TRAVELS | 48 HOURS IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

This is not your stereotypical city guide.

Let’s start with that. If you’ve never been to Thessaloniki before, it’s a city with quite a few things to see, quite a few things to do.. There are museums, and ancient ruins and fancy restaurants and what not. If that’s not your style, or if you have already ‘been there done that’ keep reading, you may find something you’ll like.


DAY 1 

Start the day with simplicity. You won’t regret it.

Get a sesame bagel that we call Koulouri.

It’s a heavenly crunchy on the outside soft on the inside type of bread ring, bathed in sesame seeds that it’s just as good on its own or paired with chocolate or raisins or your all-time-classic morning jams and jellies. Get a couple, one is never enough, be reasonable.

Head to the docks

..which is quite a conventional thing to do in Thessaloniki, but I’ll let you have one, just the one. Walk across the ocean,take it all in. If you go early enough you’ll enjoy some quiet time interrupted only by the brave ones who went out running the same day you’re double-dipping your koulouri to nutella. ( speaking of, we have an even better version of that as well, it’s called Merenda and there’s a vegan one too,and it tastes a million times better than nutella, yes it’s possible, yes you can send me thank you letters and cards upon request).Take your time, enjoy the view, get some fresh air, then I’m taking you antique hunting.

By which I mean real antique hunting

..the kind you need to get your hands dirty to discover little treasures, not the fancy overpriced shops that we’ve learned to avoid for the shake of our mental health.Head over to Bit Bazaar and you’ll find street vendors randomly scattered around the area, selling all kinds of goods.You may find a rare piece of milk glass for your collection or a designer bag for a fraction of the original price. Make sure you know your brands before you make a purchase, faking it is only acceptable when it comes to fur.

Grab a falafel

(there are plenty of pop up falafel houses growing in popularity around the city, I like going to Garbanzo because the food is unpretentious and the staff super cool. Get the original sandwich for 2,80 € They’ll give you a pita bread stuffed with falafel and then you can add all sorts of yummy toppings.They offer plant-based desserts too, you’re on vacation, let’s share one.

Get some rest because we are going dancing tonight.

Everyone loves 8ball.

Even the ones who hate it, they just love to hate it. It’s more than a venue, it’s where we get to see all the bands we love, big names and all, and also discover the local music scene which bless us we might live in a total wasteland but our local underground bands are to die for.

Don’t die just yet, live another day, you promised me 48 hours. There are two floors so it’s a win-win situation, get ready to mingle and have the time of your life. Head upstairs for a headbangers event, you’ll probably catch a live show if you visit during the weekend and then go downstairs to the disco party, do not resist the temptation, it’s unavoidable. Don’t keep an eye on the clock, focus on your dance moves.

 

DAY 2


 

Get a good nights sleep and grab a glorious cup of coffee and a piece of cake at STEREO Cafe Bar.

The staff is friendly, the coffee is good and you’ll get your daily dose of industrial minimalism. There are fairy lights too,very instagramable. Dog friendly but keep in mind that smoking is allowed indoors, make sure you’re cool with that.

If you are a photography enthusiast you will love the next one.

We are heading over to Stereosis

..a very cool photo library and exhibition space where you can get your second cup of joe while diving into the archives and get inspired. There are workshops and seminars that cover anything and everything from B/W darkroom techniques to advanced aesthetics and semiotics of photography, but if you don’t have time for that it’s ok just go explore the 400 volumes worth of  a photo library and the studio.

Next we are going shopping

..but wait for it (drumroll) this shopping spree is gonna be metal AF because I’m taking you to Nephilim. The most amazing underground store where you can get your band tees, patches, accessories and all sorts of creepy things while listening to whatever the nephilims bless you with on that day. Lady Chelflings: they offer a great selection of band t-shirts made specifically for girls (groundbreaking I know) so that you won’t have to go home and majorly reconstruct them to fit you.Woohoo!

Not ready to call it a day just yet? I was counting on that.

Next stop: Excalibur.

The heavy metal association dedicated to spread the word that hey, metal is still cool.The Club’s headquarters are located on the 8th floor of a semi-ravaged building on Orfanidou street and that raw unfiltered vibe is what makes it even better.

Excalibur F.C. is not an exclusive member club. (quoting:) Its doors are wide open to everyone who shares the same passion with us, HEAVY METAL that is. They are usually open on Fridays and Saturdays,drop them a line on Facebook to be on the safe side.

So let’s go grab a pint and talk about how much fun we’ve had during those 48 hours in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Come back soon, join the Chelfdom, we’ll find something new and exciting to do!

Comments: 44

  1. Greece has always been on my bucket list. Your gorgeous images make me want to go there even more!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you’ll make it soon!

