Monastraki Flea Market
Monastraki Flea Market
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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
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  • GlobetrotterJ16
    Seoul, South Korea2,038 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More souvenir than flea market
    One can start at Monastraki Square and goes down an alley, however first come a lot of souvenir shops and only later the real flea market starts. The souvenir shops pretty much have all the same things, postcards, magnets and so on, the usual touristy stuff. So if you need any souvenirs, a good place to get them. After a while one reaches the flea market which is mainly on the sides of the alley and at the one or other smaller square or intersection. On the flea market everything is available, from clothing to records to books to furniture and so on. For bargain or antique hunters probably a good place to look around. There are also lots of cafes and restaurants along the way and it is a nice stroll, so even if not interested in souvenirs or flea market stuff a good way to spend some time in Athens.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • elchaco
    Houston, Texas1,005 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Little Shopping Area
    After walking around all of the ancient sites, we walked back to our hotel through this flea market. It's what you'd expect, souvenirs, clothes, art, and other miscellaneous items. It's worth it if you have time to kill or if you're looking for random little things to take back home.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Mobile07850097538
    Santa Cruz, California13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many things to look at and buy right alongside thousands of years of history!
    I love good shopping and this flea market is among my favorite markets I've ever attended. It's a combination of new items as well as old. There are pockets where people display antiques at fun, negotiable prices (see my pics). And you can also buy souvenirs or newer items here. It's quite extensive and runs along some very interesting ruins like (I think it was) Hadrian's Library so it's a very Athens experience. It's conveniently all day on Sunday. I wish I lived closer because I'd attend on a frequent basis if it were nearby. It's right at the subway station, making it very convenient from all over town. Spend an hour or five : )
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 November 2023
  • lexmiller
    Burlington, Massachusetts1,121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunday Flea Market, love the stands and booths and blankets with wares
    If you're in Athens for days and days, and you've gone to ALLLLL of the primary must-see sites, all the museums, all of the ruins - then if it happens to be a Sunday, go to this flea market! It's tons of fun - special booths and blankets set up for you to rummage through and rummage some more! I think some mistake this flea market for the general area of Monastiraki, which is not the same......there are lots of brick and mortar souvenir shops in the area, but don't mistake those for the flea market, where vendors come and lay out their blankets and lay out their wares. We spent several fun hours here, back alleys, squares, lots to see and well, rummage through! Have fun!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Happybrook
    12 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Row of souvenir stores
    This is not really a flea market - at least not on weekdays when we were there. It’s a long line of souvenir shops with predictable and tacky stuff probably all from China. Some nicer stores but mostly just more of the same things. In a small section we did find some antique stores and I was able to purchase a nice brass knocker and some other little things.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 February 2024
  • Lazaro M
    Miami Beach, Florida116 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Flea Market
    A Tourist Trap but worth walking through to buy souvenirs and other items to bring home. This is a walking flea market and Hadrian's Library, Ancient Agora and Temple of Hephaestus are all in this Square. Worth seeing. Right off Ermou Street. The attractions cost to enter and didn't seem worth it, you can easily just take pictures through the fences.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 April 2024
  • happyonthebeach_11
    Columbia City, Indiana170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Variety!
    The flea markets has lots of shops! We were able to shop for souvenirs for the Grandkids easily all in one place. It is a cute little street with many small streets off to each side. You can find just about anything in the area. We enjoyed just looking. You do have to watch prices- otherwise, don’t grab items at the first place you come to. Walk the street and then go back to the places that were less expensive. They carry a lot of the same items and the prices vary from store to store. We saw small items range from 80 cents to $1.50. Bracelets from $1 to $5 and these were for the exact same item! Still a great area to shop!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2024
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happyonthebeach_11
Columbia City, IN170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The flea markets has lots of shops! We were able to shop for souvenirs for the Grandkids easily all in one place. It is a cute little street with many small streets off to each side. You can find just about anything in the area. We enjoyed just looking. You do have to watch prices- otherwise, don’t grab items at the first place you come to. Walk the street and then go back to the places that were less expensive. They carry a lot of the same items and the prices vary from store to store. We saw small items range from 80 cents to $1.50. Bracelets from $1 to $5 and these were for the exact same item! Still a great area to shop!
