- Downtown Athens is a blur of exotic colors, smells, sounds, that seem much more like a city of the Orient than the city that birthed western culture. From dawn until dusk, workers shout their specials from the lines of stalls where you can, like it or not, know EXACTLY what your food looked like before it ended up on your plate. Go early to watch all of the cleverest cooks of the city taking the best cuts. Sit in one of the many tavernas or cafeneios in the afternoon and watch the hubub from the peace of your table. There is an excellent souvlaki place just across the street. For a surreal experience, go to the 24 hour taverna inside just before dawn and watch the meat be hung. From Monistiraki Square, facing Ermou street, go straight on Athinas and continue on, past the countless shops and kiosks selling all sorts of things from chainsaws to rubber boots to wooden ships, until you come upon some herb shops on the right. You're almost there. First comes the meat market, than the fish market. Across the street is the fruit and vegetable market. You can also buy some great cheeses, dried fruits, nuts and coffee. For vegetarians or those who would prefer to remain ignorant about what a skinned lamb looks like, just keep walking. *Ignore the map. It's wrong. Tried and tried but can't get it to recognize the address, but it is Sofokleous and Evripidou streets on Athinas.
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