Plaka
About
Wander through the narrow cobblestone alleys of this neighborhood at the foothills of the Acropolis. You'll find quaint shops selling jewelry, clothes, ceramics, and souvenirs, plus sidewalk restaurants and family-run taverns serving authentic Greek food. Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens, you’ll be able to see Roman columns, medieval churches, and ancient landmarks like the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. The area gets busy, especially during summer, so visit in the early morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds. Explore Plaka and the nearby landmarks on a guided tour of Athens—it will typically include the Acropolis, Parthenon, and other ancient temples and museums. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 3 min walk
  • Akropoli • 7 min walk
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  • Sue W
    Edmonton, Canada253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this place
    I had been there 25 years ago - my first visit to Greece. So fun, poking around the shops, and stopping for drinks and food along the way. This time it was just as great, but there were a lot more people, and quite a few Mickie Mouse people wanting money to take a photo. LOL. Didn't matter. I loved it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • MS11M22S
    United Kingdom215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous area of Athens
    Fabulous part of Athens that is bustling with bars, restaurants, shops, ice cream parlours and ancient ruins! Lovely vibe during the day and it really comes alive at night with a busier pace. All the while, when you look up, you see the commanding view of the Acropolis & Parthenon above you!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming neighborhood
    My wife and I strolled through the Plaka each day of our stay in Athens. The narrow cobblestone streets with numerous shops and restaurants are charming. The highlight is having the Acropolis and Parthenon looming above you. It is really unforgettable.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • CarolGerry
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to wander about then cool off at a local tavern with a nice cool drink . Not to be missed it Mirror Magique tavern.
    Plaka is easy to get to on the local bus from Adamantas. Cost for a single journey on the island if Milos is #2 euro. You can walk around the old town. And there are a few quaint restaurants you can sit and cool down with a cold beer 🍺
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 11, 2023
  • drpclarke
    294 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    girl time!
    Ooh! Fun tourist shopping. I say "tourist" because..well, that's what it is...don't come here looking for something unique. Great atmosphere, fun shopping, and just overall enjoyable. Leave the husbands at home and do some girl shopping!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • jackd_10
    Nahant, Massachusetts252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Neighborhood in Athens
    Charming neighborhood at the foot of the Acropolis. Streets are colorful with many shops and restaurants. Great area to just wander and enjoy the sights and sounds. Close to the palace and the impressive changing of the guard ceremony. Hotel Plaka was a perfect location for our visit.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • drAnanya
    Bengaluru, India101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mezedes, Athens
    Great food in a happening street in Plaka, Athens. We tried authentic Greek food, Dolmades, Mezze platter. We were given a complimentary sweet. This is very common in Greece to offer their speciality as a complimentary offering.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,952 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central Athens - Lively Neighbourhood
    We enjoyed walking around the narrow streets and lanes in the Plaka area. Lots of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars for you to sample. There are plenty to restaurants and cafes to choose from including cheap eats to fine dining. The area is busy with lots of people moving about. It is vibrant and fun to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Place to be at Night time
    Best Neighborhood in Athens for tourists to walk around and explore. Lots of Restaurants/Cafes, Bars and shops to enjoy, streets are fairly narrow and tourist friendly with many older world heritage style buildings in the area. I found area best at nighttime as the atmosphere is more casual and relaxed with people looking for restaurants or shopping.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Sandy C
    The Villages, Florida67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Platka Athens
    Amazing place to visit, very very busy and crowded with people and cabs and scooters. Typical shopping and restaurants, we particularly enjoyed the Pyra restaurant courtyard. Close proximity to the Acropolis and archeological museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
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Enis A
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Busy place, plenty bars, eateries and stalls that sell various products like jewellery, clothes and holiday souvenirs.
You would need a day or more to see it all but a place that is work a visit.
Written May 31, 2024
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Mark G
Dieppe, Canada497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is an old part of athens near the acropolis. Lots of restaurants and nice vibe. Couple of great restaurants located on a long row of steps. Lots of shops and rooftop restaurants.
Written May 24, 2024
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Graciela N
Kristiansand, Norway3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Don't miss a thing! Lot to see all over. Amazing places to eat, have a drink, bakeries, shopping, what you look for is there.
Written May 8, 2024
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Libby
Toronto, Canada27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Cats - beautiful cats everywhere . Wonderful shopping and views of the acropolis. Small churches, archeological digs, village of Anafiotik and superior gelatos.
Written April 28, 2024
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Maxine Banks
Saffron Walden, UK435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great part of the city to explore the small streets and numerous restaurants and bars set alongside quaint staircases that head up towards the Acropolis. Fantastic atmosphere in the evenings with lots of live music and dancing. I would highly recommend this part of the city to visitors.
Written April 28, 2024
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Ozra H
Washington DC, DC102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Plaka is the heart of Athens ! Best place to stay as a tourist . Lots of shops , restaurants , coffee shops . You can walk from Plaka to Acropolis and enjoy the beauty of the city . We really enjoyed our time
Written April 25, 2024
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LydiaMiami
Miami, FL225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Plaka is a very interesting section of Athens. There are many historical
sites within the area. The streets have many shops, restaurants and cafes. The Greek people are very friendly and helpful in this area,but you still have to watch put for street vendors.
Written April 20, 2024
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Yazan Zaid
Jerusalem, Israel54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Plaka charms with its picturesque streets, affordable shopping, and vibrant atmosphere. The friendly locals enhance the experience, making it a delightful place for visitors.
Written April 19, 2024
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Mittu T
London, UK38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Nice scenic place . But it is marketed so much for tourists. Too Mach crowd . On top of that pickpockets. If you have been to Spanish costal places , you may not be too impressed . Food is ok .
Written April 18, 2024
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Girija199
Nairobi, Kenya63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
the quaint cobbled lanes of Plaka with its vibrant atmosphere and many shops selling a plethora of things from clothes to souvenirs to jewellery and the many local restaurants and rooftop coffee shops are a must visit for any tourist visiting Athens. There is a flea market in Monestriaki which is also interesting. There is no bargaining to be done in all the shops in Plaka. The shopkeepers may offer a small discount for cash payments though.
Written April 8, 2024
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