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Top Choice Church in Thessaloniki

Church of Agios Dimitrios

This enormous 5th-century structure honours Thessaloniki’s patron saint. A Roman soldier, Dimitrios was killed around AD 306 at this former Roman bath site by order of Emperor Galerius, infamous persecutor of Christ…
Top Choice Museum in Thessaloniki

Museum of Byzantine Culture

This fascinating museum has plenty of treasures to please Byzantine buffs, plus simple explanations to introduce the empire to total beginners. More than 3000 Byzantine objects, including mosaics, intriguing tomb pa…
Top Choice Modern Greek in Thessaloniki


Ever-popular Paparouna has dishes as vibrant as its interior design. Bright primary-coloured walls and a checkerboard floor set the tone for bold flavours such as thyme-infused cocktails, salads of sea fennel and sp…
Top Choice Museum in Thessaloniki

Archaeological Museum

Macedonia's major prehistoric and ancient Macedonian and Hellenistic finds are housed in this museum, bar Vergina's gold tomb finds, which are exhibited in Vergina. Highlights include the Derveni Crater (330–320 BC)…
Top Choice Greek in Thessaloniki

Taverna to Igglis

Slow-cooked pork shank in thyme, ever-changing daily specialities and marinated meat grills that defy science with their succulence. This local fave in Ano Poli is away from the crowds and has delicious dishes that …
Top Choice Taverna in Thessaloniki

Kouzina Kioupia

Bright, friendly and spilling onto the plaza, this welcoming taverna fills with happy local families and tables full of friends. Straightforward taverna dishes are served with flare, and a good time is had by all. O…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Thessaloniki

Iktinou au Trottoir

Tucked away on pedestrian alley Iktinou, this bar sparkles at night with cocktails as rainbow-coloured as the fairy lights strung around the outdoor area. Generous free snacks accompany a couple of cocktails; servic…
Mediterranean in Thessaloniki

Dore Zythos

With their view of the White Tower, Zythos' outside tables are a scenic spot to pummel bread into smoky fava beans or feast on beautifully smoked pork.
Sweets in Thessaloniki


Glistening syrup-soaked treats have been luring dessert fans into Chatzis since 1908, back when Thessaloniki was still an Ottoman city. Try the moist, sugar-rush-inducing revani (syrupy semolina cake), chickpea and …
International in Thessaloniki

Kitchen Bar

Gaze out at the Gulf of Thessaloniki (Thermaïkos Kolpos) from this cafe-restaurant housed in a port warehouse. Seize an outdoor table (if you're quick); order a cocktail and risotto; and people-watch the style-consc…