Welcome, Dear Spring!

Spring has always been my favorite season. Maybe it’s flowers blossoming, maybe it’s the vibes getting stronger, maybe it’s the city that’s happier… The point is that spring has always looked like a new, fresh start. And just perhaps, a more romantic start too…

By Georgia Dodou

 

In spring, I will:

  1. Dress myself in the new clothes I bought at the newly renovated historic MaxMara store on the corner of Agias Sofias and Mitropoleos. I love their collections and you can’t find a better jacket (or coat in the winter) anywhere.
  2. Have a coffee at Uberdooze. This avant garde multifunction establishment on Danaidon Street combines art (one of its floors is an art gallery) and entertainment in a minimal space full of character.
  3. Have a drink at Uberdooze. For the above reasons plus the fact that the music and cocktails are wonderful.
  4. Walk my favorite corner of the city – the Roman Agora towards Ano Poli and Tsinari.
  5. Enjoy the serenity in the garden of Agios Nikolaos Orfanos church in Ano Poli. Special tip: bring your book and your coffee or tea and enter the garden’s beauty to get away from it all. Wonderful smells abound in spring – it reminds me of Toscana.
  6. Have a great meal at Mourga, on Christopoulou Street. I shouldn’t forget to try the pan-fried seafood and the carpaccio.
  7. Enjoy the sunset – yes, my city has the best sunset in Greece – from the roof garden of Electra Palace on Aristotelous Square.
  8. Discover the new haunts springing up like mushrooms in the Ano Ladadika neighborhood. For instance, Gorilas bar. I heard has already been recognized as one of the most up to date cocktail bars in the city.
  9. Feel my city’s shopping vibration on Proksenou Koromila Street, starting from the Grigio Concept Store: Mary Katrantzou, Pierre Balmain, DVF and many other brilliant designers. Reliable sources have dropped hints that two very strong brands will be added soon. Stay tuned!
  10. Watch the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival from the 3rd to the 12th of March – and especially its new section, Food vs Food. In fact, I’m lucky to be part of the jury for the “Festival Dish” sidebar event, which will decide the best dish out of 20, all created exclusively for the festival by local chefs.
  11. Fill my fridge up with healthy foods from Zoi ke Ygeia on Tsimiski Street. Groceries and wonderful detox teas are my top choices, but they also make vegan snacks and sell eco-friendly cosmetics too. Well worth visiting.
  12. Gift my body and face wellness by visiting Massage Suite on Kouskoura Street.
  13. Satisfy my sweet tooth with ice cream from Mado on Venizelou Street – or their new store on Nikis Avenue (old seafront). Or maybe even a traditional syrupy sweet freshly made on the premises.
  14. Check out the new balcony of Ionos, a bar-restaurant on Ionos Dragoumi Street. A drink with a view of the sea – there’s nothing like it.
  15. Spend a weekend in the wonderful understated luxury of Excelsior Hotel, because I love brunches at BE, the hotel’s restaurant which is of course open to the public. It’s sometimes a great idea to see your own city through the eyes of a visitor.
  16. Watch one of the shows at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, followed by a drink at Allegro, the Hall’s bar-restaurant that has marvelous views of the city.

And a bonus tip: Head to the city center on Saturday afternoons for a shopping session followed by food or mid-day cocktails. You’ll definitely enjoy a vibrant and very passionate side of the city.