Last month, I spent 4 days in Thessaloniki, which is the second largest city in Greece. Located on Thermaikos gulf, Thessaloniki is a city open to the sea, well-known for its relaxed culture, seaside promenade and delicious food. I have many photos from the city to share with you, as well as tips on things to do and see, but I decided to start with the fun part first: a foodie guide to the city!
B. (at the Byzantine museum)
The Byzantine museum of Thessaloniki is probably the No.1 Museum you should visit in the city. It’s not only very interesting but architecturally pleasing as well. On top of that it has a top-notch restaurant-cafe called B., which is open daily for coffee/lunch/dinner/cocktails and is independent from the museum, which means you can visit any time! You will find B. at G’ Septemvriou 2, Thessaloniki.
I got to know Blé from its Cretan style desserts called Kaltsounia (or Lychnarakia) which a colleague brought back from a trip to Thessaloniki. That was 4 years ago. Since then this bakery/ patisserie was on my wish list and I wasn’t disappointed. I tried the Belgian milk chocolate dessert pictured above, which was delicious!
Brothers in Law
Brothers in Law is a no fuss burger restaurant in Pavlou Mela street. The menu has many options to choose from and I loved that you can choose the size of the burger: 90gr or 180 gr. I chose the smaller size and for once I was able to eat everything that was on my plate. The burger I got is called Acapulco and consists of ground beef, cheddar, tomato, lime & black pepper mayonnaise, guacamole and bacon.
I had spotted this cute cafe/bar in Stylishly Beautiful so when I met with Markella from Do You Speak Gossip she suggested we go there for a hot chocolate (and some marshmallows which are complimentary with every order).
Electra Palace Roof Garden
First and foremost Electra Palace’s roof garden is a nice place to watch the sunset in Thessaloniki. Here you can dine or have a coffee with beautiful views over Aristotelous square and the seaside promenade.
Estia is a bakery/patisserie on Pavlou Mela street near the White Tower. Its windows are very enticing featuring delicious desserts!
Gialos (Γιαλός), Kalamaria
Gialos is a fish restaurant by the sea in Kalamaria, about 7km from Thessaloniki city center. This area has a lot of restaurants and a few ones are literally next to the sea. Gialos is one of them! On a sunny and warm day you can sit outside and enjoy your meal listening to the waves splashing and the seagulls squawking.
Local is a modern restaurant with an extensive wine list in Pavlou Mela street. It has a variety of dishes, from risotto to steak and seafood. I got the Chicken Wings with sweetchili and wakame and it was very tasty!
I discovered this cute cafe on Aegean Airline’s magazine on my way to Thessaloniki and I visited on my last day there. The cake I tried (called Anatoli) was amazing! Sugar Angel is located in a tiny pedestrian street in the heart of the shopping area making it an ideal stop for a pre- or post-shopping treat.
You cannot visit Thessaloniki without stopping at this bakery and trying their tsoureki (sweet brioche bread) with white or milk chocolate ganache and chestnut or chocolate filling respectively. It’s a custom for us Athenians to bring one of these breads back home and even better share one with our colleagues!!
The Last Slice
And last but not least (pun not intended) a small pizza place in Proxenou Kolomila street. I stopped there with Markella and her boyfriend for a bite before heading home. It’s ideal for a quick meal and the best part is that the pizza crust is really thin so it doesn’t get you bloated!
So this is just as small guide of the types of restaurants and patisseries you are going to come across in Thessaloniki! Stay tuned for more tips about things to do in this lovely city!
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