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Monastiraki, Athens

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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.
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  • This neighbourhood is well known for its trade. It's got everything. Those various Greek souvenir and product stores are worth researching. It also has a multi-brand trade that is worthwhile. There are many Greek restaurants. You have a square, just be careful on busy days because you have a reputation for pickpockets. There's some fruit stalls, strawberry enirmes, but by the time they put it in the bag there's only small, broken fruit. You have to stay for hours so you can explore everything.
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  • A famous square with a lot of people but especially with lots of fruit sales. Very neatly laid out strawberries that are just waiting to be bought and eaten. There is also a metro station next to the square. If you want to shop and have the square as a starting point, there are shops largely in all directions. A small warning for pickpockets...
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