Plaka is a neighborhood at the foot of the Acropolis constructed on the same site as ancient residential areas.
Today it is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with beautiful neo-classical buildings.
The Plaka is divided into the Upper Plaka (Ano Plaka) and the Lower Plaka (Kato Plaka) by the main street (Adrianou Street) which runs through the neighborhood.
Many of the houses have red tile roofs and balconies dripping with flower boxes.
It is a village within a city. Tourists come here for shopping and to enjoy many good restaurants.
There are outdoor cafes, many pedestrian streets, street musicians and public squares.
Within the Plaka you can visit the Benaki Museum, the Kanellopoulos Museum, Jewish Museum, the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments and the Museum of Greek Folk Art.
You’ll find the Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds at the west end of the Plaka.
Shopping in Plaka includes both store and market shopping.
There is a second-hand flea market as well as the Sunday morning market where you can pick up antiques.