In a city where the main point of interest revolves around football and the white and black striped football team, it’s more than exciting to witness the art of creation and the gentrification of old historic urban areas. Visiting my hometown for a few days I was lucky enough to venture out north of Egnatia avenue and rediscover where the young and talented not only hang out but also create!
Whether you like food or not, you must try stroll down Kapani market to get a sense of the traditional open-air market influenced by the Turkish occupancy of Thessaloniki back in the days. A lot of nego going on and some good treats to feast your eyes (or cameras) on! Once you work an appetite, try heading to Dodoni for some real bougatsa, the infamous phyllo-pastry morning ritual of Thessalonikians. Whether you choose feta cheese, custard or minced meat for filling it doesn’t matter – whatever you try you’ll love!
On your way north you’ll also go through what locals refer to as the Venizelos park, where you can catch the historical Ottoman baths and the church of Chalkeon. Stereo is a nice plain joint to cool down for some coffee unless you’re really into vintage furniture in which case you can visit 2 Concept Store and enjoy the best of both worlds. It’s amazing how much the financial crisis has benefited this side of the city, where new ideas and fresh minds flourish. A bright example is The Caravan Project, a boutique bed and breakfast that feels like it’s taken out of Paris’ Le Marais district.
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