The district southeast of Thessaloniki's historic center, surrounded by Tsimiski, Dragoumi, Salaminos and Kountouriotou streets, is one of the city's most charming places and well worth exploring.
Ladadika took its name from the olive oil merchants who had set up their shops there until 1917. That year, although the district had survived a major fire, a gradual decline began. Decades later, after the earthquake of 1978, it was virtually abandoned and lost the character and the charm it once had.
In 1985, a landmark year for the district, Ladadika was classified as a preserved settlement and in 1990 it was included in a renovation program. Brothels were gradually replaced with local stores, crime was eliminated and gave way to a beautiful scene full of scents and colors.
Today, you can have a small taste of the old times as the district has retained its authenticity, and you can enjoy tasty treats in neat restaurants and have fun until morning in friendly bars.