Culture of taste
The city is a treasure trove filled with an amazing variety of tastes. Enjoy the local delicacies, bougatsa, koulouri, galaktoboureko and many others of tastes, to get a delicious insight into the city spirit. Eastern and western cultures mix in traditional Greek dishes for lunch or dinner ideally enjoyed at a local taverna, while gourmet cuisine is also on offer in sumptuous city center restaurants. No matter where you are in Thessaloniki and what time of day it is, the choices are there for you to explore!
Start your day with a koulouri. Koulouri – Thessaloniki’s famous bread ring – is a popular treat, made with sesame, mostly enjoyed for breakfast. Find it in all the bakeries in the city. But mostly at Aristotelous Square. Anytime, everyday!!!
Taste the delicious.
Bougatsa is a traditional pastry consisting of semolina custard, cheese, or minced meet filling between layers of filo pastry. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a snack at any time of day.
Experience the sweet galaktoboureko
Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert of semolina-based custard in filo pastry. Find it in all the major patisseries of Thessaloniki. Taste it!!!
As Socrates said: “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued”
The wine roads are a series of suggested routes that give you the chance to experience the production process of local wines, taste them and meet their creators! Take one of the eight organized routes that cross Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus and Thrace, stop at the suggested vineyards, enjoy a glass of wine and admire the majestic natural scenery. It is an aromatic voyage of discovery for the taste buds – one you should not miss out!
Taste, eat, drink, and be merry!
Gourmet restaurants are very popular. The city’s chefs whip up international delights with a contemporary twist scaling new heights in European haute cuisine. Explore the tastes the city is proud of in the city center or along Aristotelous Square and down its side streets.
Search out small local tavernas while wandering around the picturesque side streets of Athonos square, Ladadika, Agiou Mina Street, in the city center, or while admiring the monuments of Ano Poli, and order ouzo or tsipouro and meze, to savour a fully authentic local experience. Do not miss out to taste local “gyros” or the famous “souvlaki” (succulent meat slow –roasted and sliced from the split or skewered and grilled). You will find them on sale at every turn!
As Plato said: “Living well and beautifully and justly, are all one thing”.