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Greece | Where To Eat and Drink in Thessaloniki.

October 25, 2015

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.

For Coffee/Drinks:

Aigli Geni Hamam
Agiou Nikolaou 3 Kassandrou, Thessaloniki 54633, Greece
Tel No. +30 231 305 9024

Aigli, Thessaloniki, Greece

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

Castra Bar Cafe, Thessaloniki, Greece

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.

Les Zazous
Themistokli Sofouli 108
Thessaloniki – Kalamaria
Tel. No. 2310420600

Les Zazous, Thessaloniki, Greece

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.

Omilos
12 Megalou Aleksandrou Av, Thessaloniki
Tel No. 2310 869950

Omilos, Thessaloniki, Greece

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

Orizontes Roof Garden, Thessaloniki, Greece

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!

To Diorofon
Kalamaria, Thessaloniki

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!

Boheme
Pylaia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel No. +30 231 047 7497

Boheme, Thessaloniki, Greece PinayFlyingHigh.com

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.

For Food

Athivoli
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.)

Baxtses
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.

Hatzi Bahtse
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.

Molyvos
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.

Ouzeri Aristotelous
Aristotelous 8, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel No. +30 231 023 0762

Ouzeri Aristotelous, Thessaloniki, Greece

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

Gyros at Treis Ki Exinda, Thessaloniki, Greece

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.


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25 Comments

  • Reply Muna @ Strictly Lighthearted July 15, 2016 at 14:57

    Your posts are bringing back memories of our trip to Greece a few years ago … Glad you’re having a great time … Tried the famous Moussaka dish yet? πŸ™‚
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  • Reply Nancie November 1, 2015 at 01:51

    What a gorgeous city! It would be hard to choose just one place to have coffee or lunch/dinner. I know I would gravitate towards the cafes with the water views. The food at Baxtses looks amazing. I want a gyro now! (delivery, maybe?) πŸ™‚
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 1, 2015 at 14:37

      I do gravitate towards those with water views too. I’m not sure why but a place becomes much more beautiful in my eyes if there’s a water body in it. πŸ™‚
      Gyros delivery? I hope someone would! :p

  • Reply Jackie Smith October 31, 2015 at 07:50

    Great tips for eateries and drinks in one of our favorite Greek cities. If you make it over to The Mani someday try the restaurant I wrote about this week!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 1, 2015 at 14:45

      I have heard about the Mani as it was heavily promoted by a Greek restaurant manager that we met while in Monemvasia. I do hope to visit it one day.

  • Reply Emily @ Ideas of Emily October 31, 2015 at 00:29

    What a gorgeous city! I would love to travel to Greece someday. The Loco Bus restaurant is so cute. It reminds me of an Italian restaurant here in the US called The Spaghetti Warehouse, which has a full size trolley within the restaurant that you can eat inside of!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 31, 2015 at 12:39

      A full-sized trolley inside a restaurant, sounds interesting! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sophie @ Sophie's World October 30, 2015 at 12:59

    Never been to this part of Greece. So many beautiful cafes. Thanks for this guide.
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  • Reply budget jan October 30, 2015 at 10:22

    Thanks for showing us these photos. I’ve wondered before about including this city in our travels but I’d not heard much about it. Now I can see that I would really enjoy it.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 31, 2015 at 12:43

      It’s a popular destination for the young travelers as it’s known mostly for it’s lively nightlife due to its high student population. But that doesn’t mean it can only be enjoyed by them as Thessaloniki does have a lot of things to offer for anyone. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee October 29, 2015 at 22:36

    Garden roofs are always a winner….
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  • Reply Mitzie Mee October 29, 2015 at 22:23

    The restaurants look gorgeous! I’ve been to Thessaloniki once, and even thought it was about 100 years ago, I also remember it as a surprisingly hip and trendy city. Oh..and they have one of the slowest McDonalds I’ve ever tried:)
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 30, 2015 at 08:41

      It’s very hip and trendy, most of these establishments are packed specially on Friday nights. I was wondering the whole time what crisis means to them. Lol.

      As Nikos says, nobody ever goes to Mc Donald’s except for the tourists. Lol. They’d rather eat street food from kantinas than Mickey Dee’s. They’ve also got a Greek burger joint which is a lot more popular than Mc Donald’s, it’s called Goody’s. It’s really very tasty!

  • Reply Anna October 29, 2015 at 20:33

    I was in Thessaloniki this past weekend as I have family (cousins) there! I discovered the Loco Bus the last day of my visit and didn’t manage to go there πŸ™ on the other hand I checked out 2 cute/girly cafes called Candybar and Sugar Angel respectively!!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 30, 2015 at 08:42

      I love that they have so many quirky establishments there, very unique and most of them are trendy. You should definitely try Loco Bus next time, I’ll have to give it a go and ask The Greek Mister to visit those girly cafes with me next time too. Haha.

  • Reply Photo Cache October 26, 2015 at 20:06

    My burning desire is to homestay with Greek family in the village and taste the “real” Greek food, because so far all the dishes I have tasted from Greece and outside of Greece I truly truly love.

  • Reply Carmen | Carmen's Luxury Travel October 25, 2015 at 19:14

    I loved Greece! We went last summer but didn’t have much time to explore some of the other cities outside of Athens. I would of enjoyed spending a few days in Thessaloniki and getting to know some of these restaurants that you mentioned. Maybe, next time I go I’ll make sure to arrange a few extra days to travel throughout Greece.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 26, 2015 at 16:16

      There are soooo many beautiful places in Greece apart from Athens. You should definitely stay longer next time. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brooke October 25, 2015 at 09:17

    Aigli Geni Hamam looks like an amazing spot! And Orizontes Roof Garden absolutely calls for sunset drinks with friends. Looks like you had a great time spending a little more time there πŸ™‚

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