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The popular yet low-key Jonida Brahollari, aka DJ Amer Doux, knows how to cool down as much as how to get the party started. Below read the “bittersweet” DJ’s suggestions on where to eat quick and delicious Asian food, drink the best cocktails, relax in the outdoors, and best enjoy your time in the capital and its surprising outskirts.
I haven’t had coffee in two years – caffeine and I don’t get along so well. The most appropriate in my case would be “favorite tea house.” I love tea and drink it constantly. Three times a week, I go to Tony’s or Avokado Tirana as these places are close to my gym. Otherwise, I go to Kino. I tried avocado tea for the very first time recently and I found its taste interesting. But, my staples are mint and linden tea.
Farka Lake, near my house, and Dajti Mountain. When I have time, I never lose the chance to get some fresh air in both of these places. A visit there is the perfect way to start the day. It gets me feeling fresh before I have to sit and work in front of the computer.
I love exploring the outdoors and discovering Tirana’s outskirts, when I don’t have a chance to go too far. My partner and I like to take the motorcycle, as this is the most ideal way to do it. Lately, we chanced upon a small lake near Sauk. It was a “random spot” I fell in love with.
Go-to lunch restaurant
Without a doubt, Kungfu Express. I love all of their dishes but I usually order Tokyo Wok. It’s definitely my favorite place when I’m super hungry because it’s fast and delicious.
Dish in a local restaurant
Hands down. Salmon Teriyaki Bowl at TëDuKtu. This plate is so ideal that sometimes I think they made it just for me.
Happy Hour drink and place
Radio Bar. I love Redi’s delicious cocktails and their fresh antipasti, for when I get hungry.
Especially on sunny days, my greatest pleasure is taking my dog out on a walk. I take him everywhere but parks are his favorite.
Destil. I’ve loved attending many of their events. I really like that they support young people and that they use their spaces for exhibits and events that help create an exciting cultural atmosphere.
Go-to dinner restaurant
I prefer eating out at lunch; at dinner, I like staying in. Usually, I order in from Nama Sushi or Mado.
In the summer, you’d find me at Tulla Nouvelle. In the winter, mostly Radio and Kino. Since, in Tirana, loud music is prohibited after midnight, the choices are kind of limited.
Our top picks for 2020 reveal off-the-beaten-path destinations, popular summer fests, picturesque villages, a tour in antiquity, an authentic agritourism experience and more. Discover them below. The Korab-Koritnik Natural Park, located northeast of the country, encompasses the vast Koritnik-Gjallica-Korab mountain range. Its diverse mosaic of valleys and waterways creates some of the stunning vistas in [...]
A pattern with a length of 3 centimetres, borrowed from a traditional Berat sako (a long, embroidered coat), finely detailed with embroidery. An intricate bit of detailing borrowed from an article medieval attire, it’s made larger, and more visible, through the fine art of embroidery. This is Egla Memaj’s mode of expression, her art-form if you will. [...]
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 [...]
Located in Reç, about two hours and a half away from Tirana, this guesthouse provides the very best that the Great Highlands of Albania (Malësia e Madhe) has to offer: spectacular nature and landscape, characteristic Albanian hospitality, and farm-fresh delicious food. Mirash and Zina know they are expecting guests. As soon as they hear our [...]
After relocating from Torino to Tirana years ago, Anna Giulia Buonanno is an Italian who has by now settled in her new life in Albania, where she teaches Italian language and culture in some of the most important academic institutions in the country. I really like the area around arTurbina: there is ample space for [...]
The author of “Flight,” a collection of essays on the city, and Tirana native gives us her step-by-step perfect day around Albania’s capital while counting her favorite things. Cioccolatitaliani for the delicious coffee and drinks, people watching, and to cool off from the summer heat. Friend’s Book House to work and socialize, simultaneously. The Pyramid. [...]
Along the way at the Old Bazaar in Gjirokastra, you will inevitably run into Anastas Petridhi, a true master of woodwork. Each visitor who enters his shop finds him working! The maestro can transform a simple plate of beech or pine wood into a fine work of art in the blink of an eye. Anastas [...]
A man of deep wrinkles and intelligent eyes awaits you in the Gjirokastra Bazaar. His name is Muhedin Makri. He continues the trade of handmade stone carvings and small sculptures, passed on to him from previous generations. His grandfather and father taught him this handcraft involving nature’s hardest material and the symbol of Gjirokastra, the city [...]
Embroidery is a craft that Albanian women have cultivated and mastered throughout centuries! To this day, most Albanian homes are embellished by traditional pieces of elegant embroidery. In the historic neighborhood of Gjirokastër called Qafa e Pazarit, or the Old Bazaar, we meet one of the true masters of embroidery in town, Vjollca Mezini. It [...]
If you love original woodwork, you simply must visit Moren Handmade! Located to the left of Çajupi High School in Tirana, this charming atelier is where woodworking maestro Fatmir aims to take the passion of a lifetime to even greater heights. “When I look at a piece of wood, I always wonder how I can [...]