An incredible fusion of traditional, centuries-old recipes with fresh, modern dishes is why Thessaloniki is the only Greek city recognized by UNESCO as a Creative City of Gastronomy!
What to expect
Stroll in the streets where the city’s heart beats and gain insight into the best local food stores and centuries-old food markets.
Dig deep into Thessaloniki’s food scene and learn about the importance of the fantastic cultural mixture and how it is expressed in local dishes!
Ηead to the most extensive open-air food market in Thessaloniki ( Kapani ) and discover more about the fresh, mouthwatering local products and Thessalonians’ eating habits.
Shop freshly baked bread, delicious olives, and cheese, and create your meze plate to enjoy a glass of Ouzo or Tsipouro like a local in the renovated Modiano Market food court.
Discover one of the oldest pastry stores in Thessaloniki and taste sweets made with traditional recipes given from generation to generation.
Start your day in Thessaloniki with traditional “Greek” coffee and learn about the evolution of coffee culture and its importance for locals.
And if you are more into espresso or cappuccino, you will be surprised by the variety in the local coffee places.
If some tastes are associated with Thessaloniki, then crispy bougatsa is one of them.
Filled with cheese or sweet cream with powdered sugar and cinnamon are the two most distinctive varieties, but spinach or minced meat are also popular – the choice is yours!
Did you know that a simple bread ring covered with toasted sesame seeds is the most popular breakfast in Greece?
You will find it in every bakery and numerous food stands, originating back to Byzantine times.
Μeat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, herbs – anything you need, you can find it in the city’s markets.
Athonos square gathers stalls for bioproducts and herbs, Kapani is the place to shop for fresh food of superior quality at low prices, while just across the road recently renovated Modiano is reborn as a modern food market
We are sure you have heard about Ouzo before – or even had a glass or two, but what about Tsipouro?
Uncover the differences between them and start drinking them like Greek!
You will probably want to bite every sweet in the store – we will spotlight the most interesting ones as some recipes remained unchanged for centuries and others hide exotic ingredients