Area of Athens
This is a picturesque area in the centre of the city very close to Monastiraki Square. It has a strong local colour, not so touristy like the Plaka but unique in its style. When you get there you think the place has been bombed old houses ready to fall apart while others have been beautifully renovated and been turned into trendy places that attract the Athenians so much. Old traditional tavernas, most with live music, where you can see people standing up spontaneously to dance so you enjoy something so original without having to watch some tourist program set up for you . You can reach it either on foot from the Syntagma Square or from two metro station The theisseion or the Monastiraki metro station
Omonia situated around the Omonia square to the north of the city is a particularly unappealing area. It is the main location for drug dealers, drug addicts and prostitutes. In many of the open areas you will find all of the above loitering around the area at any time of day which does not make for a good location. Definitely one to avoid for your accommodation, in particular if travelling with children.
However, just south of Omonia Square, on the way to the market, are some of the liveliest and most fun small bars in Athens.
A central area near many of the major sights, it is a mix of well tended and decrepit buildings. Overall though a pleasant location with good range of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and facilities and right in the heart of the action an ideal base for exploring Athens. Venture a little further off the tourist path, and you will discover amazing stalls selling all kinds of antiques and random junk.