Monastiráki Flea Market: a passion for bargain hunting

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Monastiráki Flea Market: a passion for bargain hunting

Right out of the subway, the tone is set. Traders call out from one stand to another, while bargain hunters focus on their treasure hunt.

Bargain hunting is an attitude. You are not looking for anything in particular, but you poke about, look at a plate, a painting, or an icon for the pleasure of imagining their previous lives. Suddenly you stop because of an overwhelming fondness for a brooch, a carafe, or a belt that you did not expect, but cannot leave without.

The pleasure of going to the Monastiráki flea market lies in the discovery of other worlds, other atmospheres. Here, just out of the metro (Monastiráki station, lines 1 and 3), whose Art Deco entrance you cannot help but admire, you first find a market with vintage second-hand clothes, T-shirts, jewellery, old postcards and trinkets. It is worth lingering a while before going on to nearby Avissynias Square.

Every Sunday, another market takes place there. They sell old books, furniture, and for vinyl fans, lots of records. Tradition dictates that you lunch in one of the taverns on the square, where you can tuck into a dish from the grill while listening to Greek music.

Monastiráki Flea Market
Ifestou 2
105 55 Athens
+30 694 608 6114