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Byzantine churches, crumbling ruins, modern architecture, intense nightlife and the stunning sea — this is the essence of Thessaloniki. The second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki combines more than 2,300 years of history with young student population. The city is a perfect destination for urban explorers and a gateway to the prefecture of Halkidiki in the southeast, with the characteristic shape of the three 'legs' — Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos — a favorite vacation destination for locals. Pristine beaches and charming villages aplenty.
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The White Tower

The White Tower is the most iconic symbol of the city. The tower was constructed by the Ottomans sometime in the early 15th century and once guarded the eastern end of the city's sea walls. In the 19th century, this tower was used as a notorious prison. Nowadays, it is a welcoming museum of art and local history. The museum offers a rapid lesson in the history of the city. Ideally, you'll take in this well-dosed overview before continuing to the more specialized museums and archeological sites. For best results, grab the free audio guide at the entrance. The last floor of the tower gives you a wonderful view of the city.
Adresse: 2 Stratou Avenue, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2313 306 400
Åpningstider: Daily 8am–8pm. Winter season and holiday hours may differ
Billetter: Main ticket: 8 Euro. 1st November — 31st March Ticket: 4 Euro
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Waterfront and Boat Rides

Thessaloniki's waterfront is a long boardwalk that stretches about 4.5 km, all the way from the First Pier to the Thessaloniki Concert Hall. Enjoy a stroll, a jog or a a bike ride, ideally in the morning or closer to sunset. You'll make your way past the Ladadika district, the White Tower and Alexander the Great statue, parks, gardens and sports facilities. Ornate boat tours departing from around the White Tower give you an opportunity to see the city from a new angle.
Adresse: Leof. Nikis, Thessaloniki
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Ladadika Quarter

The narrow pavements and neoclassical buildings of Ladadika host plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and cute boutiques. The area from Salaminos street to YMCA Park is known as Ladadika Quarter. This is an old quarter that starts at the waterfront and goes a few blocks inland up to Tsimiski Avenue that is busy with international and local brand shops. The north-western part of the area, closer to the First Pier, is a bit more subdued, with less mainstream bars and fewer shops available. As you go south-west, the area becomes more and more lively, and finally brings you to the iconic White Tower.
Adresse: Ladadika, Thessaloniki
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The Rotunda of Galerius

Unique in Greece, the Rotunda is a cylindrical building from the early 4th century AD. The mosaics inside are really impressive. The Rotunda is a massive circular structure (built in 306 AD) with a masonry core. Through its long history, it has gone through multiple periods of use and modification as a polytheist temple: a Christian basilica, a Muslim mosque, and a Christian church once again. A minaret is preserved from its use as a mosque, and ancient remains are exposed on its southern side. Some Greek publications claim it is the oldest Christian church in the world! These days, the Rotunda is primarily an archaeological site, where visitors can see some remaining Christian mosaics and feel the weight of history.
Adresse: Ayios Yioryos Square, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 204 868
Åpningstider: Wed–Mon 8am–8pm, Tue closed
Billetter: 6 Euro
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The Ancient Agora — The Roman Forum

The Ancient Agora and the Roman Forum — two names, same place. Right in the city centre, you will find this important and fascinating archaeological site, which once was the roman heart of the ancient city. It was first built in the late 2nd century AD and was dug up by accident in the 1960s. Grab a coffee from one of the many cafes located close by and enjoy the view.
Adresse: Archaias Agoras, Thessaloniki
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The White Tower

The White Tower is the most iconic symbol of the city. The tower was constructed by the Ottomans sometime in the early 15th century and once guarded the eastern end of the city's sea walls. In the 19th century, this tower was used as a notorious prison. Nowadays, it is a welcoming museum of art and local history. The museum offers a rapid lesson in the history of the city. Ideally, you'll take in this well-dosed overview before continuing to the more specialized museums and archeological sites. For best results, grab the free audio guide at the entrance. The last floor of the tower gives you a wonderful view of the city.
Adresse: 2 Stratou Avenue, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2313 306 400
Åpningstider: Daily 8am–8pm. Winter season and holiday hours may differ
Billetter: Main ticket: 8 Euro. 1st November — 31st March Ticket: 4 Euro
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Explore the Halkidiki Region

The region of Halkidiki lies southeast from Thessaloniki. It is known for its jutting peninsulas, Mediterranean forests and sandy beaches in warm, sheltered bays. The region is often described as having three 'legs' — Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos peninsulas. Kassandra, the westernmost peninsula, is the most developed, offering modern resorts and nightclubs. Sithonia, also known as Longos, offers over a 100 beaches, cute villages and is a popular destination for families. Athos is an important centre of Eastern Orthodox church. It's main point of interest, Mount Athos, is home to 20 monasteries.
Adresse: Halkidiki, Central Macedonia, Greece
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Heptapyrgion of Thessalonica

