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The districts of Athens: Monastiraki

Athens ● Monastiraki ● 17 September 2017

Monastiraki is one of the most beautiful districts of Athens, a multicultural spot with neoclassical houses, mosques, little local shops that prove the oriental side of Athens, taverns, bars and nightlife options as well as ancient sites. Monastiraki Athens is located near Thiseio and thus, it shares with it many sites and beautiful spots. In Monastiraki, you can find nice and affordable boutique hotels in Athens for the best Greek accommodation.

Adrianou Street

Adrianou is the small pedestrian zone that begins from Monastiraki and ends in Thiseio. It is located near Ancient Agora (Athens), and it offers a magnificent view of the Temple of Hephaestus. Small, neoclassical, colourful houses and traditional restaurants make this place ideal to relax, eat and drink coffee.

Monastiraki Flea Market

Shopping in Athens is great, and you can find many districts and malls to shop from elegant boutiques or shops with unbelievable deals. The most impressive shopping area in Athens is Monastiraki Flea Market, a marketplace with numerous small, local shops with everything you can imagine. Coins, beads, jewellery, delicacies, books and antiques remind you of the oriental bazaar, with their traditional character of past decades.

Ancient Agora (Athens)

Ancient Agora (Athens) was the market place of ancient Athens. There, you can explore the ruins of ancient buildings, the museum (Stoa of Attalos) with many sculptures as well as the best-preserved Temple of Hephaestus, which will impress you with the fact that it is better-preserved even than Acropolis.

Roman Agora

Roman Agora was the market place during the Roman times in Athens (3rd century B.C.-3rd century A.D.). In Roman Agora is located the world's first weather station, the Tower of the Winds. Other important monuments of the site are the Gate of Athena, East Propylon, the public latrines, agoranomion and a Turkish mosque, which was built in 1456 A.D.

Monastiraki Square

Monastiraki Square is a wonderful square that is an excellent sample of the multicultural character of the city. A church, the oriental Monastiraki Flea Market, a mosque and the Roman Agora just behind the square create a great picture like a painting. The church of Agios Ioannis Kolona (=St John of Column) took its name after a Roman column, which rises above its roof, combining interestingly Roman with Christian times, but the most impressive buildings are the mosque and the old metro station in front of the colourful neoclassical houses.


Bars with a view

If you want to enjoy a magnificent view of Acropolis, Plaka and the whole historical Athens Center, you can have  a drink in one of the famous rooftops at Monastiraki Square. Legendary are the bars 360 and A for Athens, but if you stroll around, you will definitely find many other bars that combine breathtaking view, elegant décor and party atmosphere until late.

Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.