The Greeks have a saying: “A good day starts with a good morning”. And a good morning in Thessaloniki always starts with an energizing breakfast. Luckily the “Bride of Thermaikos” is full of great places to enjoy a strong coffee and the city’s unique culinary creations such as trigona Panoramatos and bougatsa. Here are the ten best places to kick your morning off perfectly.
Terkenlis patisserie was established in 1948 and nowadays it is synonymous with the tastiest brioche (tsoureki in Greek) in Thessaloniki. The classic brioche is worth visiting for alone, best eaten alongside a strong coffee, but the patisserie also makes decadent versions like brioche stuffed with black and white chocolate, chestnuts, strawberries or lemon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visitors to the Museum of Byzantine Culture also have the opportunity to enjoy the dishes of the award-winning chefs Sotiris Evangelou and Chrysa Koniordou, who created a Mediterranean menu for its B Restaurant, Influences from French and the Italian cuisine run through the menu, full of interesting interpretations of baguettes, omelettes and club sandwiches. Don’t miss the delicate pumpkin and leek tart for brunch.
Shark, overlooking the city’s beach, is a pleasant way to start your weekend in Kalamaria. Here you can enjoy basic, but tasty, breakfasts for just 5€ on the weekends. It’s also worth a visit at night for a drink, when the music gets turned up loud and the place is thick with atmosphere and crowded with young locals and tourists.
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.
One of the most charming spots in Ladadika, this small bistro is open daily from 8:00 a.m. for coffee, hot chocolate, home-made cherry juice and rare selections of tea. The marble tables and the genteel atmosphere of the 100-year-old building give the whole experience an air of relaxed elegance.
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.