A shopper’s paradise
The shops and shopping streets of Thessaloniki can take their place proudly beside those of any European capital. Along Tsimiski, Agias Sophias, Mitropoleos, Karolou Diehl, Proxenou Koromila and Aristotelous streets, there are numerous haute-couture boutiques, gift shops and jewellers – all offering a wide range of quality goods to satistfy the most demanding of customers. Other commercial streets in the centre offering a wide choice of
goods to shoppers are Ermou, Egnatia, Pavlou Mela, Vassileos Irakleiou, Venizelou and Ionos Dragoumi streets. All the major international fashion houses are represented in Thessaloniki, while local craftsmen produce their own masterpieces in leather, copper and bronze, not to mention the fine work of the city’s jewellers. Drawing its inspiration from the inexhaustible treasures of the region’s history, as well as the natural environment and culture, the art of the Greek jeweller has been producing fascinating and
exquisite work for more than 5,000 years.
Thessaloniki is also renowned for its food markets. At the Modiano Market, the visitor will find the Thessaloniki – or rather, the Greece – he has come in search of: authentic
cuisine, rich in colour and flavour. Within the Modiano Market, adjacent to the butchers’, fishmongers’ and greengrocers’ stalls, you will also find little tavernas, cafés and ouzo bars, many of them frequented by local artists.
As in so many other facets of its life, in shopping as well Thessaloniki combines the traditional with the modern, the old and familiar with the latest trends from abroad. The latest development has been the opening of numerous shopping malls, some of which are right in the city centre, while the larger ones are located on the outskirts of the city.