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The beautiful, historical neighborhood of Plaka, located under the Acropolis, is largely residential. Still, its assortment of restaurants and cafes keep it swarming with tourists each summer. You can also shop, especially if you're looking to bring home some gold jewelry.

Motor vehicles are not permitted on this neighborhood's winding streets, so make sure you have a street map and a comfortable pair of shoes. Visitors say Plaka offers a charming atmosphere and plenty of great shops for both souvenirs and one-of-a-kind finds. If you'd rather sip a drink once the sun goes down, travelers suggest visiting one (or several) of the area's vibrant clubs or bars.

Plaka sits within walking distance of the Acropoli, Sygrou - Fix, Monastiraki and Syntagma metro stations, and street parking is limited but available. Hours and fees vary by shop, restaurant, club and bar, but the neighborhood itself is free to visit 24 hours a day. Expect some shopping and dining establishments to be closed between June and August when locals head to nearby beach communities for the summer.

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#1 Acropolis Museum

As its name suggests, the Acropolis Museum – which resides in central Athens' Makrigianni district – houses various archaeological findings from the Acropolis. Key exhibits include a relief of Athena Nike, several carved statues from Erechtheion and a gallery with various Parthenon artifacts.

Many previous travelers said the Acropolis Museum was one of the best museums they'd ever visited, citing the property's displays as the perfect complement to the Acropolis' ruins. Another plus: the museum's design. Several visitors raved about the attraction's construction, especially its glass floors that offer a peek at the ruins situated beneath the building.

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