restaurants everywhere we went. We visited in March and didn't find it too crowded but could definitely see it getting crowded in the summer season. This area is full of affordable souvenir shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. Many of the hotels in the area had rooftop bars which were perfect for a relaxing drink away from the streets and gave fantastic views of both the sunset and the Acropolis. We also like how the locals take care of the cats and they are pretty much everywhere as well. Major sites in Athens can be found here like the Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library and some of the oldest churches. There are also some modern sites here like the Museum of Illusions and a Flea Market. The closest metro is Monastiraki and two lines go through this station. The station also has some ruins that are visible inside the station.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2024
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles5,741 reviews
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2,570
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2,221
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
PROS
* Scenic urban area
* Lots of activity at all hours of day and night
* Many stores, bars and restaurants
* Adjacent to historic tourist attractions
* Central metro transfer station

CONS
Busy and crowded with narrow streets

"I VISITED THIS PLACE'...
... because it seems to be the central place of tourist Athens- commercial and recreational place with many food options. Our lodging was here, so we transited this place day and night over our long weekend

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
If and when I return to Athens- sure.

ADVICE
* Enjoy the "hustle-and-bustle" but be sure to use situational awareness
Written 29 April 2024
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2016Annette13
Baden, Switzerland218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The area around Monastiraki Square is full of life: Bars, restaurants and shops. Very touristic in a way, but also authentic at the same. Full of life.
Written 13 April 2024
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KulHKJ
Uxbridge, UK1,572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A very busy central area with a metro station in the heart of Athens. There is a flea market with many other streets littered with tourist shops and an awfully large range of restaurants. I didn’t enjoy the pressure of being constantly asked to stop and eat in Athens. It seems to be standard practice to drag your customers in ad people wander by enjoying the sights.

All in all a very lively place and very busy please be aware of the pick pockets! I nearly got done twice. There are some girls that try snd distract you with free roses and try snd get into your bags please have your wits and be cautious at all times especially in the evening when it is very crowded
Written 2 April 2024
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karwan k
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It's centre of all attractions. Close to all restaurants. Bars . Shopping and all other attractions. U can find good night live around here.
Written 25 March 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
One of the prettiest neighborhoods in town, full of life and full of places to dine, which is what we did. We found a couple of good restaurants for dinner, one recommended by friends. Noted that there are a lot of tourists. Charming area.
Written 21 March 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We felt safe staying in this area during our time in Athens and found it was easy to find good food at restaurants everywhere we went. We visited in March and didn't find it too crowded but could definitely see it getting crowded in the summer season.

This area is full of affordable souvenir shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. Many of the hotels in the area had rooftop bars which were perfect for a relaxing drink away from the streets and gave fantastic views of both the sunset and the Acropolis. We also like how the locals take care of the cats and they are pretty much everywhere as well.

Major sites in Athens can be found here like the Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library and some of the oldest churches. There are also some modern sites here like the Museum of Illusions and a Flea Market.

The closest metro is Monastiraki and two lines go through this station. The station also has some ruins that are visible inside the station.
Written 19 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GAR
882 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
There are pickpockets operating here, and men will harass you if you’re a solo woman. Merchants will also rip you off. It’s a pretty place to walk around but don’t talk to anyone and keep your valuables safe
Written 4 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

r t
Bromsgrove, UK707 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Looks pretty for photos etc.
Definatly not a safe area, keep and valuables out of the way, we walked from omonia which was ten times worse
Written 13 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

leanneooisiewlin
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Beautiful city but pick pockets are rampant and very well organised. They distracted us by engaging the kids on the metro and with much jostling and pushing, managed to get my wallet deep in my bag. They come in all ages and sizes. The ones who hit us were an older couple … probably in their 50s.

Taxi driver was extremely dishonest too. Claimed the meter was out of order and it was Christmas when we had agreed before the ride, the meter would be used. Also took 50 euro from me and claimed I gave him 10 after flipping the note with another he had in his pocket. It is Christmas so I decided to let him have it … nothing good comes from dishonesty anyway.

Disappointing overall for a tourist. Lovely surroundings but one time is enough. Many other beautiful cities to visit where it is safer and I don’t need to continuously look over my shoulder. Just don’t feel safe here.
Written 23 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Carol L
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Every traveler to Athens will undoubtedly be enjoying this square. It’s central in the city and a major hub of vendors, restaurants and even street musicians! My husband and I recommend staying awhile and not just passing through. The Parthenon is up on the Acropolis in the distance. It’s walking distance from the market and many great hotels.. The Metro and Hop-On Hop-Off also offer a stop there!
Note: the Monastiraki Station of the Metro line-they uncovered 8th Century ruins!
Written 4 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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