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Athens central market

Athens ● Monastiraki ● Omonoia ● Varvakios ● 13 July 2016
 

Athens central market

Athens Central Market

Varvakios Market, the Greek capital’s first covered municipal emporium. Built on a plot beside the Varvakios High School, both were named after a wealthy benefactor Yannis Varvakis who endowed several important projects at the time.

Coming from a little island in the Aegean Sea he quickly made a fortune from sea trading and even joined the Russian aristocracy. Having good relations with Catherine the Great of Russia and General Potemkin, Varvakis joined the Russian Fleet and he settled in Odessa. There, he joined a secret Greek organization founded to help their fellow compatriots to rebel against the Ottoman Empire.

Coming from a little island in the Aegean Sea he quickly made a fortune from sea trading and even joined the Russian aristocracy. Having good relations with Catherine the Great of Russia and General Potemkin, Varvakis joined the Russian Fleet and he settled in Odessa. There, he joined a secret Greek organization founded to help their fellow compatriots to rebel against the Ottoman Empire.

Many people from every corner of Athensenter the market to shop some of the ingredients needed for the daily cooking. Here soemone can find fresh ingredients which arrive here from all over the country. Fresh fish from Piraeus quayside, meat from Epirus stocklives and also imported goods from other countries. Locals who shop in Varvakios have developed a trust relationshiop whit some of the owners of the stores, that is why they are not worried if the products they are going to sell them are not fresh or of bad quality. The central market is one of the most vivid parts of Athens. Inside the market there are also some traditional taverns which have as specialty “patsas” it a kind of soup made from lamp’s or beef’s stomach, legs or head. It is mixed with garlic, sun dried chilly peper, vinegar, olive oil and sometimes with tomato sauce. It was introduced to Greece through Armenian refugees. It is considered the best food after a long night out with lots of alcohol since it is really soothing for the stomach.

Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Athens Way
9.1 10
Athens Way
17, Arachovis & Ippokratous Str., 10680 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens City Center, Athens Way hotel is within a 15-minute walk from Syntagma Square and a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The Acropolis and the historic part of Athens, Plaka, are at 2 km. The lively Monastiraki Square is 1.5 km away. Athens International Airport is at 33.5 km and Piraeus port can be reached within 30 minutes using the light railway.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Diethnes Hotel
8.4 10
Diethnes Hotel
52, Peoniou str.(Larissis Station), 104 40 Athens, Greece

Diethnes Hotel is located in Athens, just a 3-minute walk from Larissa Metro Station and Athens Railway Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 metro stops away.


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