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GASTRONOMY
For the residents of Thessaloniki, sociability is the pinnacle of their way of life and explains why the city, but also the entire Thessaloniki Regional Authoirty, offers so many and such a great variety of places to eat and have fun. In Ano Poli, in the historic center and in Ladadika, as well as in Kalamaria and all of the coastal areas on Thermaic Gulf –Perea, Neoi Epivates, Agia Triada, Epanomi you will find many taverns, places serving ouzo and tidbits (known as “ouzeri”) but alse luxurious restaurants which preserve the traditional local cuisine. Traditional Macedonian dishes, eastern cuisine, herbs and spices brought by the refugees and European cooking compose a unique mosaic which has justifiably rendered Thessaloniki the “capital of gastronomy” in Greece. The art of pastry making also manifests itself, greatly influenced by the refugees of 1922, mainly from Constantinople, and amongst its prime servings we find bugatsa, various syrup-based pastries, ekme kataif, kazan dibi, seker pare and, of course, the renowned trigona (triangle shaped pastries) of Panorama. The delight of a good wine completes Thessaloniki’s tradition in gastronomy, good wine for centuries being the ideal companion and an integral part of Greek culture. The exquisite varieties of Macedonian grapes give us wines with a velvety taste and unique aromas

SHOPPING
Thessaloniki has always been a city of commerce, due to its special geographical location. Its important port played a significant role for the sale and purchase of goods, uniting various people and acting as a passage from East to West and vice versa, resulting in the shaping of a varied and populous market. Today the entire historic center of the city, between Egnatia St. and the Port is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Greece and the Balkans. In the market of Thessaloniki, with its key road axes being Tsimiski St. Mitropoleos St., Proxenou Koromila St., P.P. Germanos St., Agias Sofias St., Ermou and Egnatia a visitor can fist shops stocked with domestic and imported brands and the hippest and most in vogue articles of clothing, footwear, accessories, jewelry and furs. Several major shopping malls have recently been developed both in the eastern and western entrances of the city with branded shops which attract a large number of visitors on a daily basis. Also of interest are the roofed traditional food markets Modiano, Kapani and Vlali which cornucopia competes with variety and low prices.

NIGHTLIFE
Thessaloniki is a city that never sleeps. Nightlife acquires a new meaning and the fun you have will become a treasured memory. As every major city in the world, Thessaloniki offers many alternatives for nightlife to suit all tastes: from traditional to modern popular Greek music and from jazz to rock to all other musical styles. The people of Thessaloniki love the night. It is rare for them to dine before 9 or even 10 o’clock and most restaurants and taverns stay open until at least 1 o’clock in the morning. Clubs and ‘bouzoukia’ open late at night and the fun stays strong until the early hours of the morning. In Ladadika, Aretsou, Nea Krini and the area of Mylos there are many ‘ouzeri’ (places serving ouzo and tidbits), restaurants, taverns and night clubs, catering for all tastes. Near the airport and along the coastal road on the eastern part of Thessaloniki, the night has a more distinctive “Greek” aura, as this is the place where one can find most of the “bouzoukia” nightclubs (clubs with live Greek pop music). There are also many cafes and bars in the center of the city.

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