Monastiraki Square
Monastiraki Square
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Monastiraki
Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 1 min walk
  • Thissio • 6 min walk
See what travellers are saying
  • mrskrun
    Larvik, Norway4,300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lively square in Athens
    A popular spot in Athens Greece surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops, flea market. Monastiraki Metro station is also there which makes the area accessible wherever one is coming from. Whether airport or Piraeus port. Very lively square always full of people. Local street musicians can also be spotted in the area. Don’t miss out the rooftop restaurants and bars in the surrounding area, with magnificent view of Acropolis.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Jydeoo
    Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A vibrant spot to explore.
    Monastiraki Square is a charming place to visit either intentional or only in passing, as it is outside the metro station with the same name, and the Athens flea market stretches away in two directions from this square. The wide esplanade and the giant steplike structure where people sit make it feel welcoming. The very old and petite monastery church at one corner adds a touch of history and serenity to the square. The square is surrounded by the bustling flea market and other numerous shops with exotic Athenian wares, indoor and outdoor restaurants, and bars. The entrance to the Hadrian Library is at the corner of the square facing the accessible entrance to the Metro. Many of the ancient monuments of Athens are a short walk through the side streets away. All these make the square it's a vibrant spot to explore. Such vibrancy further comes alive in the evening/night, when people generally lounge around the square, and street vendors prowl around looking for tourists and kids to buy simple exotic toys. It was an experience to take time to appreciate the square, and of course, I sat on the "steps" to eat my takeaway dinner while taking in the sights and sounds.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,825 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Starting Point for Exploring….
    Monastiraki Square is a good starting point for exploring Athens. The main attractions on the square are the Flea Market, the 10th century Church of St. Mary Pantanassa, and the Tzisdarakis Mosque. The Flea Market is always listed as a big attraction but we didn’t spend much time here and passed through it very quickly. It mainly consisted of very ordinary, standard souvenir shops and stalls with the sorts of things you see everywhere. I believe that Sundays are different when a more authentic flea market operates here. Hadrians’ Library, the Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora are all within easy walking distance of the square and are all included in the €30 Acropolis combo ticket. If like us, this is your first time to Athens then the ticket is really great value. It lasts for 5 days and includes entry to seven ancient sites. Entry to the Acropolis on its own is €20 and the Ancient Agora is €10 so it makes sense to buy it even if you only see one extra sight. If you don’t have it, then it’s worth noting that you can get a good view of the library from the street without entering the site. Similarly, you can see the Tower of the Winds and Gate of Athena Archegetis at the Roman Agora very well from outside. From the square, you can head off exploring in any direction: i) Pandroussou St will take you to the Cathedral ii) Ermou Street will take you to Syntagma Square, the Greek Parliament, and the Chaining of the Guards ceremony iii) Agios Theklas Street (near the A for Athens Hotel), will take you through the colourful Psirri area to 'Spice Street’ (Evripidou St) and the Central Market.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Sonya I
    London, United Kingdom96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good meeting place.
    An always busy square but more so in the evenings. The road containing the flea market in one corner has a banner to tell you that the flea market is there., I went to a few shops at the beginning and went back as they were all selling the same tourist stuff including t shirts, evil eyes etc. The square is a good meeting point and there are lots of shops and cafes in the upper corner of the square. The square itself has a few stalls that were selling fresh fruit and musicians/ buskers were entertaining the crowds. One of the metro exits opens onto the square so you really can't get lost.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 7, 2024
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles32 reviews
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
PROS
* Famous and busy lively urban central place
* Many shops, stores, bars, cafes and restaurants
* Central metro station in the middle

CONS
Crowded and noisy

"I VISTED THIS PLACE"...
... and wandered through it a number of times during our long weekend in Athens. It is bust and loud and bright and crowded and noisy- authentic in that way, but full of tourist stuff too.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
If and when I re-visit Athens- sure

