The Plaka, or as it has been called, “the neighborhood of the gods”, is the oldest section of Athens. This 2,500 year old “agora” (shopping/meeting area), is definitely a “must see. The district of Plaka is a gloriously exotic labyrinth of cobble stoned alleys, winding streets and stairs lined with 19th century neo-classical houses and mansions with beautifully decorated tiled roofs. Most of them are restored accommodating museums, restaurants or shops.
Bring a camera and some hunger as the whole area is a “Kodak moment” and the food is the best of the ‘Mediterranean diet’. The Plaka district is almost completely blocked off for pedestrians and contains the famous flea market around Monastiraki Square.
Monastiraki or little Monastery, is the most visited shopping area of Athens. It is one of the most vivid and busy areas in downtown Athens with its little stalls and cornucopia of items to purchase.