The Greek Mister was feeling so awkward as we walked in one of the most iconic buildings of Thessaloniki, the Electra Palace Hotel. He told me that while it’s very normal for us to do it in Dubai or Doha, they never ever go in a 5 star hotel to have a coffee in Thessaloniki. There are so many other cafes around the area, we’re in Greece after all, why did I want to go to the one inside Electra Palace Hotel? I only have one answer to that – the view.
Yota, my Thessaloniki guide who is actually a friend of The Greek Mister, mentioned the Orizontes Roof Garden to me once while we’re having a few drinks. She said the view is fantastic from there, it immediately piqued my interest of course. I’m a sucker for great views. I’d even overcome my fear of heights and climb up a mountain with only a rope to stabilize my every step just to see one. So yes, I do have a thing for great views.
And the one at the rooftop garden of Electra Palace Hotel was one for the books no less. It was breathtaking, even The Greek Mister, who was now convinced that it was a good idea to have coffee there was impressed by it. Photos were immediately taken as soon as we arrived. Overlooking the lively Aristotelous Square and the endless sea of Thermaikos Gulf, it clearly is one of the best views you can ever have in Thessaloniki. Can you imagine having your morning breakfast in this restaurant? That’s worth waking up for if you ask me.
Of course there is a corresponding price for enjoying such view in a prime location in a 5-star hotel, the coffee is double the amount here compared to the ones that you will get from the cafes dotted everywhere in the city. It’s absolutely worth it though.
We took our time finishing our coffee and we witnessed the glorious sunset from that vantage point. As we joined the lively crowd in Aristotelous Square getting ready for the weekend ahead, I realized how beautiful this place is no matter where you see it from but I still wouldn’t miss a chance seeing it from Orizontes Roof Garden.