Shopping

 

Stylish Thessalonians shop in the upmarket clothing and accessories stores lining the streets of Tsimiski, Ěitropoleos, Proxenou Koromila and Pavlou Mela, near the White Tower. Cheaper clothes and shoes can be purchased on Egnatia.

In the eastern part of the city Kalamaria, is another fashionable shopping district.

There are also some big shopping centres situated outside the city centre in the Pilea area. These have become popular with people not wanting to drive and park in the city. “Mediterranean Cosmos” is the biggest shopping centre, with a range of shops, but while convenient, the out-of-town shopping centres lack the charm of shopping in the city itself.

The “Modiano Old Market” is worth a visit, even if you don’t buy anything; this lively meat, fish and vegetable market is always busy with locals buying fresh food and enjoying some light-hearted banter with the stall holders. Outside the market are the flower shops, which add some wonderful colours and smells to the busy street.

Additionally, there are many good shops throughout the city and the best way to explore is by just strolling around the streets and window-shopping in some of the many interesting smaller shops and boutiques.

Shopping hours
Shops are usually open around 9am and close around 2pm on weekdays. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday they are also open from around 5.30pm to 9.00pm. The shopping centres operate from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and from 9am to 6pm on Saturdays.

Tourist shops are not requested by law to keep normal shop hours so the opening times vary widely. They will often stay open later in the evening (11.00 pm) and will also open on Sundays. This applies to the tourist season only.

Most shops are closed on Sundays. Some kiosks, in Greek “periptero”,  or mini markets, that sells a very wide variety of products from candy bars and refreshments to newspapers and magazines are open 24 hours a day.