A great place for a stroll and a coffee on your trip to Thessaloniki is Aristotelous Square, the city’s central square that has a handy information kiosk at its centre.
Markets play an important role in Mediterranean culture, and the best and busiest ones here are the Modiano and Kapani markets, just west of the main square. Here you can pick up all sorts of spices, fresh produce and household items, and enjoy a traditional lunch in the tavernas.
One of the biggest attractions of Thessaloniki is its beautiful sandy beach. You can take a long, relaxing walk from Thessaloniki Concert Hall to Pier 1, 5km away, dropping in to the cafés and eateries that line the promenade.
The city’s main entertainment district is Ladadika, now packed with classy venues and smart restaurants. It’s a great place to have lunch or dinner followed by a walk along the winding streets.
The only residential quarter of Thessaloniki to have survived the devastating fire of 1917 intact is Ano Poli, which is famous for its maze of alleyways, old-fashioned two-storey houses and absence of traffic. It has a traditional Greek village ambience and you can get good views of the city from the Trigoniou Tower here.