Sights

This area is a grab bag: ancient monuments pop up on corners, Byzantine churches literally block traffic, niche museums educate and entertain.

Sleeping

Plaka is the prime spot to sleep in Athens, as it's both scenic and close to the big sights – but check if there's an outdoor taverna near wherever you're considering, as they can be loud well into the night. Also, rooms here are often on the small side, so if you need space, consider some of Syntagma's more modern hotels.

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Eating

Because Plaka is so full of tourists, there are more average restaurants than amazing ones. The one consolation is that even the biggest apparent tourist traps have decent food and aren't atrociously expensive (do confirm how much your whole fish is going to cost, though). There are also good cheap-ish options nearly everywhere.

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Drinking & Nightlife

After all the shops close around Syntagma, some excellent bars open. The best are on the small side, with obsessive bartenders, good music and a sharp-dressed crowd. Koloktroni and Praxitelous are two main strips. In Plaka, there is exactly one true bar, but plenty of cafes.

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Shopping

Plaka's Adrianou St is lined with souvenir shops – many generic, but an increasing number stocking interesting new designs. Ermou St was Athens' first modern street of shops, named for Hermes, god of commerce (among other things); nearly every Greek town has an Ermou St. Now it's a strip of mostly chain shops – but nice to stroll because it's car-free.

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