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Monastiraki Square Area, Athens

Monastiraki Square Area, Athens

A meeting point for locals and tourists alike, Monastiraki square deserves to be visited, if only for a few minutes, to soak up the lively and often festive atmosphere, that is as Greek as it possibly gets, and perhaps try some of the local street snacks, like “koulouri” (a bagel-like roll sprinkled with sesame seeds). The adjacent flea market offers a choice of goods that may rival the Grand Bazaar of Constantinople itself, while the neighboring streets host a cluster of shops, taverns, bistros and coffee/tea houses luring visitors with a chance of a pleasant break.

The alley named Mitropoleos (to the east of the metro station) is lined with lively restaurants packed with local Athenians and serving good inexpensive food.

At the entrance to Mitropoleos Square, is the famous kebab joint SAVVAS (9am–4am), specializing in gyros, kebab, lahmacun, and pastrami appetizers. Dishes are huge and a great value for money; plus, you get a very nice view of the Acropolis from the rooftop terrace.

CAFE AVISSINIA (Tue-Sun: 11am–1am), located in the eponymous Avissinia Square, is the only establishment around Monastiraki where antiques are not for sale but form part of the interior. More than just an eatery or a watering hole, this tavern is a manifestation of Greek philosophy and culture. Opened back in 1986 as a small tea house, today Avissinia is a classic haunt offering a choice of Greek delicacies, moussaka, grilled calamari, baked sardines, and most notably, live music to delight the multiple clientele! There are three seating areas one of which has a fabulous view of the Acropolis.

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Sight Name: Monastiraki Square Area
Sight Location: Athens, Greece
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles

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