Start your day with a famous “bougatsa”. One of the most characteristic things about Thessaloniki is its fantastic bakeries. There, you shall find one of locals’ favorite meals, “bougatsa” (pie filled with cream, cheese or even chocolate in its modern alteration) and also a “koulouri” (Greek bagel), another famous and typical delicacy of the area. Grab a coffee to wake you up and you are all set and good to go!
Take a long walk along “Paralia”
Walk along Nikis Avenue from the port and its buildings, which acquired new life during the last years, hosting Thessaloniki’s Film Festival and other cultural activities and events and have become a meeting point for Thessaloniki’s youth during the evenings, all the way to the White Tower. As the noon comes closer, you shall encounter bikers, walkers, students, workers, literally everyone enjoying the same walk, a trademark of Thessaloniki. Visit the interior of the White Tower to learn more about the city and its history.
Time for a quick snack
From the White Tower, make your way up the parallel of Nikis Avenue, Tsimiski Avenue and start heading towards the center. You are now in Thessaloniki’s commercial street, filled with shops of all kinds. You can make a stop at Elenidi’s for the famous local delicacy called “trigona panoramatos” (triangular pastries) or head straight to Aristotelous Square where you can enjoy the neo-classical buildings surrounding it and head all the way up to the 5th floor of Cine Olympia to enjoy the stunning view and have a quick snack or coffee. Make your way to the impressive and atmospheric open-air Modiano market, dating back to the 12th century, an explosive mixture of colors and smells and stroll around the narrow streets around it.
Lunch time is a great time to visit Bezesteni market and its Byzantine sight where the variety of restaurants and taverns offers plenty of choices.
After refilling with energy, start your evening walk from Bit Bazaar, another historic hidden square with a cozy atmosphere and make your way up to Agiou Dimitriou Street where you will find the homonymous church that belongs to the Thessaloniki’s patron saint with his bones entombed for viewing in galleries under the church. Head towards the remainings of the Roman Agora, passing by the marvelous Bay Hamam and make your way towards the Galerius Arch and the Rotunda.
Choose any of the innumerable cafes at Iktinou, Pavlou Mela, Navarinou Square, a location full of antiquities and ancient ruins and the surrounding streets, to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee.
Restaurants covering all kinds of tastes, from traditional to experimental, await at the Jewish quarter of Ladadika where olive oil storehouses have been converted into atmospheric restaurants and bars.
If you still find yourself with energy after this full day, Ladadika or nearby Valaoritou Street are the vivid and vibrant places to be for your night drinks.