Monastiraki, Athens

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    A Byzantine church supplies store
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  • Monastiraki
    by starstudio
  • Dry fruit and nuts in Athens
    Dry fruit and nuts in Athens
    by greekcypriot
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    Everywhere: Leather Stuff

    by Sharon Updated Apr 23, 2004

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    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...

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    Monastiraki: Spices !

    by Sharon Updated May 26, 2004

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    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.

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    Monastiraki: Shopping or making friends?

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 12, 2007

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    Making friends - Mark and the shop owner

    There are many small sovineer shops in the Plaka and on the Monistraka. Most of them are full of tourist junk souvineers that all tourist seem to love. If you just walk in and do a quick browse and leave you might be missing a wonderful experience. Mark and I took time to meet many local people while in Athens. Going into a souvineer shop gave us the opportunity to no only waste our money on cheap souvineers, but also to meet some fascinating and wonderful people. The shop pictured here had a very dear lady who owned the shop. We talked with her about Athens, about our country, about our experiences so far and found her to be charming and friendly. I noticed a picture of a handsome young man on the wall of the shop. I asked if it was her son. She answered yes. I then replied that I needed to send my daughter over to meet her handsome son. Her face suddenly changed to a very sad expression. She said Oh no no. You don't understand. I am wearing black because my son has died. He was only 20. I felt so bad. We continued to talk about her son for a few moments. Then she hugged us and thanked us for listening to her story. We all were near tears by this time. Then as we paid for souvineers she added several small extra items to our bags to thank us for sharing some time with her.

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    Athanasios Avgerinos shop!: Dry fruit and nuts

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 13, 2011

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    Dry fruit and nuts in Athens
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    My favourite shop to buy dry fruit and nuts is the one in the corner of the central Public Market .

    I can always find fresh products, and I buy walnuts and raisins, danes, and all sorts of different other things depending on the season.

    The shop belongs to Mr. Athanasios Avgerinos

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    Monastiraki: The Monastiraki Flea Market

    by Paul2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Entrance to the Monastiraki Flea Market

    The Monastiraki Flea Market is one of more colourful districts in Athens. It is spralled out befor Monastiraki Square. As far as flea markets goes, it is one my favourite ones that I have come across anywhere in the world. Much of the attraction of the flea market is the array of characters who actually sell there wears here. I have posted below a link to the city of Athens' official guide to the Monastiraki Flea Market where you can read about some of the eccentric who hangout here.
    To the west of the market I found several nice cafes where you can eat lunch and have a beer.

    What to buy: It seems that you can purchase anything imaginable in the market however it is particularly notable for a great place to buy CD's and probably these days, DVD's. There more antique stores here than I could care to count and they seem to sell everything from furniture to old record players and phonographes. You can also get all kinds of clothing good throughout the market.

    What to pay: Can be very cheap

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    Monastiraki: Monastiraki Station

    by starstudio Written Oct 24, 2008

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    Athenians love to shop and a simple
    walk around the city will reveal
    stores selling everything from
    antiques to high fashion and art.
    The best way to discover the city’s
    treasures is to begin with the flea markets of
    Monastiraki and Thisio and make your way
    towards Syntagma and Kolonaki, where you
    can find luxury boutiques, great art, jewellery
    and shops with traditional products. Streets in
    the “old city” -Plaka, Thisio and Monastirakiare
    mainly lined with touristy shops and street
    vendors that stay open until late. Ermou
    Street, radiating from Syntagma square, is
    the main thoroughfare with big retail chains
    alternating with small quirky shops and
    international brands. Voukourestiou street is
    the big spender’s pedestrianised paradise, while
    Kolonaki features every type of store you can
    think of.
    Stores operate on irregular hours and many
    close on midday, to reopen in the evening. As a
    general rule, stores on Monday and Wednesday
    are open from 9am to 3pm and on Tuesday,
    Thursday and Friday from 9am to 2.30pm and
    from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. On the weekends the
    stores are open from 9am to 3pm while all are
    closed on Sunday. In touristy areas such as Plaka
    and Monastiraki, some shops stay open until
    late, while only department stores are open all
    day (8am to 8pm on weekdays, 9am to 6pm on
    Saturday).

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    Tourist shops in Plaka and Monastiraki: Komboloy

    by athenian80 Written Apr 4, 2005

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    From a shop at Monastiraki... Choose...

    What to buy: Komboloy is a kind of toy for adults. Traditionally held by men, komboloy is something to keep your hands busy. Shift it, count the beads or hang it somewhere. It is one of the most popular souvenirs and very good for a gift. Shapes, styles and colors vary greatly.

