Normally, a Greek holiday for us means island hopping with only a day or two to spare in The Greek Mister’s home city – Thessaloniki. During our last holiday though, we decided to break this habit and stayed for more than a week in the city well-known for its lively and vibrant nightlife. We didn’t regret the decision as we were able to spend a lot of time with The Greek Mister’s family and friends. Also, I was finally able to explore Thessaloniki in-depth (I think).
It was only then did I realize why Thessaloniki is very popular to young tourists – there’s a myriad of restaurants, bars, cafes, tavernas and clubs that you can choose from each offering a unique experience and different price range. I have made a list of those which I had a great experience from in the hopes of being able to help tourists bound to Thessaloniki. Bear in mind though that this list is based on a tourist’s perspective (me) and I don’t claim to be the expert of this city.
Aigli Geni Hamam
Agiou Nikolaou 3 Kassandrou, Thessaloniki 54633, Greece
Tel No. +30 231 305 9024
The Greek Mister was on a boy’s nightout when I went to this stunning bar/restaurant with one of The Greek Mister’s friend’s girlfriend who I now consider the person to go to if you need advise on where to eat and drink in Thessaloniki. I can’t thank her enough for inviting me to this place as it’s absolutely impressive. Aigli used to be a Turkish Hammam which was restored to become a bar/restaurant. It sure is the most unique atmosphere I’ve ever had in a bar/restaurant. We tried out different cocktails while there and apart from one drink, everything was fantastic!
Cafe 51 Bar
51 Komninon Street, 551 32 Kalamaria Thessaloniki Greece
Tel No. 2310481334
A great outdoor seating area if you like people-watching, one of my hobbies specially when traveling. It looks like a fun place to go to as well in the evenings for your drinks, the interior design was very quirky in a good way.
Castra Cafe Bar
Eptapirgiou 122, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel No. +30 231 020 7277
Not as posh as the others but the view it offers sets it apart from the rest. A 180-degree city view of the whole of Thessaloniki is quite hard to beat.
Themistokli Sofouli 108
Thessaloniki – Kalamaria
Tel. No. 2310420600
If a seaview is what you’re looking for while having your morning coffee, Les Zazous is the place to be. This restaurant/lounge/bar/cafe offers a modern dining experience with a sophisticated but very relaxed ambiance. I didn’t try any of the dishes though but I’m hoping it would be as good as the atmosphere and views that they have.
12 Megalou Aleksandrou Av, Thessaloniki
Tel No. 2310 869950
Located at Nea Paralia, Omilos offers an unobstructed view of the sea as you enjoy your coffee or cocktails. It was very windy while we were there but it didn’t stop us from staying as long as we possibly can. The view and the whole ambiance is all worth it.
Orizontes Roof Garden
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
9 Aristotelous Square, 54624 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel No. (+30) 2310 294 000
Set atop the Electra Palace Hotel, Orizontes Roof Garden offers an unbeatable view of the city center square down below. We had one of our coffee afternoons here and I spent most of the time taking photos of the views around me. By the time I managed to get back to my cafe latte, it was already cold. You can’t blame me though, the views were intoxicating!
With a great atmosphere and music, To Diorofon is a favorite place to hangout by The Greek Mister and his friends. I’ve been to this place one too many times, probably the only place that I know in Thessaloniki by heart. It is a 3-story cafe/bar which includes a rooftop seating which of course is my favorite.
The Loco Bus
Komninon 3, Thessaloniki 546 24
Tel No. 2310 224433
With a very vintage, 1950’s design and a hippie bus in the middle of the bar with dining tables inside – The Loco Bus immediately became one of my favorite bars in Thessaloniki. They gave us little pieces of pizza which we all thought was a mistake but we were informed that it’s complimentary with our drinks. Who are we to decline that? Try their cucumber smash cocktail, refreshing!
Pylaia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel No. +30 231 047 7497
Away from the bustling city center of Thessaloniki is Boheme, an ultra-modern and sophisticated dining and drinks venue by the beach of Pylea. The decor blew me away and I can totally imagine how lively and fun this place would be at night. Too bad they’re getting such a bad rep about their service. Luckily for us, we only went there for coffee so the service was pretty ok.
Katouni 15, Thessaloniki 546 25
Tel No. +30 231 050 8509
My first Cretan restaurant and I was not disappointed. Located in the atmospheric Ladadika, Athivoli offers traditional Greek dishes which even my in-laws loved. I had my first taste of fava in this place which is a traditional Greek dish of yellow split peas. I’m planning to recreate it in my kitchen, I hope it’ll be just as good. (I highly doubt that.)
Leof. Vasilissis Olgas 211, Thessaloniki 546 46, Greece
Tel No. +30 231 042 7339
I will never ever forget this restaurant as it was the cheapest place we’ve ever eaten at. The total cost of a feast for 7 people was only EUR65.60 which includes alcohol. The interior design was a bit suffocating though as they have tried to recreate a garden in an enclosed room. With my mild case of claustrophobia, I had to drag The Greek Mister out of there for some air right after dinner. Nevertheless, food (and price) was great! Try their gyros on a plate.
George Tsontou 9 54627, Thessaloniki
Tel No 2310541786
A house transformed into a restaurant which replicates the old Greek style, Hatzi Bahtse offers great traditional Greek dishes and live entertainment. Sat on a tiny stage in front of the diners without a microphone, the singers and rebetiko players serenaded us with old Greek songs throughout the night. Food served is great, must-try is their tigania.
31 Ionos Dragoumis Street, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel No +30 231 055 5952
Molyvos is one of the prettiest restaurant I’ve seen in Thessaloniki. A vintage dining experience offering a modern cuisine in the heart of the city. I had my first taste of the Greek dish called tigania in this restaurant and it got me hooked right away.
Aristotelous 8, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel No. +30 231 023 0762
Located inside a building with no English signs to indicate that there’s a hidden gem inside, Ouzeri Aristotelous is definitely something only for the locals of Thessaloniki to know. Thankfully, the in-laws have dined in this place before which delivered fresh and very tasty seafood dishes which we all enjoyed.
Treis Ki Exinda
Agias Theodoras 7, Thessaloniki 546 23
+30 231 027 9595
Serving the best gyros in Thessaloniki at a very affordable price. Watch out for Blue, the very friendly resident dog hanging out by the entrance of the restaurant.
Those are just a few of the restaurants/bars I’ve tried in Thessaloniki. I’ll be updating this list whenever I find something new during one of our holidays.