Pies play a key role in Greek food culture. Which Greek does not recall the “tyropita” (cheese pie) of their grandma? Every bakery, cafe, or canteen usually offers a wide variety of pies (chicken, pumpkin, meat, spinach, mushroom pies, etc.). I have tried many pies in many spots, not exclusively in Thessaloniki, but those that I have really fallen in love with are the pies of “Paradosiako”! That Greek word means “Traditional”.
You can find “Paradosiako” cafes in many districts of Thessaloniki (Aristotelous square, Tsimiski str., Ano Toumba, etc.). You can sit and enjoy your pie, “bougatsa”, sandwich, salad, or cake along with a cup of coffee, tea, or juice, or even take all these things with you to go. What makes the pies of “Paradosiako” unique is the combination of tradition and innovation, the crunchy “phyllo” (literally it means “sheet” or “leaf”), the delicious fill, which literally unsticks your palate, as well as their ideal size, enough for satisfying your hunger for hours, but not making your stomach feel like a stone! If you are in need of a snack or a light lunch, now you know your ideal spot!