From history to hip hangouts, Monastiraki is one of my favorite places in Athens. conveniently located at the base of the Acropolis and with its own metro station, Monastiraki is in my mind, in the heart of Athens. There are many restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, small stores, and historical artifacts and places. Here’s a list of the best places in the area:
- Ancient Agora – located to the southwest of Monastiraki square is the famous Ancient Agora. This is where you will find tour groups (like mine), history buffs, and informed tourists. The uninterrupted views of the acropolis dotted with historical churches and greenery are some of the best sights in Athens.
- Diavlos – we take our groups to this restaurant every trip. For large groups they offer cooking classes on the second floor where you can learn to make your own Greek salad, pita, and spinach pie among other things. Ask for the saganaki with honey and sesame seeds, you won’t be disappointed.
- Just Pita – for saganaki the right way in a hurry
- Little Kook – a quirky bake shop right in the heart of the neighborhood
- Adrianou – the street that has a row of restaurants overlooking the Agora. Some of these restaurants are renowned for their view and food.
- Monastiraki flea market – A labyrinth like street with as many vendors as your heart desires
- Pandrossou Street Market – similar to the flea market but with a bit more emphasis on quality goods
- Hans and Gretel – my favorite ice cream shop in the area based off the famous fable
- Quick Pitta – my go to for a cheap and easy snack in the area
- 360 degrees rooftop – the rooftop with the hippest outdoor area overlooking the square and the acropolis
- A for Athens – the best seat in town for the sunset at the highest point in the neighborhood
- Ellyz – a cute and pink spot to grab a coffee and a picture of the adorable aesthetic inside
- Cafe “111” – a quirky and eclectic restaurant right on the main street leading to the square