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Local markets in Athens

Experiencing Athens as a local comes with a lot of perks. This city takes pride in its various facets and not just the monuments of historic importance. One of these facets includes markets in Athens. Luckily, the variety is rich and, thus, you can find anything, from vintage objects to unique spices. Local markets in Athens are an integral part of the city since they are mouthpieces of both the old and the modern Greek culture. Make sure you add visiting a local Greek market to your list of things to do in Athens!

1. The Monastiraki Flea Market
Under the Acropolis Rock there is one market that marries the East to the West. Multi-culturalism has a true meaning here. Buildings, objects and even people from different cultures and religions are successfully combined to create the most popular market in Athens, the flea market in Monastiraki. Each Sunday from 9:00am both locals and visitors check out the vintage furniture, clothes, shoes and many more in order to find the best bargain possible.

2. The Central Market (Varvakeios Agora)
A little further down the road lies the Central Market. This is a food market that is mainly equipped with meat and fish products. Despite that, you can find spices and traditional Greek products such as olives or cheese to take back home. The Central market is open from Monday to Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Make sure you wear your sneakers because the roads are always covered in water.

3. The Mall Athens (Marousi)
This Athens' market is the largest one in Greece. It can be found in the Marousi district and it is accessible both by taxi and bus. It is open for public from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 9:00pm and on Saturdays from 9:00am to 8:00pm. The Mall Athens is a modern market option which can be combined with a nice lunch or coffee at the mall's establishments. It houses many famous international brands as well as Greek clothing chains.

4. The Andrianou Market
Located in the Plaka district this market in Athens carries a long history. This market used to be filled with child's toy stores. Nowadays the Andrianou market in Athens follows the same visitor-centered mentality and offer huge bargains on leather clothes, textiles, jewelry and pieces of folk art. The stores are open from Monday to Saturday from early in the morning until late in the afternoon.

5. The Market Through The Eyes Of A Local
The best way to experience a city is through the eyes of a local. Your Athenian guide is the one who will let you in on the best deals of markets in Athens based on what you look for. Plus, you will get to hear the stories behind some of them while you soak in the Greek culture.

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Shop 'til You Drop in Athens

My family had a shopping tour with Agathi in April. She was very upbeat during the tour despite the constant pouring rain for the entire duration of it (think soaked through sneakers and socks). Her communication prior to and during the tour was excellent, and she took my requests for stops on the tour with ease as well as making some suggestions, especially given the weather. Thanks Agathi!

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Athens’ Tastiest Vegan Food Tour

I don't think there are enough wonderful words to describe our Vegan Food tour of Athens with Agathi.

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Even if you aren't vegan (which I'm personally not but my wife who was also on the tour is mostly vegatrarian), Agathi straight away said she can personalize what we would be eating depending on how open we were to try things blwhen we first met up.

The food we ended up trying along the tour were: freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh nuts and dried fruits, spanikopita (which we chose cheese and spinach pies), tasting a variety of Greek olive oils and Greek liquors/alcohols at Dia Tafta, and vegan souvlaki (which looked like any meat-lovers gyros and tasted like them too!).

All of which are from local spots that are off the beaten path and that was exactly what we wanted to experience. As authentic to Greece as someone that lives here can give us. We love to abosrob other cultural experiences and Greece was no exception!

Never once did Agathi make us feel rushed walking from place to place, or even when we were spending extra time looking around Dia Tafta at some gifts to bring back home. In all honestly she could have told us we didn't have time or that we could come back later after the tour to purchase gifts and such.

She provided not only ancient and more modern history of Greece, but we also got to know Agathi on a more personal level instead of the usual one sided experiences when touring.

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I can't recommend booking a tour with her more, she was so lovely! By far she was our favourite WithLocals tour and guide - even including ones we'd already done in Greece or other countries.

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Melina was an absolutely wonderful host, i can’t say enough how much fun we had and how much we learned. There was never a dull moment, as Melina shared her vast knowledge of Greek culture as we cooked. Her ingredients were fresh and local and the food neither of us had tried before. We can’t wait to copy her recipes for our families back home. The best part of the evening, however, was melina’s infectiously good attitude and humor.