Athens Monastiraki

General information

Monastiraki Neighborhood in Athens: The lively of Monastiraki is situated west of Syntagma Square.
It is known for being one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of Athens, with narrow streets and a labyrinth of crossing alleys, occupied by numerous shops and street vendors.
Monastiraki is famous for the bazaar that takes place every Sunday, displaying a huge quantity of products.

Walking around the area, you will have the opportunity to explore the famous flea market of Monastiraki, where you will find top-quality food among other goods.
Many hotels are located in the area and various bars and restaurants boast terraces with a great view of the region's ancient sites.

Hotels in Monastiraki

We have made a selection of the best hotels in Monastiraki.
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A For Athens

Hotel3 stars

A for Athens Hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city, next to Monastiraki square. The hotel’s location offers a unique view to the Acropolis visible by all rooms and the hotel’s terrace. Up there, there is a cozy bar serving delicious cocktails and drinks. Guests are able to enjoy a ...

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Boasting an excellent location, Noma Hotel is situated in the charming area of Monastiraki. The hotel has a unique design that combines elements of modern architecture with an authentic Athenian style. Breakfast and room service are offered, as well as a variety of other complementary services for ...

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Nin&Bau Sarri2

Hotel3 stars

Featuring a terrace and offering breakfast, Nin&Bau Sarri2 can be found in Monastiraki, one of the most central areas in the city of Athens. The hotel provides rooms and apartments with a modern style. They have cozy bedrooms and in most of them, you will also find a kitchenette.


Things to See & Do in Monastiraki

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More information about Monastiraki

Monastiraki is primarily known for being a shopping district.
In its open-air market, you will find street food and a wide variety of antique shops (for books, vinyl discs, decorative objects, etc.), boutiques, souvenir shops, alternative fashion, gift shops and more.
If you are interested in experiencing the market in its most vivid form, consider going to the flea market on Sundays!

As for the area's landmarks, you will discover old churches, mosques and various ancient monuments, including the Roman Agora, the Gate of Athena, the Library of Hadrian and the Stoa of Attalos. A few museums can also be spotted in proximity to the square. Among them, you will discover the Museum of Illusions, the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments and the Museum of Modern Greek Culture.

Monastiraki is a popular meeting point and offers many opportunities for entertainment.
There are various kinds of charming cafes, bars, restaurants and taverns for all tastes.

This is a great place to experience the true colors of the local life and culture!


2 Reviews
  • olivia3rch 14 Feb 2009
    The square of the opposite
    Our hostel was near Monastiraki, so we would frequently pass by this beautiful area. I spend a whole week in Athens last summer. The weather was extremely hot in the middle of July and the beaches far away, but I felt I wanted to see more of this town. In any case, our hostel was cheap, so we didn't mind staying for two or three more days. Monastiraki is the centre of ancient Athens, as there are many archaeological sites in a walking distance: the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, the Hadrian Library. Many antique shops line the streets around the square of Monastiraki and the railway station. In a word, this is the place of the opposite in Athens: expensive restaurants next to cheap kebap taverns, luxurious shop centres close to open markets, fancy street actors side by side to beggars, ancient sites close to modern constructions...
  • susiler 19 Jan 2009
    Shop in the flea markets
    Monastiraki was my best district of Athens. Although it was usually very crowded and it could get pretty dangerous at night with so many economic immigrants that live there, in the day it was just a lovely place to have a coffee with view to the Acropolis and to shop in the flea markets. I didn't shop much from Monastiraki, but I saw some excellent antique items. I just bought a miniature of the Acropolis and a cup with the word "Athens" on it. However, I really enjoyed my walks along the narrow paths.