We are in the heart of the summer season and dear Thessaloniki visitors, today I am going to tell you about a great place to eat – ERGON !
Ergon is a restaurant and deli which opened it’s doors in March 2012 as a new concept store in the heart of Thessaloniki. Now it has 5 more sister stores in Greece, one in London and more are expected to come soon !
Ergon instantly became talk of the town – in the city known for good food – since it features classic greek recipes with a modern twist.
If you are more than 2 people, it is best to take a few dishes in the middle to share, greek style. That way you will have the chance to taste various dishes. Whatever you do, don’t leave without having a dessert !
With head chef the famous Dimitri Skarmoutso, fine quality first materials, and good prices there is no surprise for this success.
The restaurant in Thessaloniki, is not very big, and they don’t accept reservations so if you don’t find a place to sit go back in a less crowded hour, because it would be really a shame to miss this culinary experience. The menu changes often so I am giving you their webpage to check the current one.
If you enjoy your lunch or dinner – and I am 100% sure that you will, the deli next door will give you the chance to take with you a taste of Thessaloniki !
3-5 I. Kouskoura Str.
Located on the upper part of Aristotelous square, you can easily miss it as you pass through Filippou or Olympou street as it is located a few meters below street level.
This is however a very important historical monument in the heart of the city !
The Roman ‘forum’ (market place complex) of the time of the Antonines and the Severans (2nd-3rd century AD) was situated on the site where possibly the Hellenistic ‘agora’ once stood. Due to the incline, the buildings were disposed on two terraces (Upper and Lower Agora) connected by a stone staircase.
The square Upper Agora was paved and surrounded by stoae (porticoes) with two-tiered columns and decorated floors. On the eastern side there was the library and the odeum. Because of the considerable difference between the two levels, a ‘cryptoporticus’ (double subterranean stoa) was constructed under the south portico of the Upper Agora; this structure faced the Lower and served as supporting wall for the Upper Agora and as refuge in bad weather.
The facade of the ‘forum’ towards the Via Regia (present-day Via Egnatia) was splendid: the two-tiered southern stoa of the Lower Agora had a platform to the south-east and bore relief figures of Maenads, Dionysos, Ganymede etc. – today in the Louvre Museum – known as ‘idols’ or ‘Las Incantadas’ (the bewitched ones).
There is a “hidden” museum inside the market, also not easily visible, but once you are there, ask if it is open.
01Jun – 31Oct Mon-Sun, 0800-1500
01Nov – 31May Tue-Sun, 0800-1500
||• Free admission• Fixed hours• Organized archeological site
||• Mosaics(Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324)• Stoas(Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324)• Odeum(Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324)• Buildings(Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324)
||• Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324
This is the event of the week ! Fortunately it lasts almost all week so you have still time to go !
From June 30 to July 3rd Thessaloniki, and most specifically Haven Bar is transformed to Havana, Cuba !
I was there last night and I must tell you one thing – if you are in town don’t miss it !!
The atmosphere and energy was amazing. There was a big cuban street party with DYI mojitos sponsored by Havana Club, live music and dance !
The organisation of the event is simply amazing. At the entrance you receive your passport and then get inside where with you are given the ingredients to make your own mojito. Bartenders at the special kiosks inform you about the history of cuban mojito and help you make it yourself. Of course making a mojito is really simple and easy, so once you make it you enjoy it for free with the sound of cuban music.
When I left I just wished there was a bar like this for the whole summer.
Today and tomorrow at Haven bar ! See you there !