I so love this place ! I was really amazed when I first came here. It is so smart and modern and urban and relaxed at the same time.
It is really a multi space, with a bar space + an artistic space for events and exhibitions. It holds guest dj events and is very popular for student crowds but also older urban people.
If somebody does not take you there, it will be very difficult to find. It is completely out of sight from the main street – Egnatia – hidden behind a curtain.
Where : Egnatia 45
This is the #1 destination for anyone who is stuck in the city or just returned from vacations and want to feel like they did not. If you are in town for a few days only this is a must visit as it combines the historical visit with a relaxed drink or dinner.
This is a 16th century building that was originally build as a Hamam during the Otoman era. It later became an open air cinema, then a place for cultural events and after that remained closed for several years.
It is now more beautiful than ever, functioning as a relaxed coffee bar restaurant. It is located just behind the church of Saint Demetrios so you can go for a coffee right after your visit to the church. As dusk falls, the place completely transforms to an exotic back yard with the big screen showing chill out videos transferring your mind to far away places !
Where : Ag. Nikolaou & Kassandrou
It took me a while to visit this fantastic restaurant that the whole city is talking about and I have to say I am sorry. It is literally a hidden gem and well worth the effort you will make to find it.
The food is excellent, the atmosphere friendly and relaxed. Although we went on a day with a heat wave it was fully packed and had to wait a lot for our food to arrive. So if you want sth fast don’t go, but if you want to experience the famous chill out mindset of our city combined with excellent food and drinks you should not miss it !
Where : Amvrosiou str ( close to Antigonidon )
What a place ! This is a restaurant that was surely missing from our “loco” city ! It opened about 6 months ago and became an instant hit for young crowds mainly.
The look is 50’s American Diner but the surprise is that there is a whole vintage bus inside where you can sit and eat !! Super crazy and super fun !!
The food offers options like pizza, burgers and more. You can also go for a drink as the cocktails list is quite good !
Where : Komninon 3
What can I say for this place… It is the ultimate urban retro mix coffee drinks place. Although, in the city centre, this is a relatively quiet location with trees around setting up a beautiful atmosphere.
It is located just off the Ancient Roman Forum so it is a great stop for a coffee or drink. Pay attention to every detail inside and you will fall in love with this place.
Tip: It is named after the owners’ dog that you might spot there sitting next to you. Take a good look at the photo because the name in the sign is written in greek.
Where: Olympou 87
metamatic:taf is a well known multicultural space in Athens that very recently opened it’s sister place in Thessaloniki !
I discovered it by accident this weekend, since it is hidden in an old building off-valaoritou area.
They informed us that they had just opened a week ago and we were very happy for the new discovery !
What is it ? It is a bar and also art space.
As you can see there is already an art exhibition at the front space. The building itself is really amazing and the whole atmosphere very relaxed and post modern.
metamatic:taf Thessaloniki is located in the cultural and entertainment center of the city at an abandoned until recently listed building at Edessis street. It aims to be an independent establishment implementing events related to all forms of artistic production, open and accessible to the public all year round, seven days a week.
Through practices that strengthen people’s participation and solidarity, all members of the community and especially young people are given the opportunity to implement and present their creative ideas, thus contributing to the formation of the city’s cultural policy and identity.
Where: 5 Edessis str., Ano Ladadika
Vogatsikou 3 is the new hot place in town ! It opened only a few weeks ago in the place of the town’s most famous bar of the 90’s, Bel Air and has quality written all over it !
The spirits collection is impressive, the cocktail list magnificent, the style and atmosphere amazing !
I really don’t know if it is the energy of the place itself that makes it unique or the new concept of the bar, I think both.
This is a place that even if you are not a heavy drinker you will want to try everything. The spirits offered are premium quality and you will have the chance to experience unique tastes and brands.
If you are a fan of cocktails, then this is your place. There are more than 70 cocktails on the catalog. If you find it difficult to choose, then just ask the bartenders to help, they are very professional and helpful with suggestions.
The crowd is a mix of the trendy crowd of the 90’s who are still enjoying a good night out and the younger generation. The music is also a mix that applies to all age groups, upbeat with a soulful twist, and gives the final touch.
Overall, I was really impressed by the combination of top quality drinks, music, service and atmosphere. I give a 10/10 and will certainly be back very soon !
Finally a bar like it is supposed to be !
As we are getting ready for spring, we always search for new places to enjoy the city’s seaside view.
A new place the opened recently close to my office is Place De La Liberté, a french style bistro cafe.
It is perfect for a short midday coffee break or after work drink. The area does not actually have many options for this type of coffee bars so this one is highly recommended.
The french style is enhanced by the croissant that comes with your coffee, unless you choose greek coffee, then in this case the classic “biscotoloukoumo” is served !
Place De La Liberté is a great suggestion to enjoy coffee or sunset drink with seaside view in an elegant environment !
It is conveniently located by the port, bank areas, and film festival venues.
Place De La Liberté
Café and Bar
Nikis av. 1 & Venizelou, Thessaloníki
I was really troubled if I should write about this place in the blog, because it is my # 1 favourite winter place for the last 3 years and is already quite crowded.
I finally decided that a) it is not fair to keep secrets, b) who reads this blog anyway, c) the universe will give back to me someday, so here it is, the one and only, Coq au Zen !
What I most love about this place is the unique atmosphere. It is located in a small old shopping arcade, so in the daytime you will also see small shops open next to it. As night time approaches, the arcade is transformed to an atmospheric bar and you forget you are in Thessaloniki.
Coq au Zen has good quality drinks and menu, an interesting selection of wines, and is also a good option for a lunch break or early dinner. After 22.00 it gets really crowded, except from the summer days where people prefer more outdoor settings.
The music is also very eclectic and quite different night after night, depending on the dj.
Don’t be surprised if you hear a live piano set, there is one at the back and not only for decoration !
Coq Au Zen
CityZen is an elegant wine bar that opened one year ago. Although new in town, it quickly became a favourite among wine lovers.
Featuring an extensive wine list which you can also enjoy by the glass, elegant atmosphere and music ranging from lounge to upbeat depending on the time, it is a stylish all day wine bar.
It’s central location and setting make it an ideal choice for winter.
The crowd is from mid 20’s up to much older but always classy and stylish. The older ones are actually mostly people who know how to have fun and you can find out for yourselves if there is a special occasion party. I’ve been there to such parties myself and all the crowd was dancing like pre-crisis times ! This is not the normal style of this bar though.
Overall it is a place to find Zen in the City, like it’s name suggests, and is actually one of the best suggestions to chill out with a coffee or drink after a day of work or shopping !
P.P.Germanou 12, 54622, Thessaloníki