Exploring local markets is an excellent way to discover the city's culture. Foodies will appreciate seasonal fruits and veggies, regional cheeses and street food. Additionally, you can find anything from modern necessities of life to artisanal handmade cosmetics.
Here are some of the main markets you should check out:
Kapani Market — the oldest open public market in Thessaloniki. Focused on Greek delicacies, traditional cafes, tavernas and bakeries. Smack in the city centre, it sprawls over several pedestrian streets and some parts are covered.
Athonos Square — a spot for small traditional shops that offer spices and food products, handmade patio furniture and wicker crafts. Some jewelry, clothing and craft designer shops have sprung up in the last few years.
Modiano Market — was build in the 1920s and resembles some Parisian markets. Here. you'll find traditional food items and a good selection on modern and old-fashioned tavernas.
Bezesteni Market — a former Turkish bath with from the 15th century now houses housing clothing, florist and jewelry shops. You can take the stairs to the attic and have a closer look at the six domes. Worth a visit for the architectural value alone.
Martiou Market — takes place every Saturday at Martiou, a neighborhood at the eastern part of the city. Fishermen bring fresh catch from the Northern Aegean and from around the Halkidiki region. Fish of all sizes, mussels and octopuses won't stay on the counters long! Come early.