The historic Ladadika district is located near the Port of Thessaloniki and for centuries was one of the most important market places of the city. Its name comes from the many olive oil shops in the area. Many Jews of the city lived here, along- side French/Italian merchants and residents living in the Frankish district. It was a red light district before World War I, with many brothels. In 1985, Ladakika was listed as a heritage site by the Ministry of Culture, due to its notable architecture of 19th century buildings. After undergoing gentrification in the 1980s, Ladadika became the entertainment district of the city, hosting bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and pubs in former oil stores and merchant warehouses. I found it to be a great place for walking, day or evening, with a network of pedestrianized streets and small squares.