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Too many to name: Monastiraki
Monastiraki is one of the best places to shop in Athens. They have lots of diverse shops, and it's an experience all in its own. For most of the time you are under the acropolis.
It is fun just to walk through at night (which is totally safe) even if you are not planning on buying anything.
Yes, if you are a tourist people will try to rip you off, just say "too high" and start to walk out. Trust me, they will lower the price.
What to buy: There are a lot of good clothing stores, with traditional greek clothing. It's really comfortable and is great for hot weather.
What to pay: A nice pair of cotton greek pants (Manos Bratsis), should be about 12 euro, anything much more than that is expensive, and you could probably find it cheaper somewhere else.
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Monastiraki: Spices !
Spices... they can wake up all your senses..
Once again... in Monastiraki area among many other shops you can find spices shops as well. The colors and smells are great ... if you like this kind of stuff i really recommend you to visit the markets and spices shops especially if you have no outdoors markets where you live in. the feeling there is very different... quite like in the middle east Markets.
Everywhere: Leather Stuff
This is one of the things which is quite popular in the touristy area.
If you like all those leather Shoes, sandals, bags etc'... then just stroll around the Plaka and Monastiraki Area and you'll find it everywhere.
For me however i rather other kind of shoes... those leather sandals they sell there reminded me all those movies about the famous stories of the biblical heros ... and somehow they all wear this kind of sandals...
Monastiraki (it means "small monastery"), also known as "Yousouroum", is the famous flea market of Athens, which is better to be seen on Sundays, the day that most people visit it.
A big variety of old things -as phonographs, furniture, books, ceramics, cards etc.- can be discovered at its narrow streets. Pandrosou and Ifaistou are the most central of it.
What to pay: Bargain before you buy anything...
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Flea Market: Flea Market At Monastiraki
At the Flea Maket you can find almost anything you need, Jewerly, bags, shoes, coats, gifts, books etc.
Open on sundays but try and get there early, because at 12 the crowds start to gether and it is hard to move around.
Souvenirs from Athens
Monastiraki: If it's a bargain you are after and if you still have not decided what souvenir to take back home, don't forget to visit the Monastiraki Flea Market. Here you will find shops selling a wide selection of souvenir to suit all tastes and budgets.
The best time to visit Monastiraki is on Sunday mornings when the Flea Market is running full and before the crowd rush later in the afternoon. The Flea Market is next to the Monastiraki metro station and just off the square with the same name.
What to buy: Specialties include handicrafts, gold and silver jewelry, flokati rugs of fluffy sheep wool, pottery, onyx, marble, alabaster, leathergoods, furs, art items, and local culinary delights.
Monastiraki: Candle holder
These little greek island homes that double up as tealight candle holders are just too fantastic. They make great gifts for people back at home and also serve as a nice souvenir for yourself
In Monastiraki you may find whatever you can imagine.
It is one of the best quarters for the tourists to buy souvenirs.
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