This ancient passage has been built by the King Attalos in the 2 century BC and inherited its name from the king’s name. So today we know this building as the Stoa of Attalos.
In the ancient times the Stoa had twin purpose. It was the market place with a lot of different shops and the place for entertainments. I think that the Stoa of Attalos could pretend to be the first supermarket in the world.
Stoa of Attalos located near the entrance to the Agora. Today it’s very well refurbished building which hosts the Museum of the Agora inside. In the museum you can see a lot of artifacts from the ordinary life of ancient Athenians: sculptures, pottery, mosaics, etc.