Chef Dimitris Koparanis’ “bougatsan“, a cross between a croissant and a Greek custard pie, is just one out of many reasons to start your day at Estrella. Some of those other reasons are found on the excellent breakfast menu, such as fluffy omelets with avocado and feta cheese, cheese salad with cherry tomatoes, bacon with eggs and halva cream with chocolate and brioche.
Estrella, 48 Pavlou Mela Street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 231 027 2045
La Place Mignonne gives you a good reason to wake up early on Sunday morning and enjoy a rejuvenating breakfast or brunch after a Saturday night dancing in the bars and clubs of Ladadika. Until 2pm you can fill your plate over and over again from the wonderful buffet with pancakes, crepes, eggs cooked as you like them, crispy bacon, fresh salads, cereals, cake and brioche. Don’t miss the koulouri Thessalonikis, Greek sesame dough rings.
La Place Mignonne, 4 Ethnikis Aminis Street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 231 028 8354
A no-nonsense cafe in the heart of the city, offering breakfast, brunch and some light dishes. The excellent coffee and delicious homemade omelets are recommended. Come on your lunch break and enjoy a juicy burger or a hearty club sandwich.
Casa Madre, 10 Agias Theodoras Street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 231 025 7568
Candybar Café is a cozy little spot, with friendly staff, long opening hours and low prices. It is usually crowded as a result, full of loyal patrons enjoying its unique creations. Enjoy morning coffee, fresh juice or hot chocolate accompanied by gorgeous homemade delicacies such as cheesecake, cupcakes, and white chocolate or caramel pie.
If you need caffeine to get going in the morning then Piece of Cake serves some of the blackest and strongest in Thessaloniki. Accompany your coffee with cupcakes and fresh home-made sweet dishes like apple pie and orange cakes. The signature trifle made with fresh strawberries and Oreos might not be traditional brunch food, but you’ll wish it was.
Piece of Cake, 19 Xrysostomou Smyrnis Street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 231 024 2525
A tea paradise in the center of Thessaloniki, To Tsai offers a wide range of rare tea selections from all over the world, accompanied by wonderful tarts, authentic quiche lorraine, tea cupcakes, apple pies and cakes. If you don’t want a hot drink, you can also start your day with a refreshing glass of delicious homemade lemonade.
To Tsai, 27 Karolou Ntil Street, Thessaloniki, Greece,+30 231 026 5650
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