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Best things to do in Thessaloniki

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Neighborhood
“A beautiful historic area, specially designed for pedestrians only, which is a favorite destination for both locals and visitors alike and for the city's unique student community. Many quality restaurants, taverns and traditional barbecues are just some of the options offered by Ladadika for dining. Definitely one of the must-visit areas of the city while staying in it.”
74 locals recommend
Plaza
“It was designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard in 1918, but most of the square was built in the 1950s. It is an important tourist attraction for the city with numerous cafes and bars. The two quarter-circle sides of the square are occupied by important buildings. On the left is Electra Palace Hotel, which is one of the best five-star hotels in Thessaloniki and on the right is one of the city's most famous movie theaters, the Olympion Theatre cinema, site of the annual Thessaloniki International Film Festival. It also houses a very popular bar of the same name.”
37 locals recommend
Café
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“The host of the film festival of Thessaloniki as well as many other themed festivals, a great choice for less mainstream movies”
7 locals recommend
Plaza
“Go and buy Tsoureki from there!!!! It’s something like a cake, and even though I hate cakes, I love this pastry.”
15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place for lunch near the sea. Good for sea food as well as meat. Mid-range prices”
10 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Authentic, Italian thin-crust pizza straight out of their wooden oven with creative combinations of toppings. Great variety, quick and efficient service. Perfect for late nights, as they stay open until 2-3 am.”
10 locals recommend
Plaza
“Today, Aristotelous Square is one of the most famous places in all of Greece and almost synonymous with the city of Thessaloniki itself. The square plays an important role in the sociopolitical life not only of the city, but of the wider country as well. Numerous large rallies and political speeches have been organized in Aristotelous Square, such as the rally for Macedonia in 1992 (see further below). Additionally the square is used for many cultural events, such as festivals and the annual Christmas and carnival celebrations. It is an important tourist attraction for the city, and the numerous cafes and bars that line up the square make it popular with the younger generations.”
13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Absolutely recommended in case you are looking for upscale dining in a top-notch restaurant. The ambience is elegant and fantastic, the quality of ingredients and level of cooking similar to other high-class European restaurants, the personnel knowledgeable and attentive (without being overwhelming or patronizing) and service is excellent. Naturally, you get what you pay for, meaning that level of prices is on par with what is being offered. There is also a very interesting wine list with top Greek wines.”
6 locals recommend
Park
“Up next is Aristotle Square, Thessaloniki’s bigger and trademark square. It goes all the way up to Egnatia St. so it’s up to you to decide whether to make it a part of your seafront walk or leave it for a separate walk in the city center itself. In any case, along Aristotle Sq. you’ll see some of the most beautiful buildings of the city, Electra Palace and Olympion Cinema being two of them. Aristotle Sq. hosts many music, social and cultural events throughout the year and is the center of all the Christmas decorations that give the city a postcardy feeling. Don’t forget to have your picture taken next to Greek philosopher and polymath teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle’s statue, somewhere on the right side of the square!”
6 locals recommend
Lodging
“Nice choice for coffee or drinking with amazing view from the roof of hotel. ”
7 locals recommend
Cafe
“"Room with a view" cafe - bar in the 5th floor of Olympion. Beautiful view of Aristotelous sq. cosy atmosphere ”
9 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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2 locals recommend
Restaurant
1 local recommends
Bar
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2 locals recommend