Sights

Monastiraki is where Athens' history stacks up: on the main square is a 10th-century church (built as a monastery; hence the name) and an Ottoman-era mosque – and of course the Acropolis rises up behind both. In Psyrri there are several good contemporary art galleries, which complement the great street art.

Sleeping

This area is bursting with hotels, especially stylish little ones that make use of Psyrri's old mansion architecture. If you're planning to partake in Athens nightlife, this is the best place to be, and you won't mind that there's music everywhere till 2am (4am on weekends). Monastiraki is also very convenient if you're coming from the airport by metro. The area north of the market, closer to Omonia, has some unsavoury (though not explicitly dangerous) street life after the sun sets.

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Eating

Great food, most of it casual and good value, can be had in this area. There's a cluster of tavernas around Plateia Iroön, and loads of souvlaki options at Monastiraki. Around the public market are several excellent spots to eat, and in the market itself are a couple of basic but atmospheric places that are open 24/7.

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Drinking & Nightlife

Psyrri and Monastiraki are one long bar crawl, essentially, with Plateia Agia Irini as a major hub, and Kolokotroni (extending from the Syntagma area) also quite busy.

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Shopping

Play 'spot the district' in the small streets of Psyrri and Monastiraki, where traditional zones for specific goods still exist, now interspersed with bars and restaurants: chairs in one spot, hat shops in another, horse gear here, ropes and baskets there… Working your way north, it all culminates in Athens' main food market.

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