24 Hours in THESSALONIKI

Wanderguide by

Christina Pan

How to Spend 24 Hours in Thessaloniki

A day in Thessaloniki can surely be a full one! Take a look at these recommendations if you're preparing a trip to this magnificent city.

Thessaloniki Highlights

Here are a few places and attractions that are a must-see while in Thessaloniki.

Image - Aristotelous Square
Place
Aristotelous Square
Christina:This is the main square of the city, named after Aristotle.
Image - Port of Thessaloniki
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Port of Thessaloniki
Christina:You can start your wandering in the city from the city port. There you will meet many young people enjoying their walk. Especially at weekends the place is crowded!
Image - White Tower of Thessaloniki
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White Tower of Thessaloniki
Christina:Too many stairs, I know... but the view from above is amazing!
Image - Travelade Image
Place
Megalou Alexandrou
Christina:The next route I would recommend that you follow is along the beach. There, it is a clever idea to either to rent a bike, or an electronic scooter and ride along the seaside part of the city.
Image - Thessbike Δημαρχιακό Μέγαρο Θεσσαλονίκης
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Thessbike Δημαρχιακό Μέγαρο Θεσσαλονίκης
Christina:Here you can find and rent your bike.
Image - Ano Poli
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Ano Poli
Christina:In the evening you can ascend towards Ano Poli and the castles. You can explore the picturesque alleys and walk along the byzantine baileys. When the sunset comes, you can enjoy it from the blockhouse which has got a view of the entire city. The colors and the scenery will not leave you indifferent.
Image - Little Big House
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Little Big House
Christina:Cute place in an wonderful neighbourhood in the old city (ano poli). The rooftop garden is amazing with great view. You can visit it to have a coffee or a cold lemonade
Image - The Met Hotel
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The Met Hotel
Christina:An elegant and modern hotel with a beautiful rooftop garden that has a pool and a great view over the city
Image - Modiano Market
Place
Modiano Market
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Vegetarian places in Thessaloniki

Vegan and Vegetarian Choices in Thessaloniki

Image - The Saints Stores
Place
The Saints Stores
Christina:An all-vegan restaurant serving fresh organic food all day. The food is absolutely amazing. Also I love the concept of tis restaurant. The interior design is unique, characterized by wood decoration.
Image - eleφant in the rooμ
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eleφant in the rooμ
Christina:Nice interiors.
Image - rOOTS Vegetarian & Vegan Place
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rOOTS Vegetarian & Vegan Place
Christina:A cute place offering vegan and vegetarian food.
Image - Falafel House
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Falafel House
Christina:Great falafel that has a magical taste!
Image - Falafel Taste Middle East
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Falafel Taste Middle East
Christina:One of my favourite falafel places!
Image - Garbanzo Falafel
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Garbanzo Falafel
Christina:I love this place! Nice design, not expensive and amazing falafel and patatas bravas.
Image - Falaifel
Place
Falaifel
Christina:Yet another great falafel place, near the center.
Image - MAMA'S TAPER
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MAMA'S TAPER
Christina:it's not a vegan place but you can find many vegetarian/vegan dishes

Coffee & Drinks

Here are the places where can you find the best coffee, smoothies and beer(!) in Thessaloniki.

Image - JOIN juice bars
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JOIN juice bars
Christina:I think for this place, the motto is healthy life! Go there to have a refreshing juice or a smoothie. Also, you can grab one of the great sandwiches.
Image - Pepper Thessaloniki
Place
Pepper Thessaloniki
Christina:I love the balcony on the first floor because you can see the sea and the harbour. A great choice for a café with a view.
Image - Efimerida
Place
Efimerida
Christina:Efimerida is a café-bar opposite the white tower, which is a good choice if you want to relax with a cool beer!
Image - Casablanca Social Club
Place
Casablanca Social Club
Christina:Casablanca Social Club is great for late nights.
Image - Travelade Image
Place
Valaoritou
Christina:As far as the night is concerned, the choices are numerous for your nightlife of Thessaloniki. Valaoritou street is definitely one of them! Some of my favorite bars are La Doze and Ourania with a lovely roof garden.
Image - La doze
Place
La doze
Christina:Nice Bar in Valaoritou Area.
Image - Υpsilon
Place
Υpsilon
Image - Aigli Yeni Hammam
Place
Aigli Yeni Hammam
Christina:A great club with really good DJs.
Image - Ladadika
Place
Ladadika
Christina:Now, if you are hungry, you can walk to Ladadika. There you will find many taverns and restaurants for every taste. Zythos is definitely a worthy choice, and its cuisine will undoubtedly prove its value. Also you can find bars and cafés.

Shopping

In Thessaloniki you can find all the usual retail chains like Zara or H&M but you can also find more stores. Here are some suggestions.

Image - Kate
Place
Kate
Christina:Here you can find designers bags such as Valentino and others. Also clothes from Greek designers like Madame Shou Shou and Caravan.
Image - PHILLY
Place
PHILLY
Christina:A great store with beautiful dresses.
Image - Mediterranean Cosmos
Place
Mediterranean Cosmos
Christina:Mediterranean Cosmos is a shopping mall where you can many different shops.
Image - Underground Shop
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Underground Shop
Christina:If your style is more athletic here you can find shoes, leggings, bags and more. And designers like adidas, vans and puma.
Image - Notos Galleries
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Notos Galleries
Christina:A department store in the city center.

Beaches Near Thessaloniki

Image - Epanomi
Place
Epanomi
Christina:In Epanomi you can find the Potamos beaches. It's just 30 minutes away from Thessaloniki and the beach its very big with clean water. It is situated between the town and the beach resorts of Halkidiki.
Image - Geoponika
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Geoponika
Image - Halkidiki
Place
Halkidiki
Christina:Halkidiki is the favourite place of the locals. It's not so far from Thessaloniki and the beaches are great.
Image - Litochoro
Place
Litochoro
Christina:Litochoro Beach is a sandy area on the Plaka coast. It's about 90km from Thessaloniki.