Top things to do in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Top Choice Historic Site in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Ancient Agora

The Agora was ancient Athens' heart, the lively hub of administrative, commercial, political and social activity. Socrates expounded his philosophy here; in AD 49 St Paul came here to win converts to Christianity. T…
Top Choice Historic Site in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Roman Agora

This was the city’s market area under Roman rule, and it occupied a much larger area than the current site borders. You can see a lot from outside the fence, but it's worth going in for a closer look at the well-pre…
Top Choice Market in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Varvakios Agora

A wonderful sight in its own right, this huge old wrought-iron market hall is dedicated to fish and meat, especially row upon row of lamb carcasses, hanging in just-barely EU-compliant glass cases. Tavernas within t…
Top Choice Taverna in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Diporto Agoras

This charming old taverna is an Athens gem. There's no signage – look for two sets of doors leading to a rustic cellar. There's no printed menu, just a few dishes that haven’t changed in years. Order the house speci…
Top Choice Greek in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Karamanlidika tou Fani

At this modern-day pastomageireio (combo tavern-deli) tables are set alongside the deli cases, and staff offer complimentary tasty morsels while you're looking at the menu. Beyond the Greek cheeses and cured meats, …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Shedia

Meaning 'raft', Shedia is Greece's version of street-vendor magazines such as the Big Issue. Unsold copies are now being upcycled into an appealing range of homewares and accessories including papier-mâché lampshade…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Noel

One of the best of Athens' breed of maximalist-designed cafe-bars, Noel's slogan is 'where it's always Christmas' – meaning the candlelit cocktail-party kind of Christmas, no Santa suits required. Under softly glimm…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Couleur Locale

Look for the entrance to this rooftop bar down a narrow pedestrian lane, then inside the arcade. From there, an elevator goes to the 3rd floor and its lively all-day bar-restaurant. It's a go-to spot for Athenians w…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Six d.o.g.s.

The core of this super-creative events space is a rustic, multilevel back garden, a great place for quiet daytime chats over coffee or a relaxed drink. From there, you can head in to one of several adjoining buildin…
Top Choice Seafood in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Atlantikos

Tucked down a little lane, this small, hip fish restaurant is easy to miss – look for happy people chatting over heaps of shrimp shells. The atmosphere is simple and casual, with low prices to match – but there's ex…