Made in Thessaloniki shopping tour
We will start our day just as the local Greeks do, sipping a freshly brewed Greek coffee. You’ll learn all about this coffee culture from one of the oldest traders. in 1919 the brothers of the Loumidis family — Antonios, Nikos and Iason — opened their own general store in Piraeus. It was a grocery store that was the first selling point of Loumidis Coffee. Since then, their business has expanded not only throughout Greece but worldwide.
If you look around at the other customers in the coffee shop, you will probably notice that most of the men are playing with kombolói, or “worry beads.” Kombolói is a string of beads that are passed through the fingers as a way to fidget away the time and are a part of traditional Greek and Cypriot culture. They’re also a great souvenir to take home and are sold in just about every tourist shop in Greece but we won’t take you to just any tourist shop. Instead, we’ll lead you to the workshop of one of the last remaining kombolói artisans.
Next up, we’ll visit a gastronomic shop that boasts shelves carrying the “heritage” of the Greek land, all honouring small producers. We are talking about olives, olive oil, honey, and other organic products and these are just some of the hundreds of items that you can find in this store that first opened its doors in 1920.
We will then head to a herbal paradise. Greece is famous for its unique herbs and spices, which are not only used for cooking but also as a medicine. We’ll visit one of the most famous shops in Greece and learn all about their use as a raw material in medicine, perfumery, fabric painting and of course cooking.
Before strolling further through the artisan’s quarters of the city, we will have a bite of Thessaloniki’s most popular sweet: tsoureki – maybe you’ll want to take one home with you. With the sweet taste left in our mouths, we’ll wander through the neighbourhood of the last remaining handcrafted traders and artisans. Here, you will have the opportunity to buy locally made souvenirs such as t-shirts, mugs, bags and a wide selection of perfumes made only with Greek ingredients.
With hands full of shopping bags we will end our tour sipping local wines (two different varieties) and nibbling on a platter of local goodies. Here your friendly guide will bid you farewell, but not before giving you suggestions on where to go for discount shopping, bargains and more.
Price: AD//CH 99
Duration: 4 hours, starts at 10.00
Included: Local English-speaking guide, Greek coffee, traditional local sweet, 2 glasses of local wine (red/white), a meze platter (local appetisers)
Excluded: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs or personal shopping, tips / gratuities for your guide and driver
Runs: Monday to Saturday all year round
Meeting point: Kinissi Palace Hotel, outside the hotel’s café. 41 Egnatia Street and 17 Siggrou Street
Cancellation policy:48 hours prior to Departure 50%, Non show 100% cancellation fees. Before that relevant bank charges are withheld only
Important note: You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people