If we had a "Top Ten Squares of Athens" list, Monastiraki Square would be number one for its weathered, cobblestone beauty and sublime position underneath the Acropolis. This top ten list of thing to do around Monastiraki will give you ample excuses to linger in one of Athens' most popular areas.
Though the whole of the neighborhood is crowded with souvenir and T shirt stalls, Saturdays are when Monastiraki gets ambushed with bargain hunters who are willing to sift through piles of personal belongings to sort the treasure from the trash. The liveliness as well as the abundance of interesting objects is what makes the Flea Market our top thing to do in Monastiraki. Should you be only interested in antiques, you can find them any day of the week spread out in the still-life photographer's paradise, Abysinnias Square. The Roman Agora and Ancient Agora are close at hand from the square, reminants of this areas longstanding tradition- roughly 3,000 years- of trade and socializing. Jump aboard the Sunshine Express stationed at Adrianou and Aiolou Streets to take it in without wearing out your shoes, especially if they're newly purchased from Melissino's Sandals and Art, the most popular maker of Greek sandals in Athens. It goes right past the bustling cafes along lower Adrianou overlooking the temple of Hephestus. Raise your hand and step off so you can order an iced coffee like the Greeks do.
Pelopida & Eolou Streets (east of the ancient agora)
Aiolou Street, Plateia Agoras
2 Aghias Theklas
Corner of Ermou