Thessaloniki, Home to World’s First Feta Bar

Thessaloniki is known as Greece’s city of gastronomy, so it comes as no surprise that it’s also home to the world’s first Feta Bar, a place dedicated to the country’s most famous cheese.

Located on Pavlou Mela Street, Mia Feta – Feta Bar is exactly what its name reveals: a modern bar that offers visitors a range of Feta and a variety of other Greek cheeses that can be sampled on their own, or within dishes that have been carefully created by the chef to highlight the unique flavours of each cheese. 

The idea behind this concept store- that also stocks a wide range of other locally made delicacies from all over the country- lies in offering people the best dairy products Greece has to offer- along with other exclusively selected Greek products- in the one spot!

Mia Feta operates as a deli store, where you can purchase gourmet products made by small producers all around Greece- including cold-pressed olive oil, hand-made pasta, honey, jams, and wild herbs; as well as dairy products made from the owners themselves- the Kourellas family- who have been producing Feta, other Greek cheese, organic milk, yogurt, and kefir since 1960. And you can take home some internationally recognised Feta, Moschotyri cheese, smoked Feta, and Feta cheese with black wild truffle from the area of Grevena. 

Otherwise, sit down at the communal table (the heart of Feta Bar) and enjoy the range of options from the restaurant’s delightful menu, which is based entirely on the ingredients found in the store. If you are only after something light, you can choose from the tapas menu and wine list- as the knowledgeable sommelier gives insights into a wide range of homemade PDO cheeses- that can be paired with some exceptional wines from various parts of Greece.

And on the mezzanine floor, the open kitchen area allows visitors to watch the chef prepare their creative dishes on offer, including Greek-style fondue and Feta gnocchi, smoked Feta cheese tarts, as well as grilled Manouri, moussaka and other Greek dishes.

Tip: Keep some room for dessert, such as the orange and pistachio rice pudding, and a yogurt mousse with strawberries, forest fruits, and honeycomb biscuit. 

A: 14 Pavlou Mela Street, Thessaloniki 

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