Monastiraki Flea Market

Greece, Athens Guide (B): Monastiraki Flea Market

Shopping in Athens is a favorite pastime for tourists and Athenians and one of the best places to buy just about anything is the Flea Market at Monastiraki. OK. It is not really a flea market except maybe on Sunday when some of the stores close and people bring tables and carpets and sell all kinds of stuff from junk to antiques. The rest of the week it is more like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul though not so grand and not so bizarre. Most of the shops are pretty conventional and sell the same stuff you find in the tourist shops on the islands, some of it made in Greece and some made in China or other cheap labor countries. You will find the same designs on GREECE T-shirts as you saw in Aruba or Mexico, as well as some you might actually classify as art or somehow unique. There are good jewelry store with handmade gold and silver pieces and fake jewelry stores with "handmade" gold and silver pieces, and most people won't be able to tell the difference.

There will be shops with icons painted by monks from Mount Athos and monasteries around Greece and other shops with icons painted by armies of artists in workshops, or just prints pasted on wood or particle board. Let's be honest: to most people an icon is an icon. There are more people in the world who buy crap than there are people who buy something because it is authentic art, and the shops of Monastiraki cater to the masses. You will find everything you want here from jewelry to trinkets, from original designs to mass produced T-shirts advertising not only Greece but stuff that needs no advertising like Nike and Adidas and Coca-cola or your favorite heavy metal band. You will find antiques and fake antiques, vintage vinyl and not so vintage CDs. Rare first edition books in all languages and the same paperback you thought about buying at the airport. You will find plastic worry beads and the real thing, bouzoukia that can't stay in tune or hand-crafted instruments that will be coveted by your musician friends. You will find sandals made by Chinese factory workers or made right there in the shop and fitted exactly to your foot. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
This article is featured in the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" on iTunes App Store and Google Play. You can download the app to your mobile device to read the article offline and create a self-guided walking tour to visit the attractions featured in this article. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Sights Map

Guide Name: Monastiraki Flea Market
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Monastiraki Flea Market   Monastiraki Square   Syntagma   Abysinia Cafe   Byzantino   Tzistarakis Mosque   Hadrian's Library   Meandros   Kostas   Mama Roux   Poikili Stoa   Agiou Filippou Street   James Joyce Pub   Byzantino Jewelry   Poet   Hotel Attalos   Plaka Hotel   360 Degrees Hotel   Athens Center Square   Fresh Hotel   Hotel Adrian   Hotel Cecil  
Author: Matt Barrett
Read it on author's website: http://www.athensguide.com/monastiraki.html

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


15 Best Cafes in Athens

15 Best Cafes in Athens

While in Athens it is immediately noticeable that the local cafe culture thriving. Through this directory you will get a chance to visit very different establishments, ranging from "kafenia", to hip, modern coffee shops and get first hand experience of the diversity of contemporary Greek...
A Self-Guided Food Walk in Athens

A Self-Guided Food Walk in Athens

Just as many things in Greece, dining in Athens is very much laid-back with the majority of local eateries seeing patrons begin to congregate for dinner only after 8 pm. Eating-wise, the Athenians favor simplicity, leaning to the more casual and not so pricey tavernas where food is plentiful. To...
Souvenirs Shopping: 19 Uniquely Greek Products to Bring from Athens

Souvenirs Shopping: 19 Uniquely Greek Products to Bring from Athens

A cradle of European civilization, Greece, in general, and Athens, in particular, have long been - from the days of the Roman Empire up until present - the lure for travelers and history buffs seeking to find and bring home something memorable. Today's Athens (much as its ancient self) offers a...