While exploring the historic Ano Poli — the Old City or Upper Town — you will stumble upon the old city wall and the Heptapyrgion. It is a Byzantine and Ottoman-era fortress. You can pay to see the renovated. interior part, which used to serve as a prison in 1890–1990. It's not a must thought: enjoy your urban hike up to the monument, check out the panoramic views and sip a frappe in one of the charming cafes in the area. Edy Kulѐ or Eptapirgio (Seven Towers) is a medieval fortress with towers in the northeastern part of Thessaloniki. Despite its name, the fortress has ten towers. The fortress was built in the IX century, and some parts of it were built later. Like the White Tower, it was used as a prison from the late 19th century to 1978. Lots of history and beauty in one place, worth a look!
Adresse: Heptapyrgion, Thessaloniki
Billetter: 6 Euro for a combination ticket to see both the fortress and the Rotunda
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Waterfront and Boat Rides

Thessaloniki's waterfront is a long boardwalk that stretches about 4.5 km, all the way from the First Pier to the Thessaloniki Concert Hall. Enjoy a stroll, a jog or a a bike ride, ideally in the morning or closer to sunset. You'll make your way past the Ladadika district, the White Tower and Alexander the Great statue, parks, gardens and sports facilities. Ornate boat tours departing from around the White Tower give you an opportunity to see the city from a new angle.
Adresse: Leof. Nikis, Thessaloniki
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Mount Olympus

The mythical Mount Olympus can be seen on the horizon from the waterfront in Thessaloniki. Many visitors choose to spend a day on a trip to the ancient Dion and Mount Olympus. You'll see the Dion Archaeological Park with city ruins dating from the 6th century BC and the most important spot in Greek mythology itself. If you're looking to go on a hike, there are guides that will take you along Enipeas Gorge in the foothills of Mount Olympus with spectacular waterfalls, numerous endemic species and picnic opportunities.
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Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki presents the history of Sephardic Jews and Jewish life in the region after the 15th century. It is one of the rare Jewish buildings that survived the fire of 1917. The museum is subdivided into several sections, where you can see the photo exhibit “Thessaloniki, Sephardic Metropolis", appreciate religious artefacts and memorabilia, look at tombstones from the ancient Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki. There is also a part dedicated to the Holocaust in Thessaloniki.
Adresse: Agiou Mina 11, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 250 406
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 9am–2pm; Wed 9am–2pm / 5pm–8pm; Sun 10am–2pm; Sat closed
Billetter: 7 Euro, cash only
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Atatürk Museum

The Atatürk Museum is the birthplace of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk — "Father of the Turks", who was born here in 1881. It is a three-storey house with a courtyard, complete with original furniture. Any missing items were replaced with items from Kemal's mausoleum and from Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Naturally, the museum is very popular with visitors from Turkey. A replica of the house has been constructed in Ankara.
Adresse: Apostolou Pavlou 17, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 231 024 8452
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–5pm
Billetter: Free
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MOMus — Thessaloniki Museum of Photography

MOMus Museum of Photography is currently housed in Warehouse A at the Port of Thessaloniki, next to the Cinema Museum of Thessaloniki. The museum's mission is to collect photographs, especially historical and artistic photographs of Greece. The venue regularly holds exhibitions and events, publishes books on photography. Check MOMus website for latest exhibition details.
Adresse: Warehouse A, First Pier, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 566 716
Åpningstider: Tue–Thu, Sat & Sun 11am–7pm, Fri 11am–8pm, Mon closed
Billetter: 2 Euro
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Ladadika Quarter

The narrow pavements and neoclassical buildings of Ladadika host plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and cute boutiques. The area from Salaminos street to YMCA Park is known as Ladadika Quarter. This is an old quarter that starts at the waterfront and goes a few blocks inland up to Tsimiski Avenue that is busy with international and local brand shops. The north-western part of the area, closer to the First Pier, is a bit more subdued, with less mainstream bars and fewer shops available. As you go south-west, the area becomes more and more lively, and finally brings you to the iconic White Tower.
Adresse: Ladadika, Thessaloniki
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Markets — The Old and The New

Exploring local markets is an excellent way to discover the city's culture. Foodies will appreciate seasonal fruits and veggies, regional cheeses and street food. Additionally, you can find anything from modern necessities of life to artisanal handmade cosmetics. Here are some of the main markets you should check out: Kapani Market — the oldest open public market in Thessaloniki. Focused on Greek delicacies, traditional cafes, tavernas and bakeries. Smack in the city centre, it sprawls over several pedestrian streets and some parts are covered. Athonos Square — a spot for small traditional shops that offer spices and food products, handmade patio furniture and wicker crafts. Some jewelry, clothing and craft designer shops have sprung up in the last few years. Modiano Market — was build in the 1920s and resembles some Parisian markets. Here. you'll find traditional food items and a good selection on modern and old-fashioned tavernas. Bezesteni Market — a former Turkish bath with from the 15th century now houses housing clothing, florist and jewelry shops. You can take the stairs to the attic and have a closer look at the six domes. Worth a visit for the architectural value alone. Martiou Market — takes place every Saturday at Martiou, a neighborhood at the eastern part of the city. Fishermen bring fresh catch from the Northern Aegean and from around the Halkidiki region. Fish of all sizes, mussels and octopuses won't stay on the counters long! Come early.
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Aristotelous Square

