Today’s Commerce Square used to be the conjunction of one of the oldest streets of Thessaloniki which connected the Gate of Gialos, which mean the Gate by the seashore with the Gateof Defterdar Hane which was located next to the White Tower. The road was only a few dozen meters away from the sea and until 1876 was the most large street of the southern Thessaloniki. The current streets of Agios Minas and Edessis which are located between the Trade Square and Venizelou street are the only parts of the ancient road that still survive. Until the 1870s, the sea was reaching until the point today’s Kalapothaki streets is located (almost half a km closer to the sea).
Today, the Commerce Square is located in an area which during the day is crowded from people who visit its old trading shops (shops that sell house accessories, textile shops and spices, garden equipment etc.) and during the night for its bars, taverns and clubs (Valaoritou area). The Laladika area is also less than a minute walk away. If you like alternative styles for sure you will love this area. It combines the old and the new style of Thessaloniki in a wonderful way.