COME SEE Monastiraki Flea Market, Athens. Greece.

MONASTIRAKI FLEA MARKET: THE GUIDE 

REIGON: Athens

ACCESSIBILITY: Metro, bus, taxi & private vehicle

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Sunday’s have extra stalls, go early to avoid crowds. Market is open 8am – 6pm daily.

LOCATION: 11 minute drive from Syntagma Square | Location on Google Maps

WALKING DISTANCE: Approx. 200m from Monastiraki Square or 450m extended from Plaka

TIME REQUIRED: 1-2 hours

TOURIST RATING: Very popular

COST: Free

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MONASTIRAKI FLEA MARKET: THE EXPERIENCE

As told by Jackie Te-Aroha.

Monastiraki Flea Market – which by definition isn’t really a flea market – runs straight through the heart of Athens. You can begin your browsing from the official start in Monastiraki Square; from Plaka after visiting the Acropolis of Athens like we did, or from the Thissio side of town and work your way up.

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For the most part you’ll find stores with the same ol’ tired souvenirs here as you will any other major city in the world such as magnets, wall ornaments, slogan t-shirts, and decorative wooden penises. Granted you’ll also find plenty of ‘Greek’ souvenirs too such as evil eye pendants, hand made jewellery, linen clothing, leather sandals, belts and bags… oh the bags!

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There are plenty of narrow lane ways that run off the main market strip too. And although they may be appear dodgy at first glimpse due to the graffiti covered roller doors, don’t be afraid to get lost in them. It’s down these lanes that you’ll experience a more authentic Athenian marketplace filled with quaint eateries and bars that provide perfect people watching and street photography opportunities.

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Toward the Thisso end if you dare let yourself wander you’ll come across a small square and adjoining lane that hosts an antique mini market. There are tables and shelves and racks covered in every imaginable piece of silverware, metal homeware, jewellery and electronic device produced 30+ years ago. Warning; sensory overload may occur.

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If rummaging through people’s treasures and finding a ‘local’ bargain is your ideal shopping experience then you’re in luck. If not, then I would still recommend a walk through of the Monastiraki Flea Market just for the visual experience. Happy shopping, but remmebr to ask yourself before buying, do I really need this?

TIP: In crowded spaces it’s always best keep your belongings close, and your bags in front of you if possible.

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