The only reason travellers – even the residents of Athens – visit Piraeus is to take a boat and travel to the islands. But as I grew up at Piraeus I really love its special neighbourhood and mostly its open air flea market ! Located really close to the central station it’s worth a visit.
Everything can be found there, from herbs to exotic fish that are imported from Iceland, colourful vegetables and fruit. You can also enjoy a lunch at its restaurants hidden in the hall – mostly they serve great meals full of meat. The ideal time: a Saturday morning.
The best way to end your walk at this flea market is to visit the port of Piraeus that is opposite the market. There are some nice “kafeneia” (the definition of traditional Greek cafes) where you can enjoy a glass of ouzo while gazing at the huge boats that are ready to sail.
Take the “Green line” of the metro and stop at Piraeus and start wandering around its vivid streets!