Going to the market in Athens

Whenever I’m in a foreign city I visit the local market.. I love to browse the stalls and see how differently they display their produce and goods. I feel that the markets are the best places to go to really blend in with local life. Here’s where you see the residents shop, you can smell and taste local food, and really dig into the culture.

In Athens there are several markets, but since I stayed at the Fresh Hotel and the Grecotel Pallas Athena, the nearest market (only a few steps away) was the Varvakios Agora, the Athens central market. It is a feast for your eyes to see the piles of different olives, Greek spices and herbs, and fresh sausages. The produce is neatly stacked in symmetrical rows. On the opposite side of the stalls there are several antique and thrift shops. The market stretches across the street into a huge hall where they have meat and fish. To get there, take the metro to Omnia or Monastiraki. And don’t leave without at least buying some delicious olives!IMG_1704 IMG_1706IMG_1702 IMG_1708 IMG_1709 IMG_1712 IMG_1713 IMG_1714 IMG_1716 IMG_1718 IMG_1720 IMG_1725

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  1. Cool choices the Fresh Hotel with its great rooftop view on the Akropolis, especially at night with a nice glass. I also enjoyed the breakfasts there with nice modern Greek influence. But the central market hall really beats everything. I have never been in a place where there are so many butchers next to each other. And the fish section in the midlle was incredible as well.
    You mad great pictures, and here is my take: http://askan.biz/2014/07/08/central-market-athens-greece/

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