Aristotelous Square is the most impressive square in Thessaloniki. It features buildings with monumental architecture inspired by European and colonial models, cafes, shops and restaurants. It is the focal point in big celebrations, such as the coming of the New Year, and is the de facto meeting place during the day. The history of Aristotelous Square began with the Great Fire of 1917 that destroyed two thirds of the city. French architect Ernest Hébrard designed Aristotelous Square to serve as an end of a monumental axis for Thessaloniki that would stretched from the seafront to Dikastirion Square and the Roman Forum. The final design, finally build in the 1950s, is a lot more stripped down than Hébrard's original proposal, but still has significant architectural value.
Adresse: Aristotelous square, Thessaloniki
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The Rotunda of Galerius

Unique in Greece, the Rotunda is a cylindrical building from the early 4th century AD. The mosaics inside are really impressive. The Rotunda is a massive circular structure (built in 306 AD) with a masonry core. Through its long history, it has gone through multiple periods of use and modification as a polytheist temple: a Christian basilica, a Muslim mosque, and a Christian church once again. A minaret is preserved from its use as a mosque, and ancient remains are exposed on its southern side. Some Greek publications claim it is the oldest Christian church in the world! These days, the Rotunda is primarily an archaeological site, where visitors can see some remaining Christian mosaics and feel the weight of history.
Adresse: Ayios Yioryos Square, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 204 868
Åpningstider: Wed–Mon 8am–8pm, Tue closed
Billetter: 6 Euro
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The Arch of Galerius (Kamara)

In addition to The Rotonda, this is one of the two most characteristic monuments in town. The Galerius arch is situated close. to the eastern city wall, a short distance from the Kassandreotiki gate. The 4th-century AD Roman emperor Galerius commissioned both structures to show off his power. A road used to run through the arch, past. the Rotunda and on to the palace to the southwest. The arch is composed of a masonry core faced with marble sculptural panels celebrating a victory over the seventh emperor in the Sassanid Persian Empire. About two-thirds of the arch is preserved. Colloquially, the monument in known as Kamara (Καμάρα) — that's Greek for 'arch'
Adresse: Galerius Arch, Egnatia 144, Thessaloniki
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Saint Dimitrios Church

The church of the patron saint of the town is a must see in Thessaloniki. The first church of Saint Dimitrios was built in 313 AD. Twice destroyed by fire, the most modern version was completely rebuilt in 1948 according to the original plans.
Adresse: Agiou Dimitriou, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 270 008
Åpningstider: Every day 6am - 10pm
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Museum of Byzantine Culture

In Thessaloniki, said to be the most 'Byzantine' city of the modern Greek state, you will find this unique museum showcasing everyday life during the byzantine and post-byzantine period, as well as the era's legacy in modern society. Don't miss the museum cafe after your visit!
Adresse: 2 Stratou Avenue, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2313 306 400
Åpningstider: Daily 8am–8pm
Billetter: 8 Euro. November 1 – March 31: 4 Euro
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The Archaeological Museum

Built in 1962 but newly refurbished, this museum provides numerous updated exhibitions. You can easily spend hours here, losing yourself in magical Macedonian gold artefacts and antique treasures.
Adresse: Odos Manoli Andronikou 6, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2313 310 201
Åpningstider: April 15 – November 14: daily 8am–8pm. November 15 – April 14: daily 9am–4pm
Billetter: 8 Euro. November 1 – March 31: 4 Euro
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The Ancient Agora — The Roman Forum

The Ancient Agora and the Roman Forum — two names, same place. Right in the city centre, you will find this important and fascinating archaeological site, which once was the roman heart of the ancient city. It was first built in the late 2nd century AD and was dug up by accident in the 1960s. Grab a coffee from one of the many cafes located close by and enjoy the view.
Adresse: Archaias Agoras, Thessaloniki
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Agia Sophia Church

Built as a miniature of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in the 7th century, the cathedral contains beautiful Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. Agia Sofia is one of the oldest churches in the city still standing today and is included as a World Heritage Site on the UNESCO list.
Adresse: Cathedral Church of Agia Sophia of Thessalonica, Agia Sofia Square, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 231 027 0253
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–8pm
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OTE Tower — Skyline cafe-bar

OTE Tower is a 76-metre-tall whimsical tower located within the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center. In addition to being a gleaming monument to 60s design, the tower also is home to a revolving Skyline cafe-bar. The venue operates year-round, offers coffee, signature drinks and a small selection of small bites. After dark, there is live piano music. Skyline organises special events for Christmas and New year's Eve, should you visit Thessaloniki in winter.
Adresse: Egnatia 154, Helexpo, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 265 460
Åpningstider: Mon–Thu & Sun 10am–1am, Fri & Sat 10am–2am
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Noesis — Science Center & Technology Museum

