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“The best for hanging out”
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Magic Bus Cafe
Ranked #806 of 1,084 Restaurants in Thessaloniki
Cuisines: Greek
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

My wife and I came to Magic Bus often over our month's stay in Thessaloniki this past summer. We took Greek classes at the university and often came to Magic Bus in the afternoon, though we also visited occasionally on the weekend or in the evening. The café is located behind (as in a few metres behind) an old Byzantine church, which renders it both a beautiful, historical atmosphere and relative quiet, despite being right next to the busiest street downtown, Egnatia.

The café itself is an art café and includes pictures all painted by the owner-manager. Sometimes there is a display from a friend of his as well. Since the café is small these are often hung from the roof or attached to the windows. The owner adds a lot of character to the place himself, it is his creation and he is quite proud of it.

The menu is limited, but quite cheap for that quarter of the city. The (Nescafé) frappés are particularly excellent here, made with personal care. The freshly-squeezed orange juice is also recommended. Many people come and have a beer as well. Sometimes my wife and I had a glass of wine - these were cheap, generous, and served with a delicious snack to complement the wine.

There is very little food on the menu but eventually we did order a sandwich (very cheap) and these were actually quite excellent. I think the particular selection depends on the day, but usually the sandwich consisted of fairly fresh ciabatta.

The café has wifi. We'd come here to do some studying and it was a great place to hang out. It is not expensive so you can order several things. The owner, while prompt with orders, has a relaxed attitude so there is no pressure to leave right when you've finished your order (I suppose that is rare in Greece, though). He is attentive and looks out for people. You can sit outside - there is an awning that extends just about the width of the patio up to the back of the church gates.

While the sandwich is great for lunch, if you want a regular dinner you'd have to go elsewhere. So you can make it an evening and have dinner at the good restaurant next door but come back to the Magic Bus to take your after-dinner coffee or drink. Although we were never present for this, it seems they host live music sometimes towards the weekend and these events (judging from photos) appear to be popular.

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