Also known as "Downtown Bargain" (during the Turkish possession era), Monastiraki has maintained its bargaining flair. The picturesque district of Monastiraki is the place to visit with the company of a local host if you want to have an inside taste of the Greek culture. Its numerous streets and alleys are occupied by many shops and street vendors.
What you should not miss out on is the flea market. Every Sunday Monastiraki turns into a cultural hub marrying aspects of modern lifestyle to the old heart and soul of the city which is still alive. A huge variety of products from ceramics, books and vinyls to copper or bronze hearth sets is your for the taking!
Once your shopping experience is complete, it is high time you discovered the open air market where you are bound to run into some tasty food. The wide range of cafes and taverns can satisfy any kind of taste!
Things to do in Athens
Are you the type of person who wants to experience the Greek culture to the fullest? Are you the one who wants to take a glimpse of Athens' hidden gems? Are you the one who wants to feel the ambience of old Athens? Then, accompany us through the following countdown of top 10 things to do in Athens.
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Delicious Food Tour with Food Journalist
Georgia was a great guide, really knowledgeable and could tell great stories about how everything used to be and how all is different now. We had a great time listening to her stories and enjoying the Greek food at the same time.
Athens Evening Food Tour: 10 Tastings
Marina developed a custom tasting experience for us. We visited a trendy restaurant for a few appetizers, giving us a feel for contemporary takes on traditional dishes. Next we visited a fabulous store/cafe where Ionnis and Stavros, the owners, gave us an olive oil tasting, vinegar tasting, and samples of Greek dishes from many different areas, with ongoing commentary. Finally we went to a wine bar to sample some wines using grape varieties we had never had before. Marina is extremely knowledgeable about food, wine, and all things Greek. She is delightful and fun.
Athens Democracy & Ancient Politician Tour
Vicky took me on her Athenian Democracy tour of the city in January 2019. We had never met before. This was my first visit to Athens. She was punctual, friendly and very knowledgeable. She has a vast knowledge of the subject and her tour is very well-designed and highly informative. Vicky was pleasant and accommodating to me. She has a passion for history and for Athens, which comes across very clearly. Given the importance of Athens to Western civilisation and democratic politics, this tour is highly recommended and Vicky is the perfect guide for it. It is thrilling to stand where Pericles stood addressing his fellow citizens, see where Socrates was imprisoned before his execution, and walk in the footsteps of Plato and Aristotle. This tour was time and money very well spent by me, and it will be for you too.