The Noesis is a welfare, non-profit cultural and educational foundation that promotes Technological Culture to kids and adults. The centre is divided into sections: the main exhibition, planetarium and simulator. Noesis caters to a diverse audience. Some will be excited by the classic cars exposition. Interactive science exhibits are a must. The Ancient Greek science hall presents a history of inventions. Visitors note that some video exhibits might be a bit too exciting for children under 5 years old.
Adresse: Thermi Road, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 483 000
Åpningstider: Tue–Sun, Mon closed. Hours vary seasonally
Billetter: Regular: 12 Euro. Family ticket deals available. Simulator and temporary exhibitions cost extra.
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Statue of Alexander The Great

Be sure to snap a selfie with Alexander III of Macedonia on a rearing horse! This modern statue of one of the most famous and influential Ancient Greeks mounted on Bucephalus, his famous horse, overlooking the Thermaic Gulf at Thessaloniki.
Adresse: Nea Paralia, Thessaloniki
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Zeitenlik

Zeitenlik is an Allied military cemetery dedicated to those who fought for freedom during the World War I. The cemetery is subdivided into French, Serbian, Italian, British Commonwealth, and Russian sections. Zeitenlik is the largest memorial park in Greece and is located about 1.5 km from the city centre of Thessaloniki.
Adresse: Langada Street, Thessaloniki
Åpningstider: Daily 8am–7pm (Probably. Official information is difficult to find)
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Pasha Gardens

The Pasha Gardens is a little-known gem near the old town of Thessaloniki. Half-demolished whimsical ruins are spread across the garden, granting it an air of mystery — it is no surprise numerous myths and fables have stemmed from here. The park's imaginative, Gaudí-esque architecture centers around an ornate fountain encircled by a tunnel leading nowhere.
Adresse: Elenis Zografou Street, Thessaloniki
Transport: Take bus number 24 to the Agios Dimitrios Hospital bus stop or just walk from the city center. The park is located behind the hospital
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Cruise to Perea and Neoi Epivates

Small cruise boats circle from the port, to the White Tower, to Neoi Epivates and to Perea beach. The ships make about 4 trips a day, and the trip from the port to Perea beach should take about 90 minutes. There are several companies on this route and their departure times differ slightly.
Billetter: 5 Euro
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Angelochori Beach

Angelochori Beach is the less mainstream option, even among local residents. Agia Triada, the Riviera Beach Bar offers plenty for a fun day (or two) by the sea. Sunbeds are free, provided you order something from the menu. Don't miss the chance to see. flamingos at the Angelochori lagoon. Angelochori is a 40-minute drive from Thessaloniki by car, or about 90 minutes by bus.
Transport: Take the 72A city bus from IKEA
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Afytos

Afytos, or Athitos, is a hilltop village of stone houses and cobbled streets overlooking the Toroneos Gulf, with a popular beach below. Macedonian restaurants and sea-view bars run along the cliffs and shore, offering visitors plenty of entertainment options between bathing and tanning. Somewhere between July and August every year Afitos Festival brings street art and live music in summer. Ceramics, fabrics, and art are shown at the Folklore Museum.
Adresse: Afytos, Halkidiki
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The Kassandra Peninsula

Kassandra, the westernmost peninsula, is the most developed, offering modern resorts and nightclubs. You can always find a party here, stay in a comfortable hotel for a hassle-free family vacation. The long sandy beaches still allow for a decent. level of privacy, though.
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The Sithonia Peninsula

Sithonia, also known as Longos, offers over a 100 beaches, cute villages and is a popular destination for families. The region is sometimes called sleepy backwater with stunning natural beauty and no crowds. There are plenty of resorts or villages to choose from, and you’re sure to love the rustic architecture and atmosphere. Sithonia offers numerous small secluded golden beaches, surrounded by trees and other vegetation. Small harbors and fishermen’s hamlets add to the peninsula’s endless charm.
Adresse: Sithonia peninsula, Halkidiki
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Mount Athos

Mount Athos is an important centre of Eastern Orthodox church. It's main point of interest, Mount Athos, is home to 20 monasteries. In the best of times, only 100 Greek Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox visitors are allowed per day, and women are strictly forbidden to set foot on the holy mount. Your best chance to see the sight is to take a cruise. Escape the crowds in Thessaloniki and take a boat ride to the rugged coast of Halkidiki for a day trip full of dramatic landscapes and photo ops. You'll see the mountainside monasteries: from the colorful Monastery of Docheiariou to the grand Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras. Of course, you can dive into the blue waters, enjoy the sea breeze and the sun.
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Full tou Meze

Smack in the centre of Thessaliniki sits Full tou Meze — a wildly popular and forever crowded restaurant. Take the opportunity to try an array of small dishes like dolmas, fresh tzatziki, spicy grilled peppers, fava and all sorts of grilled meatballs, meats, seafood and vegetables with delectable sauces. The food pairs nicely with local beer, wine or ouzo. No need to reserve a table, but you might need to wait. a bit to be seated.
Adresse: Katouni 3, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 524 700
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–midnight
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Mia Feta

