FISH AUCTION OF MICHANIONA
Fish is the treasure for New Michaniona, a small town about 32 km away from Thessaloniki and home to one of the largest fishing fleets of Greece. The fish auction is the centre of the fishing trade, providing fish and seafood to the whole of Macedonia. The auction of course is not open to the public but you can reward yourself with a coffee at the picturesque port, eat fresh fish or taste traditional doughnuts, enjoying the wonderful view of Olympus Mountain.
Full of life throughout the day, Athonos Square in the centre of the city is a place loved by
both Thessalonians and tourists alike. Food and nutrition plays the leading part here. You will find spices, all types of tea, nuts, vegetables and fruits, fish, delicatessen products, as well as small boutiques with clothes, handmade accessories, and decoration items. Moreover, your attention will be instantly drawn to the smells of the delicious foods of the Square’s traditional taverns. You can enjoy them both an lunchtime and evening, accompanied occasionally by live greek music. Additionally, in case you want to get acquainted with the traditional side of Athonos Square, visit the picturesque small shops selling handmade wickerwork and small wooden furniture, made by the last remaining skilled craftsmen.
The largest enclosed market of the city, part of this gastronomic tradition, tied to Thessaloniki’s everyday life, was built by the architect Eli Modiano in 1922. It is organized into arcades surrounded by lofts, in accordance with European standards of the time. In Modiano Market you will come across Thessalonians shop meat, fish, cheese, delicatessen products, vegetables, spices and freshly blended coffee, as well as, relax at the traditional taverns. Next to Modiano Market, Louloudadika Market is located, the multi-color outdoor flower market with the Yiahudi (Bazaar) Hamam of 16 th century which currently hosts cultural events.
KAPANI (VLALI MARKET)
One of the most traditional markets of Thessaloniki, Kapani, serves consumers’ needs ever since Ottoman occupation. It’s an essential visiting spot for those interested in the city’s gastronomic history and evolution because through its hospitable alleys, with the two-storey buildings and the little shops, time seems to have stood still. The great variety of products, such as meat, fish, spices, travel equipment, kitchen utensils, clothing, shoes, ecclesiastical and touristic items etc, as well as low prices and location in the city’s centre, make Kapani a very popular destination all day long. The best chance to blend in with the locals and feel Thessaloniki’s beat.