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Best things to do in Thessaloniki

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Neighbourhood
“Following the most popular shopping street of Thessaloniki, Tsimiski Avenue, right after Platia Eleftherias (Freedom Plaza), you will discover “Ladadika” district, a beautiful walkable area which is one of the favorite destinations for both local and tourist visitors and the city’s college community. Ladadika is one of the hot spots of Thessaloniki when it comes to entertainment. It is located in a central area right opposite to the port’s central gate and within a five-minute walk from Aristotle’s square. The colorful buildings are two-story with wide, rectangular windows and, along with the paved alleys, they exhale the spirit of old Thessaloniki. Here the old merges with the new. Great music, food and chill atmosphere Beautiful Bistro’s and cafes, bars and pubs, clubs and after can be found all over Ladadika The word Ladadika literally means the shops that sell oil and its products. The area used to be the central market and bazaar of the city during the ottoman occupation or even earlier. It was also known as “Egyptian Market”. It hosted numerous shops and stores but since the Great Fire of 1917 and afterwards, it began to decline and some decades later only the oil selling shops remained open. This was until the late ’70s when the area was fully abandoned. In 1985 it was declared a historical monument by the Ministry of Culture; the entire area was protected by law in order to preserve its original style and character. Ladadika soon came back to life, when small taverns, bars and restaurants opened and reoccupied the once abandoned and now renovated old buildings and welcomed the locals and tourists of all ages. Experiencing Thessaloniki’s nightlife The colorful historic buildings and the traditional small plazas turn Ladadika into one of the most beautiful destinations Since the 1990s, the local restaurants and taverns used to be well known for their cheerful, friendly and vibrant atmosphere; even on weekdays and noons the spontaneous dances and small parties between locals and tourists were frequent and the alcohol flowed.. Nowadays, despite the financial crisis, Ladadika still feature one of the most frequently visited places of the city both by locals and by visitors. Espresso bars, coffee shops, tavernas, beer stores and so on can be found here. The colors, sounds and smells of Ladadika will give you a fair taste of Thessalonian entertainment. The entire area is for pedestrians only, thus giving you the chance to take your time, walk around and take a look until you spot the perfect place for you. Make sure you don’t miss Ladadika during your stay in Thessaloniki. If you’d like to discover some similar destinations, be sure to check Valaoritou district and Bit Bazzar as well! While most destinations are considered reasonable and affordable, there are certain places that are more expensive than the average. Looking for quality accommodation near Ladadika? Check our accommodation offers! ”
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Plaza
“Aristotle Square is one of the central squares of Thessaloniki. It starts from the semicircular buildings to the north of Mitropoleos Street, which crosses it to this point, and continues up to Niki Avenue, in the sea. The square is a popular spot for tourists and locals, with many refreshments and cafes and is a place for political gatherings and various artistic events. The above imposing buildings of Mitropoleos street house a hotel and the cinema "Olympion".”
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Café
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“The host of the film festival of Thessaloniki as well as many other themed festivals, a great choice for less mainstream movies”
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Plaza
“Go and buy Tsoureki from there!!!! It’s something like a cake, and even though I hate cakes, I love this pastry.”
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Restaurant
“Great place for lunch near the sea. Good for sea food as well as meat. Mid-range prices”
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Pizza Place
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“Authentic, Italian thin-crust pizza straight out of their wooden oven with creative combinations of toppings. Great variety, quick and efficient service. Perfect for late nights, as they stay open until 2-3 am.”
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Plaza
“Today, Aristotelous Square is one of the most famous places in all of Greece and almost synonymous with the city of Thessaloniki itself. The square plays an important role in the sociopolitical life not only of the city, but of the wider country as well. Numerous large rallies and political speeches have been organized in Aristotelous Square, such as the rally for Macedonia in 1992 (see further below). Additionally the square is used for many cultural events, such as festivals and the annual Christmas and carnival celebrations. It is an important tourist attraction for the city, and the numerous cafes and bars that line up the square make it popular with the younger generations.”
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Restaurant
“Absolutely recommended in case you are looking for upscale dining in a top-notch restaurant. The ambience is elegant and fantastic, the quality of ingredients and level of cooking similar to other high-class European restaurants, the personnel knowledgeable and attentive (without being overwhelming or patronizing) and service is excellent. Naturally, you get what you pay for, meaning that level of prices is on par with what is being offered. There is also a very interesting wine list with top Greek wines.”
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Park
“Up next is Aristotle Square, Thessaloniki’s bigger and trademark square. It goes all the way up to Egnatia St. so it’s up to you to decide whether to make it a part of your seafront walk or leave it for a separate walk in the city center itself. In any case, along Aristotle Sq. you’ll see some of the most beautiful buildings of the city, Electra Palace and Olympion Cinema being two of them. Aristotle Sq. hosts many music, social and cultural events throughout the year and is the center of all the Christmas decorations that give the city a postcardy feeling. Don’t forget to have your picture taken next to Greek philosopher and polymath teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle’s statue, somewhere on the right side of the square!”
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Cafe
“"Room with a view" cafe - bar in the 5th floor of Olympion. Beautiful view of Aristotelous sq. cosy atmosphere ”
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Wine Bar
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Restaurant
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Lodging
“The "Οριζοντεσ" cafe on the roof top of the Electra Palace hotel at Aristotle's square. ”
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Restaurant
“High end sea food restaurant. I am not aware of your budget but it is totally worth it (30-40€ per person).”
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