Mia Feta is a cheese bar that’s all about the salty and crumbly Greek delicacy. Grab a bite right there of get a delicious bundle to go. This shop/bar combo uses ingredients delivered daily from their organic farm, giving old traditions a modern reinterpretations. Try the creamy yogurt swirled with pomegranate and linseed, bite into a black olive cookie filled with feta cream and studded with beetroot pearls. Pair exceptional Greek wines with sweet-and-sour desserts.
Adresse: Pavlou Mela 14, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 221 120
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 9am–midnight, Sun 12:30pm–midnight
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Palati

Palati is a delightful restaurant that serves traditional Greek dishes and has live music every day. The atmosphere is authentic and the service outstanding. You won't find anything too experimental here: just good old classics cooked with skill and dedication. A great place to try some ouzo, too!
Adresse: Pl. Morichovou 6, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 550 888
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Molyvos

Molyvos restaurant and meze bar is described as 'eclectic'. It is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building reminiscent of a 1900s Greek high society. Authentic Lesbos cuisine with oriental touch: try their aubergine rolls and clay pot cooked feta with tomatoes. For dessert, get honey beignets with sesame — it's a must.
Adresse: Ionos Dragoumi 31, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 555 952
Åpningstider: Daily 1pm–1:30am
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Nea Diagonios

Nea Diagonios is well-known for their gyros, soutzoukakia (a local type of meatballs). They also offer gluten free menu with special handmade cheeseburger. Enjoy your dinner with a beer from artisanal breweries like Nissos from Tinos and Donkey from Santorini. The prices are quite democratic compared to the neighbouring restaurants.
Adresse: 89 Plastira Nikolaou, Thessaloniki (Kalamaria)
Telefon: +30 2310 029 085
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rOOTS Vegetarian & Vegan Place

The vegetarian/vegan rOOTS is a cute little restaurant in the centre of Thessaloniki, near Aristotelous Square. They serve meatless versions of beloved Greek dishes as well as delightful adaptations of international cuisine. Tried the vegan gyros (seitan) — the best option for vegans who still want to have a taste of the traditional gyros. Every dish seems to have been made with Instagram in mind. Cocktails and wines are delicious, too.
Adresse: Mpalanou 4, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 268 063
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–2am
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B. Restaurant

Combine your visit at the Byzantine Museum with a meal at the upscale B. Restaurant (pronounced 'veta') or stop by in the evening to feel the romantic atmosphere over a dinner. The menu with Mediterranean dishes is changed on a regular basis and is seasonal.
Adresse: 3rd Septemvriou str. 2 (Museum of Byzantine Culture), Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 869 695
Åpningstider: Restaurant & Bar: Mon noon–5pm, Tue–Sun noon–1am; Cafe: daily 8am–8pm
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Negroponte

Negroponte is a small and cozy place serving traditional dishes and meze. Charming service, great prices and a wonderful atmosphere at a quieter end of a string of outdoor restaurants. You can participate in the nightlife without without having to raise your voice to be heard. Try their fava as a starter and enjoy beautifully cooked mains with inventive touches.
Adresse: Katouni 21, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 523 571
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 1pm–1am, Sun 1am–7pm
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Charlie D. Brasserie

The elegant European Charlie D. Brasserie right in the city centre has a great atmosphere perfect for a coffee early in the morning, a light lunch mid-day, a gourmet dinner in the evening or delicious cocktails in the middle of the night.
Adresse: 10 Komninon Street, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 021 010
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–midnight
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Rodi & Meli

Rodi & Meli is a rustic family-owned restaurant in Ladadika district. Their specialty is fish and seafood. A perfect venue for fine dining at a reasonable price. The chefs cooks traditional Greek dishes with passion. Try their tuna fillet, gavros fish and creatively served calamari.
Adresse: Egiptou 5, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 521 952
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 1pm–midnight, Sun 1pm–6pm
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Frutti di Mare

Frutti di Mare is a seafood restaurant close to the Aristotelous Square, nestled across from the Turkish hamma. Great staff, exceptional food and trendy interior come together to create a special evening or lunch date.
Adresse: 20 Komninon Street, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 239 100
Åpningstider: Daily noon–midnight
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Tiganies & Sxares

Tiganies & Sxares serves mainly grilled meat dishes. The atmosphere is Greek and the staff is very friendly. The restaurant offers a great balance between quality and price: big portions, succulent grilled goodies and fresh salads.
Adresse: Katouni 3, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 510 284
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Takadum

Takadum is a lovely local restaurant that serves affordable, delicious Greek food and wine. real buzz around the place from early evening on there's a lively buzz around this streetcorner taverna.
Adresse: 1 Agiou Mina, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 512 079
Åpningstider: Daily noon–2am
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Prytanio

If you are in Thessaloniki and you want to get away from the crowd, this is the ideal place. Prytanio is run by a lovely couple who will make you feel right at home and will spoil you with great, simple and authentic Greek food.
Adresse: 72 Alexandras Papadopoulou, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 231 028 6356
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 12:15pm–11:30pm, Sun 12:15pm–7pm
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Firenze

