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Top Choice Taverna in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Telis

A fluorescent-lit beacon of good food and kind service on a grimy block, Telis has been serving up simplicity since 1978. There's no menu, just a set meal: a small mountain of charcoal-grilled pork chops atop chips,…
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, and in AD 49 St Paul came here to win converts to Christianit…
Top Choice Historic Site in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Roman Agora & Tower of the Winds

The most dramatic remains of the Roman Agora are at the entrance, where the well-preserved Gate of Athena Archegetis is flanked by four Doric columns. It was financed by Julius Caesar and erected sometime during the…
Top Choice Market in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Varvakios Agora

The streets around the colourful and bustling Varvakios Agora are a sensory delight. The meat and fish market fills the historic building on the eastern side, and the fruit and vegetable market is across the road. T…
Top Choice Mezedhes in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Akordeon

Slide into this charming butter-yellow house across from a church in a quiet Psyrri side street for a warm welcome by musician-chefs Pepi and Achilleas (and their spouses), who run this excellent venue for local mus…
Top Choice Taverna in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Diporto Agoras

This quirky old taverna is an Athens dining gem. There's no signage – two doors lead to a rustic cellar where there's no menu, just a few dishes that haven’t changed in years. The house speciality is revythia (chick…
Top Choice Greek in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani

At this modern-day pastomageireio – a combo tavern-deli – tables are set alongside the deli cases, and staff offer tasty morsels while you're looking at the menu. Beyond the Greek cheeses and cured meats, there's go…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Tailor Made

Arguably the best third-wave coffee operation in Athens, with its own microroastery and hand-pressed teas, this place has outdoor tables alongside the flower market. At night it turns into a happening cocktail and w…
Monument in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Tower of the Winds

This Pentelic marble tower, likely built in the 2nd century BC, is both beautiful and functional. Devised by Andronicus, a Macedonian astronomer, it is an ancient time-and-weather station. It is aligned with the fou…
Temple in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Temple of Hephaistos

On the western edge of the Ancient Agora, the Temple of Hephaistos, god of the forge, was surrounded by foundries and metalwork shops. It was one of the first buildings of Pericles' rebuilding program and is one of …