The historic neighbourhood of Monastiraki extends westward from the popular area of Plaka. In this charming maze of streets, classical history meets the contemporary side of the city. Despite sometimes being labelled as an extension of the Plaka district, Monastiraki has its own unique identity and has become one of the most popular market areas in Athens. The monastery of Monastiraki, after which the area is named, stands at the heart of the neighbourhood and a multitude of paved streets lined with all kinds of shops run from this central square. You'll find a mixture of clothes, shoes, antiques, books and CDs on sale in this area. One recommendation: on Sunday mornings the pazari market is held in Avissynias Square and it is always full of locals looking for all kinds of bargains.
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