from flea markets to organic markets in athens
One of the most fun things to do during a trip in a foreign countries for us is the visiting of markets. And believe me when I say there are many, many nice markets in Athens! Food markets, flea markets, antique markets, it actually doesn’t really matter what kind of market it is. And it’s the perfect way to get to know the city, fresh and local products and the people. And, well, who doesn’t like shopping?! ;-) That’s why we’ve listed our favourite markets in Athens for you. Varying from markets where you can stroll around all day to markets where you’d want to set your alarm for. Happy shopping!
5 x markets in athens to visit during your city trip
Varvakeios: The biggest of the markets in Athens is the Varvakeios market. It’s the market where not only the locals get their groceries, but also where the chefs get their fresh fish, nuts, vegetables and meat. The market is divided into two areas, in the indoor area you can find fresh meat and fish, and there’s even the possibility to sit at some local and traditional teeny tiny restaurants where you can order the homemade dishes. Across the indoor area you’ll see the vegetables and fruit stands. Besides fruits and vegetables this is also the place for olives, wine, nuts and sweetness.
You’ll find the market between Monastiraki and Omonia on the Athinas street, and it’s open from Monday through Saturday till 3PM.
Flea Market Monastiráki: If you’re looking for cute Greek souvenirs this flea market is the place to be. It’s pretty touristic but that doesn’t make it any less fun. You can honestly score some really great items for a small price here. Like leather sandals and backpacks, cute jewelry and lots of small musthaves for everyone back home. Make sure to visit the flea market as early as possible in order to avoid the large crowd and the heat at this market in Athens.
Ifestou, Athens, Greece
Antique and flea market: On Avyssinias Square, a large vintage/antique market is being held every Sunday, where you can literally find everything you can think of. Around 8 in the morning the market merchants have stalles their goods, the souvlaki’s are being grilled and the people have already started to drop by. Whether you’re looking for secondhand sneakers, a velvet chair, Greek paintings or handmade jewelry, you’ll find it at this market. On other days you can also go shopping for some anitques in Athens. When you’re walking through the Flea Market Monastiráki it’s definitely a must to also take a peek at one of the small side alleys that are full with small antique stores and hidden coffee spots, like TAF.
Avyssinias Square, Athens, Greece
Laiki agora: Also called the farmers’ market. Here you can expect to find lots of fresh vegetables and fruits straight from the countryside. Every neighbourhood and/or district in Athens has its own Laiki once a week, but the one in Kolonaki is different than the others. Every friday you can visit the organic market where all the products that are being sold have been locally grown. Like vegetables and fruits, but also local wines, olive oil, honey, yogurt, spices and olives.
The market is every Friday from 9AM till 1PM and can be found on the Dexamenis Square in Kolonaki
Thissio: If you’re looking for jewelry and handmade products you’d definitely have to go to the Thissio district. The beginning of this market in Athens is at the beginning of the Apostolou Pavlou street where it’s a feast to stroll around. The street has been made car-free because of the Olympics in 2004 and that hasn’t changed back since then. Now street mechants come together every day to show you their goods and to hopefully sell some as well. What can be found here? Imagine silver jewelry, old photo cameras, watches, coins, secondhand leather bags, clothes and of course many fun gadgets. Among the stands you’ll also see some artists and musicians that provide the nice atmosphere at the market.
Apostolou Pavlou, Athens, Greece
Athens Travel Tips
MORE TRAVEL TIPS ON ATHENS: Are you looking for more tips on Athens? Make sure to check out these handy lists from our extensive Athens Travel Guide with lots of more tips or pay a visit to the site visitgreece.gr for all practical information needed.
- 13 x fun things to do in Athens
- 9 x rooftop bars to watch the sunset from
- 11 x cocktail bars not to miss
- 4 x the beach beaches in the area of Athens
- 9 x cute coffee bars to get a frappé
- 5 x (foodie) markets to visit in Athens
- 14 x the best stores of Athens
- 13 x the best restaurants in Athens
THIS IS HOW YOU GET THERE: To name a few, Aegon Airlines, Transavia and KLM fly from Amsterdam to Athens. Would you like to be sure of the cheapest ticket? Then use the ticket searching engine Skyscanner.nl.
YOURLBB’S FAVOROURITE HOTELS IN ATHENS: During our last trip we’ve stayed in several nice boutique and design hotels in Athens. And good news: almost all the hotels have a rooftop bar that offer an amazing view of the city and with a little bit of luck they also have a pool there. These are some of the hotels that are guaranteed to let you have a great time:
– Electra Metropolis: a very great location, lovely pool and breakfast while enjoying the view of the Akropolis
– COCO-MAT Hotel: go to the lobby via the store and then check into your own studio with a commonly shared rooftop
– Semiramis: with an awesomely coloured pool
– New Hotel: on a mere 200m of the Syntagma Square
– A For Athens: without a doubt one of the best locations and best rooftop bars
– Twentyone: design hotel in the district Kifissia
– Periscope: modern boutique hotel in the Kolonaki area
– Athens Was: the buzzing rooftop bar alone will make you want to stay here
– Fresh Hotel: modern hotel with a beautiful rooftop pool