  2. Your post offered a very genuine feel for the city. It made me think of how the natives might enjoy a day off. I love getting the authentic vibe of a place when I travel.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Ah.. days off.. you’re right, people have those once in a while.I can’t remember the last time I took a day off but I love what I do so much so I can’t complain!

  3. I haven’t been to Greece (yet) but would love to go one day. That sesame bagel looks amazing and I would love to go sit on those docks! I’m not much of a shopper, but the antique stores still sound interesting!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hi Stephanie! You should come over for a bagel and a long walk at the flea market!

  4. This sounds like it was a great 48 hours. I love travelling this way. Markets are some of my favourite places to visit. You can always find some hidden treasure. Greece is on our bucket list for travel.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed my guide Laura!

  5. I was in Thessaloniki MANY years ago- this is not the Thessaloniki I knew! LOL Would Love to go back!!! Pinned this to my Travel board!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      More reasons to come back Elisse!

  6. Love how diff this city guide is. Particularly interested in visiting Stereosis and antique hunting. (btw, love the aesthetics of your blog! So clean and minimal)

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you! Clean and minimal is what I was going for! <3

  7. Marjie Mare says:

    I would love to go to Greece and I am grateful to come across your post which makes me realize that I must start planning something soon.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I hope you’ll make it soon Marjie!

  8. AWESOME Post. I love the pics. And that pita thing looked sooooo good!!!!! Love it!!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Jillian! Pita and falafel and the world is already a better place!

  9. Anshika Juneja says:

    I do a lot of research before any trip on quirky things to do, places to eat, and experience the local culture. I’ll be going to Greece, may be in September. Thank you for sharing such amazing and valuable information. This is a very important piece of info for me!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m so happy to hear that Anshika! Drop me a line when the time comes if you need more suggestions!

  10. Love your comment about getting more than one bagel!! Your nails are awesome. I love that you included a walk by the ocean. That is always so important to me whenever we are close to water.

  11. Oh how fun…it looks like an awesome place. This is definitely a place worth visiting.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I don’t know about awesome but it’s worth a visit 😉

  12. It has been a long time since I was near Greece. We visited a couple of the islands but never the mainland. One day we’ll make it there.

  13. I love this guide so much because it is SO STRAIGHT FORWARD!!!! No guess work at all – just the way I like a tour plan!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Well you will have to put a lot of thougth about your falafel toppings but oh well 🙂

  14. It’s been years since I have been to Greece but longing for it now. I have never been to this part and loved reading this guide! Also beautiful photography

    Laura x

  15. I love the feel of your photos and I would absolutely love to visit Greece! Great post.

  16. Ray Ruzzo says:

    Those photos are absolutely beautiful! It looks like a place I’d like to visit!

  17. Janelle says:

    I’ve never been to Greece, but then again I’ve never left America. I’ve only been to a handful of states, you could say that I’m a bit sheltered. This looks amazing, especially that bagel. I am not much for metal bands, but I’d love to go antiquing!

  18. Greece has been om my bucket list of places I want to visit and your post makes my interest stronger. Thanks for sharing

  19. Such cute photos! I LOVE the look of Stereo Cafe Bar and Stereosis. As for antiques, my mother would love that a lot.

  20. Since forever I want to go to Greece! And the food is tempting me even more, the seasame bagel and flafafel! Also, antique hunting – I would so love that!! Amazing post, enjoyed every bit!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      If good food is what you are after, pack your bags, I’ll meet ya at the airport!

  21. A unique look at Greece rather than the typical posts I usually. Well done!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      thank you thank you thank you <3

  22. What a cool getaway and I love the look of that brilliant and big bagel x

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      come over let’s get a couple!

  23. What a great 48 hour trip! Though id get sucked into staying a week and exploring! Where are we going on our next 48 hour trip 😉 let me live through you

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      How about glasgow? And let’s make it a week, shall we?

  24. Kim says:

    I want to really visit Greece now! This seems like it would be a wonderful trip 🙂

  25. Minh Hieu says:

    This sounds like a great 48 hours trip!!! I love all the pictures. They look so beautiful. I hope i will have time to visit here. Thank you for your idea!!

  26. I love your unique tips on where to go in Thessaloniki. I’m not a huge fan of museums and visiting these spots is great way if you needed a break from the tourist spots. The bagel looks yum …I think I would pair it with chocolate! The falafel looks delish too! Stereo cafe bar has such a cool vibe – fab for grabbing a coffee!

  27. Love the places you talked about, they are so unique and full of story. 🙂 Thessaloniki is really all about history, food and enjoying slow life. 🙂

  28. That sesame bagel sounds awesome. And I am with you that you gotta just go out and do the dance moves and focus on that and not the time. Sounds like it was an incredible 48 hours altogether.

  29. Those sesame bagel and the falafel looks so delicious!! Gosh. Can’t wait to visit this place. And even if you have just 48 hours you can stil do so much.

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