Greece, Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece | Ladadika, Where The Old Merges With The New.

July 17, 2016
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The historical district of Ladadika is my favorite area in Thessaloniki. Here you will get a taste of the city’s vibrant dining and nightlife scene with the preserved buildings and cobblestone streets around you. It is where the old merges with the new in Thessaloniki.

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When my Aunts came for a visit in Thessaloniki, I was having a hard time deciding which hotel to book their stay in. June is a peak season so the room rates in every hotels are higher than normal. The Greek Mister convinced me though that booking a hotel in the area of Ladadika is best for them so it would be easy for them to go around the area whenever they feel like it. I found Bristol Hotel, a first-class hotel in the heart of Ladadika which I thought was too expensive for a 4-day stay. I booked it anyway (I’m not going to pay for it lol) and it was really a great decision.

The hotel is truly first class with its decor, luxurious and spacious rooms and great service from their staff. I found out later on that the building used to be a post office during the Ottoman Empire which made them a member of the Historical Hotels in Europe. Being senior citizens, I was worried that my Aunts would require us to be with them 24/7 during their stay in Thessaloniki but having chosen Bristol Hotel, they could easily walk around day or night within the vicinity. Ladadika is a pleasure to walk around anytime of the day.

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Ladadika translates to “the shops that sell oil and its products” as it used to be a central market and bazaar of the city during the ottoman occupation. It was destroyed by a wildfire in 1917 and by 1970, the area was almost fully abandoned. It was declared a historical monument in 1985 and the buildings were preserved to keep its original style and character.

Soon afterwards, Ladadika came back to life with tavernas, coffeshops and restaurants opening its doors to locals and tourists alike in the renovated and preserved buildings. Nowadays, it’s one of the liveliest part of the city specially at night when all the lights are lit, tables arranged outside along the cobblestone streets and cheerful locals inviting you to their establishments. It’s a great place to experience the vibrant city life of Thessaloniki.

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The entire area is for pedestrians only which makes it all the more charming. Walking around it in the morning is like walking around a ghost town with only but a few people occupying the empty chairs and tables of coffee shops. We had lunch there before and while it wasn’t that empty, you can feel the somber tone of the whole area. Like they’re trying to make ends meet. It comes alive at night which is such a great contrast during the day, it looks like a totally different place.

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It’s definitely one of the must-sees in Thessaloniki. You shouldn’t pass up the chance of walking around Ladadika or having a meal there while in this city.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) July 23, 2016 at 04:00

    I love historic and city-center areas that have been pedestrianized. It’s so convenient for strolling and exploring. And that neighborhood is beautiful! Great pictures, too. It’s our dream to have the time to just wander through Greece, enjoying neighborhoods like this. Nice!
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  • Reply Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) July 21, 2016 at 19:09

    Ladadika sounds just like my kind of area in a city – historical, pedestrianised, lots of good-sounding cafés and restaurants. Your photos are wonderful. #citytripping
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 21, 2016 at 19:28

      Thank you Clare, those are also the things which make me fall in love with a place. 🙂

  • Reply Ahila July 20, 2016 at 15:51

    Beautiful photos of Ladadika. Love the name of the district. Thanks for sharing it on #CityTripping
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  • Reply Elizabeth (Wander Mum) July 20, 2016 at 13:10

    It looks like a really charming town – I evnot heard of it before – and the hotel sounds fab. I find a lot of towns on the continent, especially in summer, seem to alive at night when it’s a lot cooler but no doubt it has also felt the hit from Greek’s financial issues. Great to have some insider tips from the Greek Mister! Great have you back on #citytripping

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 20, 2016 at 20:01

      Thank you Elizabeth. It’s great to be back on the link-ups game as well! It’s been very busy for me and I thought I couldn’t keep up with the comments that I have to do so I’ve been skipping it for the past few weeks. Hopefully though, I’d get to join every week again from here on. 🙂

  • Reply Brooke of Passport Couture July 20, 2016 at 05:32

    What a beautiful city! I love seeing the mix of cobblestones with the mix of modern and vintage style stores. Thanks for showcasing this amazing city in Greece, it’s refreshing to see another place besides the beaches and Santorini.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 20, 2016 at 11:50

      Thank you Brooke! We go to Thessaloniki every year and I fall in love with it more and more each time I visit. Greece is more than Santorini and Mykonos, it has a lot more places to visit and we try to explore those places each time we’re there. 🙂

      BUT I hate to break this to you but I’m doing a series now for Santorini again, I can’t help it! Lol.

  • Reply Cathy (MummyTravels) July 19, 2016 at 23:12

    I loved Ladadika on my flying visit to Thessaloniki. It’s so lovely to wander the pedestrianised streets and you’re right about it being something of a ghost town in the day but a great place to eat at night. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 20, 2016 at 11:51

      Oh yay! Another person who’ve been to Thessaloniki and seen Ladadika. I think the city is now getting into the tourism radar of Greece. 🙂

  • Reply Lindsay July 19, 2016 at 19:35

    Your photos really make this place come alive. So charming!

    I love reading about places I’ve never heard of. Keeps my wanderlust going strong.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 20, 2016 at 11:52

      Thank you Lindsay! You should visit Thessaloniki on your next holiday. 🙂

  • Reply Linda Bibb July 17, 2016 at 20:44

    I really enjoyed reading your post and seeing all your photos. Thessaloniki has long been on my radar. Never heard of Ladadika before. How did The Greek Mister learn of the neighborhood, is he from that area?
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 17, 2016 at 20:53

      Hi Linda, Yes. The Greek Mister is from Thessaloniki. When my Aunts visited us, we were staying in The Greek Mister’s family house while my Aunts stayed in Bristol Hotel. After seeing the hotel, I wanted to switch with them. Lol. Let me know if you’re headed to Thessaloniki, you never know – we might be around at the same time. 🙂

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