A particularly large number of restaurants can be found in the Ladadika district in central Thessaloniki, near the port, which was named after the oil vendors who moved to the area after the great fire of 1917. Protected as a historic district from the building frenzy of the mid-1980s, the Ladadika was instead colonized by entrepreneurs who opened cheap tavernas (filling tables with inviting mezedes and carafes of ouzo) and bars in the restored old turn-of-the-20th-century buildings. Locals thronged to the lively area, and more and more establishments opened up and spilled over into the surrounding streets and alleys. Though a bit subdued after the financial crisis, the Ladadika still has buckets of charm and still hosts many of the city's best restaurants and drinking establishments.
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