The international gastronomic trend is gaining ground in Greece and, of course, in Thessaloniki. The menu in this type of restaurant focuses on modern Greek cuisine that gives it creative touches. Mavri Hina, Haroupi and Nama are some perfect examples of what can be created when an inspired chef encounters a pleasant place, inviting us to dine in a romantic atmosphere with a comfort-oriented style. The small dishes, ideal for sharing, are incredible for a group of friends who want to have fun and eat deliciously at affordable prices.
The city’s brunch scene is also emerging in relaxing and pleasant spaces to combine breakfast and lunch on weekends. Koukou, for example, serves egg-based street food with many selections of sweet and savory French toast.
Another trend in Thessaloniki, as well as throughout Greece, is healthy eating with gluten-free dishes and offers without added sugar or preservatives. In a super retro decor, Exereton is the best choice for healthy eating and enjoying its innovative touches, as long as the healthy is also delicious.
Thessaloniki is a coastal city, and then seafood is its specialty. Coquille Seafood is located on the promenade and has a magnificent view of the Gulf of Thermaic. Ouzeri Arodo serves seafood medleys ideally accompanied by ouzo, and emissions in low-fat creations and fresh ingredients.
Ladadika has always been the best district to visit and understand the culinary culture of Thessaloniki. The area near the port is a famous nightlife spot full of small local taverns where you can sample Thessalonian cuisine and relax over wine or ouzo.
Ano Ladadika until recently was a less known part of Ladadika, but today the Verias street is the new talk of the town, which was established on the map of drinks and restaurants.
Maitr and Margarita is one of the main bistros of Thessaloniki that transformed this neighborhood. This transformation was followed by the opening of the Gorillas cocktail bar, which has over 200 labels, as well as Mahalo with street food, such as the Hawaiian hamburger with grilled beef, pineapple sauce and caramel.
For meat lovers, there are many meat-focused restaurants and taverns in the city, such as Brizola or Tzaki ‘Ho, which is located in an industrial space in Formet. What you should keep in mind is that in Thessaloniki, you can eat fresh fish or quality meat, which will make you understand why it is considered the food capital of Greece.
The cuisine of Thessaloniki
If you have booked your stay in Thessaloniki, prepare yourself for a rich culinary experience and enjoy the best Greek cuisine. Thessaloniki is considered the culinary capital of Greece thanks to its traditional cuisine that combines Eastern and Western elements and has a strong influence from Turkish cuisine due to the refugees who came from Asia Minor to the city in 1922, and brought their secrets of delicious gastronomy with them.
Thessaloniki was the first place in Greece that brought the traditional taverns with several mezedes where people can eat many different dishes and feel like in a gastronomic paradise.
The best district to visit and understand the culinary culture of Thessaloniki is Ladadika, the area near the port, which is now a famous nightlife spot full of small local taverns where you can taste the cuisine of Thessaloniki and relax over a glass of wine or ouzo. However, the whole city is a paradise for food lovers.
As you walk around Thessaloniki, the smells of bakeries, pastry shops and restaurants preparing dishes and delicacies that come directly from Turkey, Istanbul, Pontus and Asia Minor push you in all directions. The culinary repertoire is excellent, the local wine is delicious and the desserts are unique.
The Modiano Market is a complex of five arcades with a facade and a glass roof, which houses small restaurants and shops selling spices, vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. Time has stood still in this traditional market that is reminiscent of the oriental bazaar, and the variety of culinary temptations is simply incredible.
Soutzoukakia is a famous dish from Izmir that came to Thessaloniki and then became part of Greek cuisine. Meatballs with various spices, tomato sauce, souvlaki pita and yoghurt sauce create the perfect and nutritious dish, while Tirokafteri is also an appetizer that is now part of all Greek menus.
It is a creative combination of feta cheese, olive oil, paprika and hot peppers. The cuisine of Thessaloniki is generally characterized by many spices and herbs that give its dishes a unique aroma and taste.
Thessaloniki is also famous for its sweets which are popular throughout Greece. Tsoureki is a type of sweet bread with aromatic spices, mastic and mahlab, but in Thessaloniki you can find several versions of tsoureki with chocolate, vanilla, chestnut and other ingredients that give it a special flavor.
Bougatsa is made with phyllo dough and filled with sweet cream and cinnamon from Istanbul, but today, Thessaloniki is considered its hometown.
The first thing you should do when you visit Thessaloniki is to try the bougatsa and get lost in its delicious world. Trigona Panoramatos are phyllo triangle cakes, whose preparation began decades ago in the Panorama district of the city of Thessaloniki. They are soaked in syrup and filled with rich and creamy custard. You just can’t stop eating them!