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Plaka
Plaka

Plaka

69 reviews
Sights and Museums, Neighbourhood
Ranked #5 in Athens things to do
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A tour around Plaka: http://www.athensattica.gr/en/you-are-here/don-t-miss/routes/a-tour-around-plaka

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Wellesley

Many great restaurants here, but it can be very touristy. If looking for more authentic/affordable experience, try other neighborhoods.

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Platistomo

Pláka (Greek: Πλάκα) is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.

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Jakarta

I really like this part of Athens as I could explore many small shops and small restaurants and cafes.

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Local from Athens

Perfect place for souvenirs, local food, and appreciate the beauty of a quiet touristic area right in the center of anciet Athens with its traditional buildings.

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Local from Athens

Pláka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture.
Plaka is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists around the year and is under strict zoning and conservation regulations, as the only neighborhood in Athens where all utilities (water, power, cable television, telephone, internet, and sewage) lie underground in fully accessible, custom-made tunneling.

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Local from Athens

A tour around Plaka: http://www.athensattica.gr/en/you-are-here/don-t-miss/routes/a-tour-around-plaka

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Moscow

I was really in love in Plaka... so artistic area which is ful of light, sun and creative athmosphere. Little caffes, fresh coffe that drives u mad (Ellin's coffe is something incredible), healthy food, souveniars, flowers, paintes, mucisins - all these thinga are Plaka

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Foster City

Plaka is a tourist friendly area to stay in Athens. From Syntagma Square, you can walk south and you will be in Plaka area where the narrow old streets are. its cheaper to stay in this area with lots of hotels and good restaurants tucked away.

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Hatfield

Basically you have to go if you're in Athens. It feels authentic! Great shops and cafes! Please please please also take the time to just get lost in this part of Athens because it's amazing. Also if you're there you have to go to Anafiotika which is right under the walls of the Acropolis! It's the blue and white architecture I know you're dying to see (photo attached from there)! My fav experience in Athens for sure. Totally off the beaten tourist track!

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Berlin

Run down area full of restaurants, shops, crumbling buildings and hidden ruins. Great place to find both amazing and horrible restaurants with easy access to the Acropolis and Agora.

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Rochester

I think we were just on the outskirts of the Plaka and didn't go exploring very much of it, there are some interesting shops and restaurants in this area of Athens.

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Lima

This is the place to be to experience classic Athens. Many shops and restaurants will keep you entertained, it's a great sight and a great place for a stroll!

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Huntington Beach
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This is where every tourist ends up.
Plaka is what foreigners think of when they remember Greece.
It is full of restaurants and cafes.Has museums and loads of restaurants.
I would encourage you to maybe look at restaurants on the fringe of Plaka.
You will find that the food is better and less expensive.
A "must see" is the neighborhood of Anafiotika.
Nicknamed "The Island of Athens" it is located under the Acropolis and over Plaka.
You will need a map and you'll have to ask for directions several times to find it.
When you do encounter this charming neighborhood, you will forget that you are in a city of 4,000,000.

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Local from Athens

Although very expensive, however a totally historical, picturesque place, full of culture.

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Local from Athens

A traditional, colorful and picturesque just a few minutes away from the city center. A beautiful neighborhood which lets you forget that you are in Athens and feels like you are in a Greek Island or something.

Pay it a visit and enjoy a coffee or your lunch in the packed narrow streets.

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Doha

if you go to Athens without going to Plaka that means you have never been in Athens

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Local from Athens

walk through the area, and you will find multiple restaurants, traditional greek "tavernas", cafes, bars and shops. perfect for an afternoon or evening walk in athens.

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San Francisco
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I liked the Plaka area more than downtown, from what little I've seen of both. It's full of shops and restaurants, and the Acropolis and Acropolis museum are nearby. It's a great place to spend an afternoon after visiting nearby historic attractions.

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If you only have a few days in Athens, I would recommend staying in the Plaka area of Athens. It's close to all the major sites, shopping and restaurants. It is more expensive than other areas for accommodation but we felt very safe and we could walk everywhere. And because it's so close to the train line, you can walk to it do take the train to the airport or the port.

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The old town of Athens. Definitely worth a visit!

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