Forget air-conditioned malls and beige boutiques, join this Thessaloniki tour to shop like the ancients did. Coppersmiths, butchers, fishmongers, and spice traders have been working in Thessaloniki's markets for centuries, and they still are. Meet them for a living history lesson - it's much more fun than ancient history class was in school.
In the magical city of Thessaloniki, contemporary buildings sit comfortably alongside age-old monuments, and memories from Byzantium are very much alive. Discover this beautiful mix of old and new, east meets west, on this Thessaloniki tour through the city's thriving markets. Discover local artisans producing fine jewelry, leather, copper, and bronze products, in a traditional way, and be blown away by Thessaloniki's natural flair for preserving its traditional market feel with a modern twist. Now that' something worth paying attention to!
This Thessaloniki market tour will start in famous Aristotelous Square. Passing through one of the busiest commercial areas of the city, you will stroll by Turkish baths, flower shops, and locals going about their daily business. We'll make our way to the city's open-air markets, which, with a history that dates back to the 12th century, will be an unforgettable experience. Fish, fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy products, traditional butchers, and spices from the east create a setting that vividly evokes the past. This is the perfect spot to immerse yourself in the flavours of Greece and Thessaloniki food, and it's a pretty great feast for the eyes, too!
Nearby is yet another market, where you’ll have the chance to meet coppersmiths who still preserve the traditional practices behind the profession. We'll walk through a few more markets here, before continuing on to the lively Bit Pazar, an area with a history that dates back to 1928. This will no doubt be a great opportunity to snap some unique Thessaloniki photos of local life!
Your exploration through the hidden markets of Thessaloniki will end in area famous for its role in trading oil, where'll now find some of the city’s best cafes, restaurants, and bars. Stories from years gone by will come alive as your local expert guide leads you through this neighbourhood's atmospheric paved alleys. As our Thessaloniki walking tour finishes here, your guide will be happy to give you tips on a place for lunch in this area (there are plenty of options!), or will be able to give you directions back to your accommodation.