In a neighborhood that’s struggling to find its new identity without betraying its glorious past, Laika appeared as an unexpected gift. Ntepo, in the eastern part of Thessaloniki, is pretty famous for its rich past & its fine examples of neoclassical architecture but definitely not for recreation. The name of the cafe comes from the legendary dog that was selected to escort a Soviet spacecraft and died during the flight.
Laika cafe popped up in November of 2017 showing us that you can create a cosy, unique place even in a mainly residential area. In a typical day in Laika, you will listen to jazz music, look at paintings at the current art exhibition and watch the extraordinary mix of people that are hanging out there. That mix of people mainly consists of students that come alone to study, alternative Thessalonians around thirty and classy older people.
You could say that Laika cafe spatially encompasses three different sensations into one place. The ‘artistic interior’ with the paintings and the small but important charming details, the ‘invigorating garden’ in the back with a relaxing view at the small park and the ‘urban entrance’ that is gazing the busy Antheon street, just across the downfallen and notorious abandoned Allatini factory.
Interestingly, Laika is a strictly non-smoking cafe. Now, except from the interesting local beers, coffee and spirits, after 20:30 you can try Laika’s small but delicate food menu. Don’t be afraid to ‘travel solo’ in Laika, the charming atmosphere will make you feel like home.