Located between Monastiraki and Omonoia metro station on Athinas street, Varvakeios market is the main food market in Athens. It’s a colourful market where you can buy meat, fish, cheese, herbs, fruits, vegetables, οil, wine – anything you want to taste from the Greek gastronomy! 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. Varvakeios Market is also one of the most multi-culti place as everything is mixed there! Ethnic barber shops, shops that sell very kitsch things, groceries, hotels, Arab supermarkets.
Also at the market you can have a glass of ouzo with greek tapas at its kafeneio located inside it or if you like soups a must-visit is the famous “Epirus”.
And if you are into ethnic food, take a look at the restaurants with food from Pakistan and India around “Theatre square”. My dearest one is Pak Tikka at Sapfous street.
P.S. It is better to go on this walk during the day. You must not visit this area after the sunset as the neighbourhood starts to get rough when it is getting darker.