Located between Monastiraki and Omonoia metro station at Athinas street, Varvakeios market is the most important market of the city. Α colourful market where you can buy meat, fish, cheese, herbs, fruits, vegetables, οil, wine – everything you want to taste from the Greek gastronomy! But most of all you can take a look at what a normal day looks like in this capital.
I always enjoy tasting olives there and making the final decision of what to buy after trying different varieties of them! I love its vibe, which is really lively. Everything is mixed there. Ethnic barber shops, shops that sell very kitsch things, groceries, hotels, Arab supermarkets, but also galleries and bars.
You can have dinner at some restaurants there! A must visit is “Ipeiros” (located inside the market) that is really famous for its soup and “patsa” or having a glass of ouzo at “Karamanlidika tou Fani”, a great delicatessen famous for its cold cuts and cheese from different places around Greece.
And if you are into ethnic food, take a look at the restaurants with food from Pakistan and India around “Theatre square”.
If you are interested in flea markets do not miss a walk at Varvakeios !
P.S. It is better to take this walk during the day. You must not visit this area late at night as the neighbourhood starts to get rough when it is getting darker.