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Things to do in Thessaloniki

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“You simply can’t travel to Thessaloniki and not visit the White Tower. Located by the seafront and housing a museum exhibition as well, it offers a fantastic city view and valuable historical facts.”
  • 107 locals recommend
History Museum
“A must-see! The setting is exceptional and the place is full of Byzantine history & interesting exhibits that await you!”
  • 45 locals recommend
History Museum
“Being one of the most frequently visited museums in Thessaloniki, this place is sure to impress you with its collections and events (with items that range from prehistoric artifacts to antiquities).”
  • 50 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“It is an old quarter, with narrow pavements and neoclassical buildings. Here you will find plenty of bars and restaurants”
  • 88 locals recommend
Establishment
“At the heart of the city you will come across the Arch Of Galerius ,this arch was the ancient town’s main entrance gate and represents battle scenes from Emperor Galerius”
  • 39 locals recommend
Plaza
“The heart of the city, surrounded by cafes crowded all day long, is a place of meeting with happenings and events throughout year”
  • 43 locals recommend
History Museum
“This sanctuary makes a breathtaking impression,Rotunda features architecture similar to Pantheon in Rome.Gorgeous mosaics decorate the dome,the Rotunda houses a sculpture museum and is open to the public daily for visits”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
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“great bar restaurant in front of the sea, and a great view of the city! don' t forget to visit! a little bit expensive”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bridal Shop
“The church of Agios Dimitrios, patron saint of Thessaloniki, is located at the centre of the city, on Agios Dimitrios street, over the Ancient Agora and consists undoubtedly its most important Early Christian monument, both due to religious and historical reasons. The early Christian basilica was built in the area where in the Roman Period was a complex of public baths. According to traditions, it was in these baths that Agios Dimitrios was imprisoned and martyred with a spear. At this location, after the Edict of Milan regarding religious tolerance in 313, a small church was built over the saint’s tomb. Soon believers from all over started to arrive and pray at the saint’s tomb in order to help them heal from various diseases. Among the pilgrims was the Prefect of Illyricum Leontius, who after being healed and to show his gratitude to Agios Dimitrios built a new, more impressive church in its place. They transferred the saint’s tomb there from the baths and they placed it in a ciborium in the middle aisle. Today the renovated marble ciborium is at the northern aisle. The 5th century church was destroyed by an earthquake in 620 and was rebuilt in the middle of the 7th century according to the standards of the older church. The church was an important pilgrimage centre throughout the Byzantine Period and Agios Dimitrios became the patron saint of the Balkans. In 1493, after the occupation of Thessaloniki by the Turks, the church was converted into a mosque (Kasimiye Camii). Christian worship was limited then at a small area on the northwestern of the church, where they made the saint’s cenotaph. It was returned in Christian hands in 1912, after the liberation of the city. However, in the great fire in 1917 the church was largely destroyed. Its restoration lasted until 1949. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Road
“The biggest shopping street in the north half of greece, with brands from around the world!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Hebrard plan for the reconstruction of Thessaloniki after the big fire of 1917 predicted the extension of Aristotelous to the north, to create a large administrative center. During the excavations (1962) for the construction of the city courthouse, the ruins of the Roman Agora (Forum) were discovered. The area was listed as an archaeological site. It was revealed that during the Roman period, the Agora stretched in an area of ​​5 acres and included services such as a documents archive, mint and a conservatory-meeting hall. On its south side, there was a domed arcade, most likely used as a public warehouse. Attached to the gallery, there were shops which survived until the 13th century, according to the sources. At the southeastern part of the findings lies a complex of baths, which is particularly important as the oldest surviving edifice of the late Hellenistic city. During the Byzantine period, the area of the ancient market declined. After the Sultan invited the persecuted Jews of Spanish descent to come reside in Thessaloniki, it was allocated to them to inhabit.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The Ano Poli is the historic old town,called upper Town because of its hilltop location.This atmospheric quarter is characterized by its steep,winding streets and pedestrian alleyways.Amazing views this is a must place visit that you won’t regret”
  • 43 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“Greek cuisine and delicatessen in one big place. Interesting experience! www.ergonfoods.com”
  • 20 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“Outlet stores, multiple brand choices also includes restaurants and cinema!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Plaza
“Agia Sophia is one of the most impressive Byzantine churches of Thesaloniki. It is a very beautiful “Domed Basilica” style temple with an imposing architecture, beautiful wall paintings and elaborate mosaics.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Get your Warhol on at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art A 5-min walk away from the White Tower, you’ll encounter this world-class art hub where prolific international gallerist and collector Alexandros Iolas donated 30 works of global fame (Warhol and Akrithakis are among the permanent collection). Next, take the short taxi ride to Aristoteleous neo-classical main square back on the old seafront. From there, weave your way through the kaleidoscopic open-air Modiano markets dating back to the 12th century, a seductive mesh of scent, sound and colour, dotted with exotic delicatessens in the city heart.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“great bar restaurant in front of the sea, and a great view of the city! don' t forget to visit! a little bit expensive”
  • 50 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“Greek cuisine and delicatessen in one big place. Interesting experience! www.ergonfoods.com”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In a small alley but it’s not a problem to go. Modern Greek dishes. Not only taste good but also looks good.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
“A cozy and elegant place to enjoy your coffee (Greeks love Freddo Espresso) and some special dishes (the risotto is superb)!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Need a brunch? This place is for you! Pancakes, omelettes, toasts and many more! Just be aware that on weekends the place might be full all the time! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This restaurant opening in 2012 is in my opinion a game changer in Thesaloniki's New Gastronomical Path. Their food is absolutely a great representative of what Thessaloniki cusine is all about. They trust small, local producers for their ingredients and a great selection of local cheeses can be purchased for gifts. The prices are average to very affordable for the value that you are getting. Reserving a table would be nice during weekends and holidays, otherwise a 10 minute waiting time is going to work.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Road
“A sofisticated modern restaurant that serves very fresh fish. Delicious plates!!!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Meze Restaurant
“The second Massalia restaurant is to be found at the centre of Thessaloniki, close to the White Tower, (6 Manousagiannaki St, 546 21)”
  • 15 locals recommend

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