Shopping in Athens is a favorite pastime for tourists and Athenians and one of the best places to buy just about anything is the Monastiraki flea market.

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. There are good jewelry store with handmade gold and silver pieces. 

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.

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.

The Monastiraki flea market is the place to be on Sunday when it seems every Athenian is here either buying or selling. You have to get here early because after about 11am the crowd becomes impossible and if you want to take a break there are few tables available at the many cafes and restaurants in the area.

You can wander around aimlessly or you can find someone who knows the flea market who can show you around if you are intent on buying something in particular. Much of the flea market is not really a 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 Monastiraki flea market.

 

Monastiraki flea market is a collection of small shops of which most of them are tourist shops with the same stuff you will find on Adrianou street in the Plaka. These are open normal shop hours and you can come here anytime.

 

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Ifaistou 22, Athens

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If you’re looking for an actual flea market you will be disappointed. Only the name is still there. Now you will find only regular shops. For hidden treasures choose Avysinia square.