Plaka

Athens
Plaka showing dining out, street scenes and night scenes

Take a few hours to explore this central Athens suburb that is home to shops, restaurants and ancient Greek landmarks.

Explore Plaka and find delightful shopping and dining opportunities close to several ancient landmarks. Known locally as the “Neighbourhood of the Gods”, this historic district was the site of Athens' first residential area.

The suburb is crossed by a labyrinthine network of paths and alleyways. Wander on foot along Adrianou Street, the area's main thoroughfare, for easy access to its many attractions. Take a chance on one of many side streets to find rustic art galleries and quaint boutiques alongside bars, cafés and restaurants.

Restaurants in the area have a penchant for outdoor dining. Take a seat on a terrace and enjoy a meal while you watch the crowds pass. Cuisine served is usually mezedes, a tapas-style selection of traditional dishes. Combine your meal with a glass of iced ouzo, a Greek liquor made from aniseed. Alternatively, take a cool drink on the road and spot street performers showing off their tricks.

Within this district, you'll find a number of old Athenian sites. Stop by the Ancient Agora of Athens, Monastiraki Square, the Library of Adrianos or the Tower of the Winds.

Amongst historic landmarks, you can see the artefacts of the ages at the Jewish Museum of Greece, the Museum of Greek Folk Art and the Athens University Museum. Wander uphill to Anafiotika, an inner district of Plaka that sits on the slopes of the Acropolis. Standing out from its surrounds, this otherworldly area features ancient Cycladic architecture and tumbling purple bougainvillea.

Get to Plaka by train to Monastiraki station. This public transport service is cheap and well connected, meaning you can pass through Plaka as an interchange to other destinations in Athens. Plaka draws crowds at any time of day, but is particularly special in the afternoons when the setting sun bathes the area in romantic light.


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Plaka Hotel
Plaka Hotel
3 out of 5
7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$175 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ancient Agora of Athens and Hellenic Parliament. Acropolis ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)
"Overall , this is decent for a 1-2 night stay if you are trying to transfer between islands. I will write the pros & cons. The pros are that the LOCATION IS PERFECT. It is conveniently in the center of everything , which is why I chose it. It’s surrounded by many food options , and stores if you ..."

Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2021

Plaka Hotel
Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$285 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Adrianou Street, Acropolis Museum and Monastiraki Flea Market. Ancient Agora of ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (946 reviews)
"This was a great property and the breakfast area has a spectacular view. The lobby, pool and common areas were really lovely and there is a view of the Acropolis from the pool. Our room was a little dated and not with a nice view but I believe I could have picked a more upgraded room. The cost of ..."

Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2021

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Ergon House
Ergon House
4 out of 5
23 Mitropoleos, Athens
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The price is AU$278 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ermou Street and Monastiraki Flea Market. Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora of Athens ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (212 reviews)
"I loved that this property had a restaurant and mini store."

Reviewed on 10 Sep. 2021

Ergon House
Palladian Home
Palladian Home
4 out of 5
Farmaki 2 & Kidathineon, Athens
The price is AU$181 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Athens City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Hellenic Children’s Museum and Acropolis Museum. Monastiraki Flea Market and Ancient ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (610 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2021

Palladian Home
Central Athens Hotel
Central Athens Hotel
3 out of 5
Apollonos 21, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$179 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adrianou Street, Monastiraki Flea Market and Roman Agora. Acropolis Museum and Ancient ...
4.2/5Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Great place to stay."

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

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Home & Poetry
Home & Poetry
4 out of 5
Lusikratous 10, Athens
The price is AU$200 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, Greek Evangelical Church and Arch of Hadrian. Temple of Olympian ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (543 reviews)
"A very nice boutique hotel in a great location. Breakfast on the roof was marvelous. Staff was very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 23 Aug. 2021

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