Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, is elegant, lively and refined. Often dubbed the Lady of the North or the Bride of the Thermaic, it is filled with age-old ruins and monuments, tavernas and bakeries serving delicious food and a plethora of cafés, as the love Greeks have for coffee will never die. While you will find plenty of places to get your morning started in the city, here is a selection of coffee shops and cafés worth knowing about in Thessaloniki.
Located in the charming Ladadika district, The Blue Cup is what every coffee aficionado’s dreams are made of. Well-stocked with blends from Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Colombia and Honduras, this little industrial-style joint proves that coffee is not for the faint of heart. Whether you prefer a cappuccino, an espresso or a delicious cup of brewed coffee, you will be delighted by the flavors and expertise demonstrated by the staff. After dusk, The Blue Cup turns into a trendy bar, with delicious cocktails and drinks. You know where to find us.
A stone’s throw from the Ancient Agora, Container Art Café is a quiet little coffee shop serving great coffee. There are splendid views of the ruins of the Roman forum, and a refreshingly innovative playlist. It regularly hosts musical performances, art exhibitions and discussion groups. See this place for yourself the next you’re in town.
Located in the western suburb of Neapoli, Merenda is a colorful café-bar where you can enjoy delicious coffee and snacks well into the afternoon and wine and cocktails after sundown. This hotspot with a retro vibe has a verdant and colorful patio on which to relax. Merenda is a popular joint with locals. The name comes from Merenda chocolate paste, the Greek Nutella, and is sure to sweeten your days in Thessaloniki.
A tranquil café-library, Coffice – Books & Coffee is located in Kalamaria, east of the city’s center. Enjoy your coffee while reading a book from the shelves, and even borrow it afterwards. The menu includes homemade sweets, snacks and a few good dishes. A paradise for book lovers.
If you find yourself in Ano Poli and in need of a little pick-me-up, then head to Little Big House. It is actually a hostel, but it features an excellent terrace from which you can savor a great cup of beans while enjoying the quiet atmosphere. With a young international crowd, the place feels like you just landed in a cosmopolitan city. Practice your German, play some board games or simply enjoy the vibe. The €2 breakfast is also a good deal.
What happens when a record store, a radio station and a vintage clothing store get together? Well, you get To Pikap. This unique hybrid place near the Roman Agora seamlessly blends old-school style with a modern vibe. The café works on a self-service basis. If you drop by between 3:00 and 7:00 PM from Tuesday to Saturday, you may catch live shows. After 7:00 PM, DJs spin vinyl on the decks, or enjoy the regularly held live performances, exhibitions and screenings.
Ever entered a restaurant or a coffee shop and wanted to buy all the furnishings? At 2 Concept Store, it is possible. This multi-purpose venue is a furniture store (homemade and vintage), a gallery and a café. The bright and colorful place combines interior design and art. Relax in the lovely space and drink a coffee, then purchase the chair you sat in! There is also an exhibition area where customers can discover the work of up-and-coming artists. But be warned—you might have to restrain yourself from buying the whole place.
Spoon, with an industrial-meets-classroom aesthetic, has almost a cult following. Located on Pavlou Mela, it’s the perfect breakfast and brunch spot. The menu is filled with homemade sweets, salads, tasty sandwiches, waffles and crepes. For drinks, between the delicious coffee and tea, you will also find a selection of wines and beers, all 100% made in Greece. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Run by sisters Kali and Maria, Piece of Cake is one of those intimate, shoebox places that you don’t want to leave. With delicious (and cheap) coffee, smiley staff and great music, Piece of Cake is the place for scrumptious sweets and pastries (such as the highly praise Red Velvet), coffee and even drinks (their unique cocktails are dirt cheap). It’s open all day long. Save us a chair?