The fish market in Athens is next to the meat market, in the Agora. It covers two long aisles filled with baskets and boxes full of seafood. There are dozens of types of fish for sale. A few years ago the hygienic conditions were not at their best, and the Greek government received a slap on the wrist for the shop displays. It was ordered to improve the handling of food in the markets. The market is 100 years ago. If you go to the fish market I advise to wear shoes, walking shoes if possible, because the floor is rather wet, with a mixture of melted ice and "liquid fish". The fish stalls are a wonder as you can enjoy buying your food so close to its origin, choosing the freshest fish and varieties you want. Apart from fish, there are lots of varieties of squid and octopus, all very fresh full of ice and occasional rain water.
This large market which is not indifferent to anyone who visits. You either will love it or hate it from strong smells and raw images. The market, called Agora, is next to the street of Athens, and is divided into 4 main sectors. On one side of the street it has the largest area, the fish and seafood and meat. The meat portion extends along the corridors, which is notorious for refrigerators, windows and hanging hooks where there is any edible animal meat. It sells almost all of the animal: we will always heads, feet, hooves, organs, etc. It is also normal to see the animals without butchering, whole, and the butchers working in the middle of the aisles (watch blood splashing). Personally I love the world of gastronomy and I appreciate the food and traditions, but this was shocking.
Although it is much smaller than the markets of meat and fish, it is worth a visit. Unlike fish and meat, selling vegetables and fruits takes place outdoors. The market is grouped on a side street in front of a large building of fish and meat. All these places are around a small circular building where they sell everything from stationery to bars. These fruit and vegetable markets are always pleasant to visit. It is a way to learn more about your host country, understanding what you eat, what is grown in the fields and therefore it's costs and the risks. Obviously it is also a pleasure for the senses, as the mix of colors and smells as you stroll between boxes is amazing. Although the whole world knows it as the fruit and vegetable market, the reality is that there is also interspersed some other shops. This is the case of a large store that sells all kinds of sausages and meats, it is really hell for vegetarians. Also you can find a store that sells live animals, various types of birds and rabbits. For those who just want to buy a little something I advise to go to the various stalls selling cheeses. Feta being the best option they provide, it is delicious. This place is very recommendable for the atmosphere and the things you can fine, which as I said is not only fruit and veg.
This market is not for sensitive people, who do not like to see blood and dead animals in butchers. This Athinas street market is the great market hall of Athens and was formerly a general market, but now is the main meat and fish. The meat is hung in position, full, awaiting customers to come and ask for a piece. The market opens early in the morning, about 6:30 or 7 pm and usually closes in the early afternoon. Athinas Street also has dozens of small shops that sell nuts, spices and grain in large bags of 50 kilos. Meat and fish are in the covered market and you can hear from afar the shouts of vendors, probably saying that their product is the best and the cheapest of the hundreds available there. Overall, it's a bit cheaper than the small supermarkets, and worth a visit, if only for the environment. Some stands have olives or feta cheese vacuum packed so you can take them home easily.