ADVICE
A main tourist attraction, so be sure to see it
Written April 29, 2024
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Sonya I
London, UK96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
An always busy square but more so in the evenings. The road containing the flea market in one corner has a banner to tell you that the flea market is there., I went to a few shops at the beginning and went back as they were all selling the same tourist stuff including t shirts, evil eyes etc.
The square is a good meeting point and there are lots of shops and cafes in the upper corner of the square. The square itself has a few stalls that were selling fresh fruit and musicians/ buskers were entertaining the crowds.
One of the metro exits opens onto the square so you really can't get lost.
Written April 7, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,478 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We were here several times on our visit as this square is a crossroads. Big Metro station here and above ground lots of places to eat and drink. And then you can walk into the Plaka for more fun. Souvenir shopping as well.
Written March 30, 2024
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paulojorgem985
Lisbon27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Just to be there is an experience in itself. By night full of people full of happiness and joy. Surrounded by everything you need to take pleasure in life. And that's just a start from there oyou can go any direction ...
Written March 13, 2024
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Miloš B
Belgrade, Serbia116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I took a Greek dring, sat on cascading bench and oserved people. The atmosphere is joyful. It's a small square in center of Athens connecting people from dofferent parts of the world.
Written December 6, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Monastiraki Square is a good starting point for exploring Athens. The main attractions on the square are the Flea Market, the 10th century Church of St. Mary Pantanassa, and the Tzisdarakis Mosque.
The Flea Market is always listed as a big attraction but we didn’t spend much time here and passed through it very quickly. It mainly consisted of very ordinary, standard souvenir shops and stalls with the sorts of things you see everywhere. I believe that Sundays are different when a more authentic flea market operates here.
Hadrians’ Library, the Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora are all within easy walking distance of the square and are all included in the €30 Acropolis combo ticket. If like us, this is your first time to Athens then the ticket is really great value. It lasts for 5 days and includes entry to seven ancient sites. Entry to the Acropolis on its own is €20 and the Ancient Agora is €10 so it makes sense to buy it even if you only see one extra sight.
If you don’t have it, then it’s worth noting that you can get a good view of the library from the street without entering the site. Similarly, you can see the Tower of the Winds and Gate of Athena Archegetis at the Roman Agora very well from outside.
From the square, you can head off exploring in any direction:
i) Pandroussou St will take you to the Cathedral
ii) Ermou Street will take you to Syntagma Square, the Greek Parliament, and the Chaining of the Guards ceremony
iii) Agios Theklas Street (near the A for Athens Hotel), will take you through the colourful Psirri area to 'Spice Street’ (Evripidou St) and the Central Market.
Written December 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Monastiraki Square is a charming place to visit either intentional or only in passing, as it is outside the metro station with the same name, and the Athens flea market stretches away in two directions from this square.

The wide esplanade and the giant steplike structure where people sit make it feel welcoming.

The very old and petite monastery church at one corner adds a touch of history and serenity to the square.

The square is surrounded by the bustling flea market and other numerous shops with exotic Athenian wares, indoor and outdoor restaurants, and bars. The entrance to the Hadrian Library is at the corner of the square facing the accessible entrance to the Metro. Many of the ancient monuments of Athens are a short walk through the side streets away.

All these make the square it's a vibrant spot to explore. Such vibrancy further comes alive in the evening/night, when people generally lounge around the square, and street vendors prowl around looking for tourists and kids to buy simple exotic toys.

It was an experience to take time to appreciate the square, and of course, I sat on the "steps" to eat my takeaway dinner while taking in the sights and sounds.
Written September 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mrskrun
Larvik, Norway4,300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A popular spot in Athens Greece surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops, flea market. Monastiraki Metro station is also there which makes the area accessible wherever one is coming from. Whether airport or Piraeus port. Very lively square always full of people. Local street musicians can also be spotted in the area. Don’t miss out the rooftop restaurants and bars in the surrounding area, with magnificent view of Acropolis.
Written August 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GlobetrotterJ16
Seoul, South Korea2,035 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Monastiraki Square is fairly to find when heading down Ermou Street or exploring Plaka. A big square with restaurants, shops, a toy store, fruit stalls and so on. It is a good destination to visit and then to proceed to the Akropolis or the flea market. The flea market starts in a small alley off the square, first there are many souvenir shops and after a while a true flea market starts. The square in itself is not much of an attraction but something that is pretty much a must visit in Athens.
Written July 9, 2023
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Warby
Bicester, UK3,650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great place at the foot of the Acropolis so great views. Also next to the old town so full of shops, restaurants and bars. Great atmosphere and place to be
Written June 27, 2023
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