2 days in Thessaloniki for singles
Thessaloniki is the city that never sleeps. The city where the fun is through the sky. The city with the countless choices for all of you who travel solo. The most suitable city to enjoy your holidays by yourself and have as much fun as if you were with someone else. Its warm and hospitable residents will make you forget that you are traveling alone, giving you the opportunity to make new friends to come back to visit it again and again. So, what can you do, if you have only two days at your disposal?
Start your acquaintance with a visit to the White Tower, the city’s landmark. Continue your journey to history heading for Navarinou Pedestrian Street to see up close the Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda just behind it. As you head downtown, Iktinou and Zefxidos pedestrian streets –crowded spots by the youth of the city– are packed with youthful and up-to-date cafe-bars ideal for a break with a delightful and refreshing coffee. A favourite haunt here is the retro Pasta Flora Darling.
At noon, visit Ladadika, which is heaving with restaurants and taverns, and enjoy the city’s famous cuisine at its best. One of the most popular suggestions is Zithos Brasserie, which offers its unrepentant regulars, as well as its new visitors, fresh coffee in the morning, quality food and cold beer from noon onwards. Next in line of the things to do is to enjoy a coffee in the famous Aristotelous Square or on Nikis Avenue overlooking the waters of Thermaikos Gulf.
The day closes ideally with a "feast" at Athonos Square (Ouzo ston Pinaka is a good choice) or Bit Pazar with tasty mezze accompanied by abundant wine. For drinks, choose any of the various bars in the city centre, like Vogatsikou 3 and Hostel 9, which are famous for their unique cocktails, and don’t forget La Doze, with its up-to-date bar in rare tequilas.
Start your day with aromatic coffee and a hearty breakfast at Local or Pantheon, two of the most popular all-day spots downtown –alternatively, there are also the up-to-date proposals on Mitropoleos Street as well as the perpendicular Karolou Dil Street, Sinatra and Salto, respectively– and continue with a cultural session at the famous Cinema Museum located at Thessaloniki’s port warehouses.
Enjoy the view of Thermaikos Gulf, while walking towards the renovated Nea Paralia, with the various theme parks. From there, head to Kalamaria and Nea Krini for a mid-afternoon tasting experience by the sea. At Aretsou Marina, you will find taverns and restaurants, which are famous for their fresh fish and seafood.
In the afternoon, set sail for Ano Poli. After admiring the view from the Walls, Tsinariou Square welcomes you into its friendly taverns.