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Thessaloniki is a city filled with flavors, textures and aromas from all over the world. A city blending traditional recipes with gourmet inspirations and street food with awarded cuisine choices. But what about the sweet side of Thessaloniki? Building on the famous bougatsa and trigona panoramatos, Thessaloniki has taken the sweet scene to a whole new level.

Prepare your taste buds as we are heading to the sweetest destinations of the city for a “sweet” year.

The most famous feature of Thessaloniki food culture is its bakeries. The Ottomans’ sweet tooth left its culinary mark in the shape of a multitude of patisseries which abound in the city serving up local pastries which are famous all over Greece.

Here are some of the most delicious Greek desserts that you need to try on your visit to the country.

Bougatsa

Sweet bougatsa (or bougatsa with cream) is a staple street food or snack. It can be found virtually everywhere and is made with large handmade phyllo sheets buttered and folded over multiple times before the creamy custard filling is added. Served warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered sugar, bougatsa goes perfectly with a warm cup of coffee.

Diples (Fried Turnover)

Diples (meaning fold) are a traditional dessert made from thin sheets of dough. These are rolled into thin strips, cut into rectangles then folded while being fried in hot oil. Once they have cooled down, the sheets are then dusted with cinnamon and ground nuts and drizzled with honey.

Halva

The traditional semolina based Greek halva recipe is often referred as “1:2:3:4″, as it calls for one unit oil, two semolina, three sugar and four water. So simple! If you haven’t tried semolina Greek halva before, you will be surprised by the delicious taste of those 4 humble ingredients, when combined. This delicious and highly-textured dessert is a famous Greek sweet that you shouldn’t miss.

Melomakarona

Melomakarona cookies are simply delicious. No – scratch that – they are divine. These soft cookies are dipped in honey or syrup and covered with grounded walnuts. Mostly served during the Christmas holidays in Greece, melomakarona are decadent and scrumptious cookies everyone should have once in their lifetime..

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