3. Thessaloniki Gastronomy & Culture Walking Food Tour
The main characteristic of Thessaloniki that the Standard Gastro Route is going to explore is its multiculturalism. This route is designed in detail to introduce you to the essential and authentic spots of gastronomy and culture at the heart of Thessaloniki. It’s a tribute to local significant food trademarks such as the famous “koulouri” and the queen of pastries, “bougatsa”. And then, a real dive into local recipes and gastronomic spots that would never catch a traveler’s eye. We are going to discover a variety of daily fished seafood, dairy products, marinated anchovies, herbs and fresh meat choices perfectly combined in the local cuisine while wandering through the famous food markets, the grocery stores and pastry shops. But, what you will enjoy the most as a guest is the unique experience and enthusiasm that chef Panos offers while guiding you through the crossroads of taste and gastronomic history. You will feel like a local strolling around the food markets, tasting and discovering flavors that have been mixed during the centuries. You will learn about the different ancient varieties of olives, you will get to know the history behind the most popular ice coffee invented in this city and you will discover the seasonal fruits that this country is blessed to produce. After all, Thessaloniki is a melting pot of history and culture, of different blends and aromas you can sense through this city walk. A hospitable atmosphere that welcomes and offers you the very best of its stories, products and flavors, provoking the feeling of being somewhere familiar, a nostalgic feeling of returning home.