If you are craving authentic Italian food — head over to Firenze. The friendly and helpful staff serves fresh pasta, risotto and pizza. End your evening with a sweet dessert and just enjoy the warm atmosphere.
Adresse: Nikolaou plastira 91, Kalamaria
Telefon: +30 2310 444 615
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Lena's Bistro

Located in the Ladadika area, this French bistro makes a perfect spot for a coffee break of an aperitivo. Take a seat outside and enjoy the vibrant city. The charm of the bistro hinges on its owner's personality: every visitor remarks how welcome they felt as Lena Tzitzika's guests.
Adresse: 7 Katouni Street, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2311 249 140
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–1am
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Trigona Elenidis

Trigona Elenidis a family owned business that’s been passed down by generations which is worth supporting. They serve a traditional Greek dessert — Trigona. It is a triangular filo-based pastry that’s dipped in syrup and filled with sweet vanilla cream. Their ice-cream is marvelous, as well. Treat yourself!
Adresse: D. Gounari 13 Street, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 257 510
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Plaisir

Plaisir is well located patisserie and cafe, right in the heart of the center of Thessaloniki. They serve excellent pastries and ice-cream, small bites and bigger plates good enough for dinner.
Adresse: Aristotelous Square 9, Mitropoleos, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 277 444
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Tabya

Tabya is a quaint cafe with a garden in a old preserved villa. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail at one of the bistro tables under the tree canopy or find a cozy spot inside the neoclassical house with eclectic mid-century modern furniture. Great place for laptop warriors, even though WiFi is not the fastest. Tabya is located opposite the university on the pedestrian Melenikou street. The entrance is easy to miss which makes it a delightful hidden gem free of crowds.
Adresse: Konstantinou Melenikou 14, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2311 242 522
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–2am
Thessaloniki

Diethnes

A beautifully decorated Greek traditional coffee shop where you can enjoy a relaxing evening with your friends. Warm atmosphere, large space. A wide selection of tee ("Tee Route") is provided. Friendly waiters and staff. It is located near Kamara, a few metres above Egnatia.
Adresse: Διεθνές, Konstantinou Melenikou 13, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 245 520
Åpningstider: Daily 8am–midnight
Thessaloniki

Art Café Théâtral

Art Café Théâtral is a cozy hidden place with a lot of character. Time slows down here, inviting you to relax with a cup of coffee, a book or maybe chatting with a group of friends. Every table gets a generous slice of chocolate cake — and the dessert is phenomenal. The interior design is quaint and is carefully designed to invoke the feeling of being in an old theater or your favourite grandma's apartment. Utterly charming.
Adresse: Tsimiski 97, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 223 331
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–midnight
Thessaloniki

Stereo

Cafe by day and a young trendy hipster bar by night, Stereo is the quiet alternative hangout for 20-somethings with exceptionally nice staff. Literally the place to be if you want to mingle with cool locals. DJ's play understated and occasionally nostalgic hits. It's casual and friendly, perfect for weekdays and weekends. Sure to become your favourite in Thessaloniki.
Adresse: Dimarchou Vamvaka 3-5, Thessaloniki
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–4am
Thessaloniki

Dentro Sto Bar

Dentro Sto Bar ia a fabulous cafe and bar with a big thre full of fairy lights and an old villa as it's home. The selection of beers is huge and the music they play is perfect. A great place for a coffee or a drink, the music is not too loud and place looks nice. Nightly events with live music usually start around 10:30 pm. Definitely one of the top 5 bars to visit in Thessaloniki.
Adresse: Δέντρο στο Bar, Leof. Vasileos Georgiou 25, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 811 885
Thessaloniki

The Hoppy Pub

This small pub is very well located near the landmark of Thessaloniki White Tower. Grab an icy draught beer — this beer bar is the ultimate place to be in Greece for beer aficionados. Knowledge, variety and atmosphere are all spot on.
Adresse: Nikiforou Foka 6, Tessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 269 203
Thessaloniki

Club Vogue

Vogue is a club and concert venue that is equal parts loud, obnoxious and mesmerizing. Definitely The go-to place for young people who are there to see and be seen. Strong industrial decor and understated luxury details create the big nightclub vibe for the thousand people in attendance. Best music acts start after midnight, obviously. If clubs are your thing — don't miss Vogue!
Adresse: 26is Oktovriou, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 231 055 0000
Thessaloniki

Stereo

Cafe by day and a young trendy hipster bar by night, Stereo is the quiet alternative hangout for 20-somethings with exceptionally nice staff. Literally the place to be if you want to mingle with cool locals. DJ's play understated and occasionally nostalgic hits. It's casual and friendly, perfect for weekdays and weekends. Sure to become your favourite in Thessaloniki.
Adresse: Dimarchou Vamvaka 3-5, Thessaloniki
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–4am
Thessaloniki