    What to pay: It's up to you. You can find as cheap as 2 € or very expensive ones depending on the material (e.g. silver)

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    Monastiraki: Monastiraki Flea Market

    by starstudio Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The historic neighbourhood of Plaka embosoms the Acropolis Hill on
    all sides. Together with Monastiraki, they contain an endless variety
    of antiquities of all eras. Plaka is the last remaining neighbourhood of
    the city which retains the neoclassical architectural style of old Athens.
    A walk through its winding streets is a glimpse in the way people lived
    and interacted with one another in the geitonia (neighbourhood) when
    everyone knew their neighbours and a daily stop at the café was a ritual.
    Perched right under the Acropolis is the odd Anafiotika quarter, a quiet
    area with whitewashed Cycladic-style houses. These small houses were
    built by stone masons from the Cycladic island of Anafi in the mid 19th
    century, who arrived in Athens to build the royal palace after the country's
    independence. The beautiful white church of Agios Georgios marks the
    area from afar. Walking towards the train lines, you enter Monastiraki,
    the biggest open-air museum in the country. On Adrianou Street you
    will find the Ancient Agora, the centre of government in ancient Athens,
    while the amazing Temple of Hephestos, built in 449 B.C., is the best
    preserved Doric temple in Greece. At the corner of Eolou and Adrianou
    you see the Roman Agora and the octagonal Tower of the Winds that is
    said to have been a sundial and water clock. The beautiful Fethiye Djami
    (mosque) is one of the few examples of Ottoman temples that survive.

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    Monastiraki

    by AndyRG Updated May 28, 2003

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    So many items...

    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

    by sugagirl Updated Nov 12, 2002

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    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.

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    Monastiraki Flea Market: Whatever You Want, Get It Here!

    by johngayton Written Aug 12, 2006

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    Chairs Awaiting Restoration
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    By all accounts Sunday is the big day for the flea market here at Monistiraki but even on a mid-week afternoon this makes for a fascinating wander round with its variety of idiosyncratic little bazaar-style shops rangeing from designer fashion, through local crafts, down to downright junk with all sorts of odd bits and pieces in between. Whether looking for army surplus clothing or a silver chess set with a marble board, antique books and vinyl records, trendy sports wear or cheap sandals, restored furniture or perhaps a lost artwork, it's all here - there will be a travelog on my Athens page eventually. Just a great place to spend a couple of hours and drop into a local bar halfway!

    What to buy: I suppose if you are looking for an Athens souvenir then this is as good a place as any to look, whether something tacky or upscale.

    What to pay: Whatever you want to pay, but all prices are negotiable!

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  • Too many to name: Monastiraki

    by WillAntoniou Updated Aug 26, 2004

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    A rare cold day in Greece

    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: Monastiraki

    by Pieter11 Written Jul 18, 2005

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    Shopping isn��t the only thing to do in Monastiraki

    The quarter of Monastiraki, at the westside of the citycentre is a true paradise for people who like shopping. It´s one big marketplace. The central Monastiraki Square is the base from which you can reach the narrow market streets to the west, the Odos Ermou (part with traffic) to the north, the streets next to the Roman Agora to the south and the bars and restaurants to the south-west.

    Especially the marketstreets towards the west are a very good place to find good souvenirs, antique and rubbish. You can find anything here: clothes, leather, jewelry, cd´s, antiqities, pottery, and all the souvenirs you also find in the rest of the city.

    Bargaining is normal here. Looking at the goods will assure you of getting a talk by the salesman, and don´t expect the things here to be original, but nevertheless it´s a cool experience to check it out.

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    Bargans and Splurging

    by xsugargirlx Written Feb 4, 2007

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    There are two favorite places to shop for me. One is the flea market in Monastiraki (sp). You can get anything you want, great place for souviners, at a very affordable price.

    The second is Gylfada! This is where the rich shop, and the prices are high but they have every store you could dream of! It was like a shoppers paradise. 

    What to buy: I got some authentic slippers with the fuzzy balls on them for my friends from the flea market, they were about 5$. I also got many jars of Olive Pate, green and black and they are to die for, for about 3$ per jar. I got jars of nuts and honey for cheap as well as lots of little evil eye charms for 1$ a piece. Fun souviners!

    Don't pass up any of these items! 

    What to pay: I spent a few thousand dollars in Gylfada but I got some very fine things. They sometimes have alot of the fashion before America and they also get some imported items that I have never found in America. I got a very lovely Gucci bag, exotic moonflower and rose oils, olive hand lotions and soap, Italian wool scarfs, Oliver sunglasses and some very beautiful Byzantine style jewelry. 

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    Monastiraki: Sandal maker/poet

    by ncoutroulis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Inside his shop

    Stavros Melissinos has been making sandals for years. He'll custom make any of hs many styles for you while you wait. He's also a poet. you can a pick up a packet of his poems, while you're there. He's one of the last of the real cobblers, and a real character.

    What to buy: Hand mad leather sandals.

    What to pay: They cost about 20 euros each.

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