Kapani market, is Thessaloniki’s oldest public market. It is located between the streets Eleftheriou Venizelou, Egnatia, Aristotelous and Ermou (see point 9 in the map below). The exact day of its foundation is not known. Book sources in Vlatades Monastery mention that the market existed in 1498 as it is listed among other areas of Thessaloniki during that time. Its name comes from that days as well as it was called in Turkish “Kapan-i Galle”, which means “grains market”. When the Jewish moved to Thessaloniki the Greek and Turkish element gradually narrowed. Smaller markets were developed also inside Kapani Market one of which was the Egyptian market. The market was destroyed many times since its foundation and many of old treasures have been lost. In the early 20th Kapani market altered significantly and its shops were selling almost everything that could be sold, even small animals. After the big fire that destroyed Thessaloniki’s center in 1917, Kapani market was rebuilt and small two floor houses were build with the owners staying in the second floor and running their shops in the first floor. The market even in our days is having a mixed atmosphere of all the nationalities that lived in Thessaloniki through its history. For the travelers it is a highly recommended destination as it is a very interesting experience to walk inside it and buy traditional food products and various other products, handicrafts etc.
Kapani Market Thessaloniki