Written 30 April 2024
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Lazaro M
Miami Beach, FL116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A Tourist Trap but worth walking through to buy souvenirs and other items to bring home. This is a walking flea market and Hadrian's Library, Ancient Agora and Temple of Hephaestus are all in this Square. Worth seeing. Right off Ermou Street. The attractions cost to enter and didn't seem worth it, you can easily just take pictures through the fences.
Written 20 April 2024
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Yazan Zaid
Jerusalem, Israel54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Affordable finds and a true local vibe. Conveniently situated near the metro, it's an ideal spot for souvenir shopping.
Written 19 April 2024
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viajera464
Mount Pleasant, SC93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great fun shopping for linen clothes,souvenirs, leather goods
Everything from scarves to belts to dresses to jewelry , really fun, like a treasure hunt. Vendors were very nice and not pushy !
Written 11 April 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An interesting market for shopping for locally-produced goods and for various souvenirs, some at very low prices. Can be busy and crowded.
Written 29 March 2024
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Pete S
L1,756 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you want an antique/ quirky flea market go to the Flea Market at "Pl Avissinias" or if you want cheap imported souvenirs mostly from China then go to Monistiraki Square and try the glitzy/ well lit shops- watch you pockets!!
Written 7 March 2024
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Happybrook
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is not really a flea market - at least not on weekdays when we were there. It’s a long line of souvenir shops with predictable and tacky stuff probably all from China. Some nicer stores but mostly just more of the same things. In a small section we did find some antique stores and I was able to purchase a nice brass knocker and some other little things.
Written 24 February 2024
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.

lexmiller
Burlington, MA1,121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
If you're in Athens for days and days, and you've gone to ALLLLL of the primary must-see sites, all the museums, all of the ruins - then if it happens to be a Sunday, go to this flea market! It's tons of fun - special booths and blankets set up for you to rummage through and rummage some more! I think some mistake this flea market for the general area of Monastiraki, which is not the same......there are lots of brick and mortar souvenir shops in the area, but don't mistake those for the flea market, where vendors come and lay out their blankets and lay out their wares. We spent several fun hours here, back alleys, squares, lots to see and well, rummage through! Have fun!
Written 25 November 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.

Mobile07850097538
Santa Cruz, CA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I love good shopping and this flea market is among my favorite markets I've ever attended. It's a combination of new items as well as old. There are pockets where people display antiques at fun, negotiable prices (see my pics). And you can also buy souvenirs or newer items here. It's quite extensive and runs along some very interesting ruins like (I think it was) Hadrian's Library so it's a very Athens experience. It's conveniently all day on Sunday. I wish I lived closer because I'd attend on a frequent basis if it were nearby. It's right at the subway station, making it very convenient from all over town. Spend an hour or five : )
Written 3 November 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,677 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The ‘Flea Market’ was a real let-down. If you’re expecting a colourful street market where you might hunt through trinkets and vintage treasures for something a bit different, then you will be disappointed.
All we found was an alley full of pretty standard shops, most of which were souvenir shops selling the sorts of souvenirs that cater to mass tourism.
There were clothing and shoe shops in the mix as well but these were also chain shops, selling ordinary brands that you could buy anywhere.
I kept thinking I must be mis-reading the map and was in the wrong area but I wasn’t. Perhaps there were some interesting things in there but I wasn’t inspired to look.
As we got closer to the Ancient Agora end, we saw a couple of stalls with books and bric-a-brac that looked had a more authentic flea market vibe but it was only a couple of stalls in total.
I've since heard that Sunday is the day to find more of a flea market thing happening but we weren't in Athens on the weekend.
Overall Monastiraki Square is a really interesting area with lots of other things to see including the Tzistarakis Mosque & Hadrian’s library, so it's absolutely not a wasted journey. If you have kids with some holiday money that’s burning a hole in their pocket, then the ‘flea market’ shops might be a good place to bring them. Just don’t expect anything out of the ordinary.
Written 3 November 2023
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