Monastiraki is a flea market located in old town of Athens, Greece. Monastiraki means little monastery in English. Maonastiraki flea market is where anyone can find anything from ancient times antiques to modern days fashionable items. It is considered a major tourist attraction because of the variety of shopping items it has to offer which tempts many people. The best time to visit flea market is early in the morning to avoid the afternoon crowd which gets the market really packed. It is recommended to visit the flea market on Sunday because it is considered peak time of the week where you can things for really cheap if you bargain well. Bargaining is essential in flea market and vendor will mind because they have their own ways of answering back to bargainers.
Many people visit flea market in the morning by starting it with a breakfast followed by shopping then lunch followed by more shopping then dinner which ends the day. After sunset, the market’s shops usually close. Anyone who has visited the market has always found something very unique that has an everlasting memory.
There are many shops in Monastiraki flea market that sells very unique and original items. To get your shoes fixed or add rubber soles to it then visit “Stavros Melissonos”. Melissonos’s shop is famous for fixing the sandal and shoes for both ladies and men but at the same time it is known for his poetry too. Melissono will tell you poetries while fixing your show and also his poetries are taught at few universities in UK. To purchase original paintings made by different artists then visit “Zazanis Icon Shop” where the owner himself is also a painter. To purchase jewelry from of ancient times or even modern then visit Byzantino. Byzantino has an enormous collection of jewelry that no other shop does in the flea market. You can find Greek shop holders selling watches of ancient times. You can also find very unusual things at the flea market such as; the owner of a toy shop smoking a cigarette while doing business; a very old man with an angry look on the face selling comic books; or an old woman selling cigarette lighters. At the flea market you can find items such as cell phones, usable cheap books that you can also browse through; socks for very cheap; browse at antique pistols and binoculars; cassette player of ancient times that still works; sport items that include tennis rackets and hiking shoes; and antique item spread all around on the floor at shops but you can end up finding something unique and special.
When visiting flea market; visit early morning and stop by a café for a good breakfast and coffee. During the afternoon time the cafes are usually busy. The specialty about cafes and restaurants of flea market is that they have musicians playing old music of ancient times or even singing very old songs which can entertain many people.