Are you planning on visiting Thessaloniki but don’t know where to start exploring? If you are one of those people that like to plan ahead, then keep reading because once again the GrekAddict team has come to your rescue. This time we have decided to share with you 5 neighborhoods you must visit in Thessaloniki.
The first thing that should pop in your mind when Thessaloniki is mentioned is its waterfront. The seemingly endless boardwalk spreads from the port all the way to the city’s concert hall, passing through some picture-perfect spots. You can walk from the White Tower across the waterfront enjoying the sea breeze and calming sound of the water. On your walk make sure to stop by the umbrella installations to take some pictures that will surely impress your friends back home. On the other hand, if you feel like relaxing and enjoying the view, you can sit at one of the many cafes overlooking the sea. Either way, Thessaloniki’s waterfront is a spot that should not be missed!
Our next suggestion for your wanders around the city is the bohemian quarter of Thessaloniki – Ladadika. The cobblestone streets and bright-colored buildings are as picturesque as you can imagine. Ladadika is filled with traditional Greek restaurants called tavernas where you can enjoy delicious Greek cuisine in a welcoming environment. Do not mistake Ladadika for a calm and quiet place! As soon as the sun sets the music gets louder and people get up on their feet to dance Sirtaki! Don’t miss a chance to enjoy this memorable experience and maybe learn to dance Sirtaki!
3. Ano Poli
Visiting Ano Poli (Upper Town) will surely transport you to another era. The ‘Upper Town’ is placed in the hills above Thessaloniki’s downtown. One of the biggest attractions of this place is the centuries old castle. Around the walls of this ancient fortress are streets filled with taverns and coffee shops. However, the most noteworthy spot in this neighborhood is the breathtaking view of the entire city from the old castle. Enjoy your lunch here with this incredible view of the city center.
4. Nea Krini
Although a bit of a drive from the city center, we at GrekAddict also recommend checking out Nea Krini! Nea Krini in Kalamaria, is a neighborhood just outside of the city center spreading parallel with the sea. Some of the finest restaurants in the city are located here. Enjoy your romantic dinner with a calming view of the horizon. After that, make your evening last by taking a stroll by the beach.
What a better way to learn a new city than walking through its biggest market and smelling aromas of spices, tasting delicious local products and learning about other cultures. If you agree with us, then be sure to check out Kapani. Kapani is a street market in downtown Thessaloniki that offers numerous delicious fruits, vegetables and products that will tickle your senses. Spend some time here exploring new tastes and culture. And every time you smell or taste Greek food you will immediately remember the fun time you had in Thessaloniki.
We hope you enjoyed our suggestions on which neighborhoods you must visit in Thessaloniki! Be sure to check them out and use our tag #grekaddict on Facebook and Instagram so we can follow along your wanders around this beautiful city!