Rotunda

No, unfortunately, Rotunda does not become a bar at night. But, Take a stroll around the landmark towards the evening and you will notice plenty of cute and creative bars attracting customers. The area is at the border of Thessaloniki's university district, and all the students gravitate towards Rotunda. The bars seem to differ by age a bit, but there are no strict divisions. Just take a look around and find your crowd. Some of our favourite bars here are Tabya (in an old villa), Diethnes (trends younger), Elektron cafe (Ηλεκτρον καφέ — so stylish), To Podilato (Erasmus students) and Hippopotamus (Hello, PhD students and 60s interior!)
Adresse: Pl. Agiou Georgiou Rotonta 5, Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki

Navarinou Square — The Youth Epicentre

All the cool Tik-Tok kids with septum piercings head to Navarinou Square, just seaward from the Rotunda. You'll find bars and restaurants, tattoo parlours and alt clothing stores, cheap bites and plenty of energy. Drift around the square and find a table at one of the bars or just pass through to see appreciate the modern Greece doing their thing right next to the remains of the Palace of Galerius.
Adresse: Pl. Navarinou, Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki

Stin Taratsa rooftop bar

There is no shortage of rooftop bars in Thessaloniki. Sometimes they can be tricky to find, as is the case with Stin Taratsa. Look for a sign at the street level and head into a seemingly abandoned building. Climb the stairs all the way to the top and you'll find yourself at cute bar full of stylish and trendy locals. Music is on point and there is a projector streaming retro films. Great cocktails are a given.
Adresse: Στην ταράτσα, Valaoritou 29, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 547 443
Åpningstider: Daily 7pm–3am
Thessaloniki

Sky Bar

Have a chilly drink at the 7th floor of The Met Hotel by the 22-metre long swimming pool. Sky Bar offers a breathtaking 360° degree view of Thessaloniki so bring the camera with you and take some nice pics for the gram. This is a sophisticated bar and a great place to hang out with friends.
Adresse: 26is Oktovriou 48, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 017 000
Åpningstider: Pool bar 10am–6pm, Bar & Restaurant 8pm–midnight
Thessaloniki

OTE Tower — Skyline cafe-bar

OTE Tower is a 76-metre-tall whimsical tower located within the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center. In addition to being a gleaming monument to 60s design, the tower also is home to a revolving Skyline cafe-bar. The venue operates year-round, offers coffee, signature drinks and a small selection of small bites. After dark, there is live piano music. Skyline organises special events for Christmas and New year's Eve, should you visit Thessaloniki in winter.
Adresse: Egnatia 154, Helexpo, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 265 460
Åpningstider: Mon–Thu & Sun 10am–1am, Fri & Sat 10am–2am
Thessaloniki

Jumbo

Jumbo is the nation's largest toy retailer in Greece including baby items, stationery, seasonal products and home decor items. It’s made of joy, fun and carelessness. There are two more Jumbo stores south of Thessaloniki, close to 16 and 24 highways. If you're planning to take a. car trip to Halkidiki or to the beach, they are conveniently on you way.
Adresse: Port of Thessaloniki, 26is Oktovriou 43, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 502 800
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 9am–9pm, Sat 9am–8pm
Thessaloniki

Markets — The Old and The New

Exploring local markets is an excellent way to discover the city's culture. Foodies will appreciate seasonal fruits and veggies, regional cheeses and street food. Additionally, you can find anything from modern necessities of life to artisanal handmade cosmetics. Here are some of the main markets you should check out: Kapani Market — the oldest open public market in Thessaloniki. Focused on Greek delicacies, traditional cafes, tavernas and bakeries. Smack in the city centre, it sprawls over several pedestrian streets and some parts are covered. Athonos Square — a spot for small traditional shops that offer spices and food products, handmade patio furniture and wicker crafts. Some jewelry, clothing and craft designer shops have sprung up in the last few years. Modiano Market — was build in the 1920s and resembles some Parisian markets. Here. you'll find traditional food items and a good selection on modern and old-fashioned tavernas. Bezesteni Market — a former Turkish bath with from the 15th century now houses housing clothing, florist and jewelry shops. You can take the stairs to the attic and have a closer look at the six domes. Worth a visit for the architectural value alone. Martiou Market — takes place every Saturday at Martiou, a neighborhood at the eastern part of the city. Fishermen bring fresh catch from the Northern Aegean and from around the Halkidiki region. Fish of all sizes, mussels and octopuses won't stay on the counters long! Come early.
Thessaloniki

One Salonica Outlet Mall

One Salonica Outlet Mall offers about 60 stores with great deals. Individual travelers, fashionistas, teenagers and families can gain access to the most popular brands of designer, fashion, sports and lifestyle at prices up to 70% less than the market throughout the year.
Adresse: Kotta Roulia 10, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 545 489
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–9pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Jewellery Stores

There are plenty of gorgeous jewellery stores in Thessaloniki, selling beautiful and elegant handmade designs. Buy something for yourself as a long-lasting reminder of your trip of get a little something for your loved one back home. Most jewellery shops in Thessaloniki are located in the Ladadika area, along and around Tsimiski street. To get you started, check out Katerina Ioannidis Jewerly — great selection of modern, handmade jewellery with character, and the name carries weight, too.
Adresse: 5 Mitropolitou Iosif Street,Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 256 970
Åpningstider: Mon & Wed 10am–3pm; Tue, Thu & Fri 10am–9pm, Sat 10am–4pm, Sun by appointment
Thessaloniki

