Covered Markets of Thessaloniki

« Modiano - Kapani »

Entertainment in Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia

A combination of contemporary marketplaces and unique spots with special atmosphere.

There is no doubt that the covered markets include a different aspect of the way of life of Thessaloniki. They are characterized by a distinctive atmosphere that travels the visitor to another era. Among them are Kapani, Modiano, Athonos, and Bezesteni, from which the two first are the biggest and the most popular ones.

Kapani (or Vlali Market) is the oldest traditional market of Thessaloniki that dates from the 15th century, while it is located on the west side of Aristotelous Square. The first version of the market's name derives from the Turkish expression "Un Kapan-i" which literally means flour market.

After the beginning of the Greek revolution of the northern parts of Greece in 1821, the Ottoman rule executed at Kapani a great number of Greeks and Greek officials who were accused of being members of the Greek secret revolutionary organization (Filiki Etairia). Among them, bishops, priests, and George Vlalis the first member of Filiki Etairia in Thessaloniki. His name was given to the market after 1912 when Thessaloniki became a member of the Hellenic State.

Modiano is another covered market situated just some meters from Kapani and was built between 1922 and 1925 after a great fire on the site of the old Talmud Tora synagogue. The name of the market derives from the Italo-Jewish architect of the project Eli Modiano who was the owner of the area and the market itself.

Both markets offer countless shopping opportunities at very affordable prices. Among others, someone can find many kinds of meat, fish, herbs, spices, cheese, and many other things that have to do with cooking, as well as clothes and shoes. For those who like the spirit of the market but doesn’t want to buy something, there are many choices of small cafés or small restaurants where the visitor can have ouzo and mezes (something like Spanish tapas).

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Last Update: 16 Jul 2020
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