Places of Interest nearby
Location address: Greece, Athens, Ifestou
Number of texts: 6
A new trend I noticed since 2011-2013 is the increase in bicycle shops in Athens. There is even a bog on in the Flea Market. Before there we bicycle shops, but in general bicycles were considered as a toy for kids. That is changing now rapidly. The roads are still very unsafe to cycle in Greece but you see on many places already efforts to design cycling paths along the roads. Most of the time still in the richer areas of and around Athens, rather than in the poor area. So I’m not so sure the cycling hype is ciris related or more trend related linked to the expat-Greeks coming home and bringing that habit with them.
The Monasteraki Flea Market became much more up-market the last 10 years. At the eastern border of the market, you still get to see the old style shops. There is still a specific area specialised in furniture, but it is diminishing fast. Nevertheless, the Monasteraki Flea Market is a must to do when you visit Athens.
A classic souvenir to by from Greece is the board game “Tavli”, a very popular game in the Mediterranean world. But before you play against a Greek, practice first a little bit. Or you might risk that he makes all the moves for you. In the Flea Market of Monasteraki are plenty of shops providing this game.
Local products as a souvenir from Greece is not exactly a new trend, but handmade products made from olive wood is. The wooden bowls are fantastic but a bit steep in price.
Second hand books are a classic ingredient for flea markets. So you will also find them in the Monasteraki Flea Market.
The Monasteraki Flea Market