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.
Tours to Monastiraki
Busy square with a good selection of restaurants and shops. Also there is an interesting church in Byzantine style with wall paintings. Very picturesque and peaceful even though it is right in the... more »
Staying in Psirri this was our first port-of-call in the marvellous city. Exciting and vibrant it’s a magnet for locals and visitors alike. We enjoyed fine vistas of the Acropolis while strolling... more »
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