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Tucked Away, Traditional Greek Food Markets …

Most visitors to Syntagma Square, even those who frequently use the metro, don’t realize that there’s a hidden exhibition hall tucked away beneath the Square and often around the holidays the room is a great place to stock up on locally produced food products.

What started as a once or twice a year food festival has blossomed into a year round traditional products and crafts market. It’s open 7 days a week and while the vendors change, there are always lots of Greek sweet and savory items, lovely jewelry and handmade clothes, and sometimes a smattering of our favorite “As seen on TV” gadgets like a pomegranate seeder or an only in Greece dolmades maker.  Opening hours are 9 AM to 9 PM. Admission is free, and there are usually lots of products to sample and buy. If you are visiting Greece, this is a great place to to pick up fun non-traditional souveniers … If you live in Greece, this is also a great place to begin your holiday shopping (and perhaps find some new favorites!)



By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!