Sign up to create your custom IntoAlbania trip
Your account has been activated!
What better way to get to know the capital than a foolproof guide by this well-known TV personality, entrepreneur, and owner of one of the most visited touristic spots in town, Komiteti Café-Museum? To see his favorite Tirana hangouts, read over his list below.
I am a serious admirer of coffee and just love to smell and taste it so I also love to get to know the product I have in my cup. For this simple reason, I feel that Coffee-Lab is one of the most interesting coffeehouses in town. They roast the coffee inhouse and can tell you all about the history and origin of their product.
Once upon a time, the most mainstream landmark was the Skanderbeg Statue in the center of town but today, the capital is full of many creative reference points. I especially like the road where Albania’s former Prime Minister resides called “Sala’s Street.” It’s always buzzing with plenty of bars and cool hangouts.
Here, I would suggest a walk among the interior roads linking the reconstructed ministry buildings in the city center. Even though they sit right in the center of town, there is a certain tranquility among the gardens of these institutions that you cannot find outside of it. Living in the capital, this is something to consider!
As a vegetarian and lover of healthy food, I usually go for one of these three spots: Veggies, Luga e Argjendtë (The Silver Spoon), or Happy Belly.
Byrek me hithra (Crusty traditional pie filled with wild greens) at Ceren Ismet Shehu Restaurant.
A cocktail at Colonial Bar in Blloku is kind of a therapeutic experience, nice to share with others.
An authentically Albanian street food stand like Sita (“The Sieve”), curated by famous chef Bledar Kola, is a pleasantly unexpected stop for all casual passersby in the city.
Letting go of all my modesty here: Café-Museum Komiteti is it.
Salt, Padam or Artisti. In all three, you’ll find both good food and a nice atmosphere.