Tastes of Thessaloniki
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What do you get when you combine Greek coffee, pastries and breads, sweets, meze, and ouzo? Apart from a minor bout of indigestion, you also get one of the best introductions into Greek cuisine and culture, all on this tasty Thessaloniki tour.
Discover Thessaloniki through its distinct local flavors.
Sample all kinds of delicious Thessaloniki food, from savoury bites to delicious sweet treats.
Sip on Greek coffee and learn about it origins.
Wander through the city's magical open-air markets.
Sip on ouzo in one of the Thessaloniki’s best ouzeris.
Local English speaking escort; Coffee; Local snack; Ouzo & meze; Gyros; Sweet.
Items of a personal nature; Tips & gratuities for your guide.
Hours of operation
Available: Monday - Saturday; Start time at 9:30am.
Approximately 3.5 - 4 hours.
Meeting point: Kinissi Palace Hotel - at the hotel's cafe (41 Egnatia Street & 17 Siggrou Street).
Finish Point: Aristotle’s square, in front of Venizelos statue, on Egnatia Street.
Begin your Thessaloniki tour from Aristotelous Square, where you'll meet your local guide. Kickstart the tour with a cup of Greek coffee just like the locals do - there's no other way to start the day in Greece! You'll be learning all about this delicious brew from your local guide as you sip on it, nicely easing you into the day, and your tour.
Continue your journey with your local guide to the busy commercial areas of Thessaloniki, sampling many flavours along the way. Try koulouri and bougatsa – small round breads with tasty sesame seeds. While koulouri is a fairly plain (but nonetheless delicious!), bougatsa can be filled with almost anything – cream, spinach, cheese, mince and much more. With both breads having a history that dates back to the Byzantine era, koulouri and bougatsa are undoubtedly fascinating foods that you simply have to try in Thessaloniki.
Next on this Thessaloniki walking tour, we'll take a wander through Thessaloniki’s two best-known open-air markets. With charming paved alleys, hundreds of people and fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, spices, dairy, homemade products, and many local specialties filling the stalls, the markets have a unique and vibrant atmosphere that’s sure to captivate. Listen to market tales from your local guide, and drink in the sights and smells of your surroundings.
Move on to Athonos Square, and be amazed by beautiful scenery that compliments the numerous old-world ouzeris and small taverns. Visit one of the best ouzeris in the city and taste meze accompanied with ouzo or tsipouro - some flavors you won't be forgetting in a hurry, that's for sure!
Your Thessaloniki tour could not end without a visit to one of the city’s oldest confectioneries for a sample of siropiasta. These syrupy sweets are still made from the original recipes that Greek refugees brought with them during the1920s from Istanbul and Asia Minor, the perfect Thessaloniki food to finish off this tour (and aid your digestion!).
This Thessaloniki food tour ends here, and you can either stay on to explore the area further or your guide can accompany you back to Aristotelous Square.
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below 6 years of age are not permitted.
In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe and dress codes are similar to those you are used to at home. Please note though that in many churches modest dress is required, no shorts or skimpy tops are permitted.
This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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