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Thessaloniki is a city in Greece.

For a map of some of the dumpsters, free shops and university canteen in Thessaloniki, click here. Not all the things mentioned on this page are on there.

Dumpster diving

It's a really great city for dumpster diving, almost every day you can find stuff to feed yourself. For example, you can find patisserie cakes, semolina, and even medicine drugs.

Masoutis is a supermarket chain which has a monopoly in some Greek cities, as well as strong grounds and dominance elsewhere in Greece. To see a map of all Masoutis supermarkets around Greece, click here

. For dumpstering these supermarkets you can go during the day because they don't have any particular time to throw out things. Masoutis working hours are Mon-Fri 8:00-21:00, Sat 8:00-20:00 (check website though for possible changes).

Thessaloniki has terribe trash collection and sometimes trash trucks don't come for weeks. Mountains of trash can accumulate in places.

Panorama Center

This is the rich neighbourhood of Thessaloniki. There is one great Masoutis supermarket in the center of the area where you can get a lot of stuff almost daily after closing time. Be careful as the rich people might call the police if they become suspicious. Unfortunately you would need a car or a bike to get here as it is quite far from the city and no buses run at late hour. (Last checked: March 2011)

Lagkada street

There is a Masoutis supermarket somewhere up this street. You have to go there exactly at closing time. Go to the back. Other people come there too. The workers bring out the food they would throw away and people share it between each other. (Last checked: March 2011)

There is also a Lidl up this street with the bins fenced in but the gate unlocked. Even dog food can be found there. (Last checked: March 2011)

Leoforos Stratou & sidestreets

Close to the intersection of Stratou & Evzonon streets there are two Masoutis supermarkets located along Stratou. They are both great and consistent for vegetables mostly but you can be lucky and find other stuff too. (Last checked: April 2011)

Along the same strech of the Stratou street there are some other good dumpsters:

  • One patisserie on the corner of Stratou & Sarantaporou; throws away whole cakes quite often as well as other sweets. Best to check around lunchtime. (Last checked: April 2011)
  • Bread shop on the corner of Stratou & Evzonon which shares the dumpster with a vegetable shop closeby. The dumpster is near the kiosk, it's easy to find. (Last checked: April 2011)
  • Bread shop as you walk east from Sarantaporou, along Stratou. It's a small bakery run by an old couple. Sometimes you can find whole bags of breads! In the past they have been known to give the bread away to squats so if you feel confident with greek you might want to ask them at closing time. Best to check between 9 and 10 pm. (Last checked: April 2011)
  • There are 2 or 3 more of the Masoutis supermarkets very close to Stratou street, on side-streets. Check them and write the results here!

The trash truck comes around 22:00 in this particular area, so make sure to check dumpsters before that time!

Leoforos Vasileos Georgiou

  • On the corner of this street with Evzonon, there is a supermarket where you can constantly find vegetables. The dumpsters are located on Evzonon. (Last checked: April 2011)
  • Across the main street from the above mentioned supermarket, you will see another one next to the kiosk. The dumpsters are in front. (Last checked: April 2011)

Free food

It looks like what you'll read below has been stopped since 2013, they do not know when it will be opened again if it ever happens, but one will have to inquire about it. (Just checked the menu website Nov 2014 and it's up and running so I am guessing the canteen is open again?) Next to the campus of Aristotles university, Egnatia street, after the crossroad with 3rd September street there is the university canteen. Ask anybody for fititiki leschi/φοιτητική λέσχη. There you can find a free full meal twice a day. 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-20.00. These free meals are provided for the university students, but even if you're not one, you don't have to pay and you don't have to show a student ID or any document. Just follow the queue, take the food and eat it. There's never any checks. There's nothing to be afraid of, just try to look more or less like a student. Only disadvantage is that it is closed on weekends, summer holidays and not-working days for the university in general. Go early if you want choice of foods. Sometimes they run out of the nicest meal or of the dessert and they give you the other one and an orange instead of the baklava or rice pudding. You can easily take seconds and thirds. You can also take two trays in one go, many people do it.

  • Picture of the building here.
  • Weekly menu in Greek here and google translated in to English here. The menu on the second page is the vegan one, because of fasting for lent.

(Last checked: September 2013)

Free shops

There are many freeshops in this city and you can find even brand new things in them quite often. From clothes to toys and books. They are usually located in social centers or squats.

  • Sxoleio (Squatted School) - on the corner of Leoforos Vasileos Georgiou & Bizaniou. They call it a Bazaar, so you know what to ask for. If you go after 6pm the door should be unlocked otherwise you need to ask someone from inside if they have a key. The people that were taking care of this free shop have left the city so lately it's been very unorganised. Try to help it be tidy if you can. There is also a small library here.
  • Micropolis (Social Center) - on the corner of Vasileos Irakleiou & Eleftheriou Venizelou, really central. Second floor. Just ask around. This place is always open in the evenings. Translate their blog for more information of the place.
  • Yfanet - And old giant squatted sewing factory. Has a freeshop you can check out when it's open for events. Check out their blog here. There is also a library here where you can read books.
  • Terra incognita - Another squat, has a small freeshop. Blog is here.

Other free things

Sxoleio, squatted school

Mentioned above, there are free lessons you can join. Generally they are taught in Greek but people are nice and change to English if you need.

Examples of the lessons are:

  • Greek, English, Spanish, Turkish, French, Italian languages
  • Karate
  • Yoga & Meditation (Mondays and Thursdays at 5pm)
  • Singing
  • Theater
  • Swing dancing

Micropolis social center

There are regular free activities you can also take part in, such as:

  • Soap making
  • Pottery making

Check out their blog to find out more, or go ask in person.


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