Food in Thessaloniki

Food & Drinks in Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia

A tasteful trip to the city where for centuries food was not only a human need but an experience and an art as well.

It is not an exaggeration to argue that Thessaloniki is the "Mecca" of food. Being for centuries a crossroad of civilizations and hosting so many different cultures its cuisine involves an extraordinary mixture of tastes that fit influences of the Balkans, the Asia Minor, the Black Sea area, the Greek mainland, and Europe.

Food was always playing a significant role in the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Thessaloniki. The immigrant populations from Constantinople, Pontos, and Asia Minor considered the meal as a means of communication that affected every single perspective of life such as family, business, religion, and entertainment. This approach together with a series of new tastes were merged with the local cuisine and with other influences constructed an extraordinary mosaic of tastes.

The visitor of Thessaloniki today has the opportunity to go through a unique food experience at the numerous restaurants, tavernas, and local "fast food" spots of the city. For example, starting the day with a "koulouri Thessalonikis" or the famous "mpougatsa" is almost a must. Then, someone can continue with "gyro" the famous Greek fast food, or visit a taverna in Ladadika, Bit Pazar, and Athonos square. All those are just some of the countless choices at this trip of taste that everyone should make by visiting the city of Thessaloniki.

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