ZONE C: THE LIMÁNI (HARBOR) & THE LADÁDIKA DISTRICT
You are in the harbor. A different wind blows here. The first wharf parted from the rest of the commercial harbor and affiliated itself with the rest of the city. It was embraced and loved by the locals, and is now a hub of entertainment and culture. Three museums are housed in renovated former harbor warehouses: the State Museum of Modern Art, the Photography Museum, and the Cinema Museum. Two more former warehouses house the four movie theatres that are located on the first wharf and project the movies that participate in the Film Festival of Thessaloniki or the Documentary Festival of Thessaloniki while these are running and special screenings and tributes during the rest of the year.
A walk in the harbor will help you capture the unique relation that the city bears to the sea. It feels like you are on a boat, the constant undulation may dizzy you, while the view to the city is just enchanting. Above the harbor you will find yourself in the Old Oil Market area (Ladádika), which got its name from its many wholesale stores there used to be in the area that sold oil. Tsimiski Street divides them into the Lower (Pano) and the Upper (Kato) Ladádika.
The Kato Ladádika district was redeveloped in the ’90s and was completely taken over by restaurants, taverns and clubs. The Pano Ladádika is of much greater interest, since it retained its stores of diverse uses. New entertainment and other ventures were added to the old uses, alternative, avant-garde ones. Here, you will find Valaoritou street, which over the last years changed the nightlife scene of the city by attracting the young to its hangouts.