Mega Outlet

Mega Outlet consists of four levels which house 80 independent shops with fashion brands, clothes, footwear and accessories at very low prices all year round. It has all the infrastructure for people with disabilities (parking spaces, WC, easy access) as well as special treatment rooms for small kids, Cafe Bar, card phones, ATM cash withdrawals, Information Desk, as well as free internet access for their guests.
Adresse: 43 Georgikis Sholis Avenue, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 365 000
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–9pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Public

Public is a Greek chain of entertainment store. You are welcome to drop buy and try out what's on offers even if you don't end up buying anything. See how you like the new gaming hardware, play new titles and meet other gamers at events and competitions. It is located in main street Tsimiski.
Adresse: Tsimiski 24 – Mitropoleos 33, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 231 022 7288
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 9am–9pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Mediterranean Cosmos

Mediterranean Cosmos is a well-organized mall with colour-coordinated aisles, a wide variety of shops and a food court offering an extended selection of food, drinks and snacks. After shopping, treat yourself to a cinema visit. There's also small river outdoors next to the amphitheatre, where you can enjoy an iced. drink from one of the many cafes.
Adresse: 11th km National Road Thessaloniki-N.Moudania
Telefon: +30 231 048 9571
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–9pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Notos Galleries

Notos Galleries is one of the largest department stores in Greece. Here you will find big brand clothing, footwear and everything when it comes to beauty. After your shopping, relax on the 7th floor food court.
Adresse: 24 Tsimiski & 31 Mitropoleos, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 366 600
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–9pm, Sat 10am–7pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Attica Department Stores

Attica is another large and fashionable department store in Greece. Combines upscale international designers with popular Greek brands. You can find a great collections of fashion, accessories and beauty.
Adresse: 48-50 Tsimiski street, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2311 819 000
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–9pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Hondos Center

Hondos Center is a beauty retail market that has been attracting shoppers since 1967. Prices are on the higher side but it has a very wide selection of products. Fragrances, make up, skin care: you name it — they have it.
Adresse: Aristotelous 9, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 256 080
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–9pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Kanellopoulos

Department stores Kanellopulos welcome you in the fashion world, where you will experience excellent shopping and meet friendly staff. The variety of products are great and offer something for men, women, and children. Get their membership card for extra discounts. Their store on the central Tsimiski street is 7 storeys tall!
Adresse: 55 Tsimiski Ioanni Street, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 240 240
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–9pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Praktiker Hellas

You never when the urge to Do It Yourself will strike — and Praktiker is happy to give you a hand. Houses wares, construction, garden, car and leisure. Get some inflatables and a parasol for your time at the beach, and maybe a small grill while you're at it.
Adresse: Marinou Antipa, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 211 100 1122
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 8am–9pm Sat 8am–8pm, Sun closed
Thessaloniki

Efishop

Efishop is a family business which means an extra care and attention to customer service. Here you will find clothes, footwear, electronics, gadgets, auto equipment, desk accessories and many other products that you might need.
Adresse: 14 Filota Street, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 665 290
Thessaloniki

Airport

The Macedonian airport, at the area of Mikra, is the second largest airport of Greece and is linked with most destinations of Europe and Balkan countries in particular. Getting from the airport to the city centre will take you from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. You can go to the centre of Thessaloniki using bus route X1 “KTEL – Airport”. It runs every 30-ish minutes and it takes approximately 45 minutes. You can buy a ticket at the kiosk before boarding or pay using a machine inside the bus (90 cents, exact change)
Adresse: Thessaloniki Airport, Thessaloniki
Telefon: +30 2310 473212
Thessaloniki

Public Transport

You can cover most of the distances in the city on foot or using local buses. Tickets can be bought either at the kiosks or from the vending machines on the bus (90 cents, exact change). If you buy the ticket on the bus, remember to have coins. All tickets must be validated and are usable for 70 minutes. Different kind of day passes are also available. Google Maps is blissfully unaware of the bus system in Thessaloniki, so you'll have to install an app like Moovit to figure out how. to get places.
Telefon: +30 2310 981100
Thessaloniki

Taxi

Uber does operate in Thessaloniki, but it's simply used to call a municipal taxi to your location and does not give you acost estimate. From the smaller streets taxis can be hailed whenever you need one. On the major city streets there are points signed "TAXI". You also find taxis standing on piazzas or outside the hotels. You can also book online through Taxi Way:
Telefon: +30 2310 866 866
Thessaloniki

Pharmacy

Each pharmacy in Thessaloniki has a notice in the window showing which ones are open out of normal hours and their addresses. Wherever there is a doctor you may see a sign with a cross most of the times. On some signs, there are also phone numbers to the emergency room.
Thessaloniki

Telephone

Country code: +30 Area code: 231
Thessaloniki

Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz Power outlets type C and F — the usual European ones.

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