Sign up to create your custom IntoAlbania trip
Your account has been activated!
The popular TV show host’s keen eye for detail and taste for the good life make this list a must-read for those who would like to know the coziest and coolest hangouts of the capital.
During the week, Komiteti Café Museum (or, as we like to call it among friends, “At Arbri’s”). In the weekends, Art Kafe (or, as we like to call it among friends, “At Lani’s”). The first being the most convenient stop on my way to work and the second, the most trusted spot near my house. Coffee has the power to make or break your day so I prefer to play it safe.
An important landmark for all Albanians, the only one that dealt with any telecommunications in the country until the 90’s, the National Radio Television of Albania has been, for the last three years, the area where I spend most of my day, where I schedule meetings as well as take my breaks. I’ve discovered this gorgeous area of town fairly late and I am making sure to enjoy it every single day!
From Myslym Shyri Street to the Castle of Tirana, open to the public for a while now, is my favorite walk: aimless and pleasant. It’s one of the few areas in town with no high-rises, lots of space, and is lined on both sides by linden trees. Tracing their heights as I walk gives me plenty of chances to look at the sky.
Not only for lunch! For authentic as well as reconceptualized traditional food, “Luga e Argjendtë” (“The Silver Spoon”) is the nest where all locals who miss their mother’s food, like the famous papare (fried buttery bread with feta cheese), flock to. For tourists who would like to try trahana me hudhra (cereal-based soup) for breakfast, as well. And if you happen to run into Dhurata, the owner of this venture, you will get to learn much about Albanian gastronomy, local products, and more.
Jufka with porcini mushrooms and mishavinë cheese at Mullixhiu Restaurant. (Jufka is a type of Albanian pasta and mishavinë belongs to the family of soft cheeses of the northern region of Albania)
A glass of red or white wine at Vena by Fation Tila. The road leading there, always green and lined with trees in full bloom, mentally transports you to a small town, miles away from the chaos and noise of the capital.
The place that makes me feel the guiltiest after I have left but, at the same time, the one where I go “pray” the most often is called “Kohar.” This small clothing boutique, located near Myslym Shyri Street, is undoubtedly one of the most original and fashionable in Tirana.
“Galeria 70,” very unusual due to its location and space, and where the very best contemporary artists in the county are exhibited. As far as cultural spots, I prefer the open-air ones. Reja Festival (located by the National Gallery of Arts) has been quite unique in this regard. It became a place where you could meet local and international performers as well as dance and sing along with them in Reja’s garden. The festival has ended now, but the place continues to be an open-air cinema once a week.
After the aperitif at Vena, I simply roll over to “Pa Pirunj” (“No Forks”) for a deliciously creative dinner. Black risotto with pine nuts, shrimp with pineapple – these are the kinds of dishes that make one handle wine very well! For the risk-takers, there’s the spicy livers. You’ll find the menu written on a black board, which shows that it is regularly refreshed depending on the availability of seasonal ingredients.
I am not that into the nightlife in town and perhaps due to this I am quite demanding when it comes to the place I choose to spend my monthly night out! I expect it to be pleasant, cozy, have nice music, a variety of drinks and a social and warm atmosphere. And, the dress code? To your heart’s desire. I feel that this applies to all so this serves as an invite to enjoy life simply as it is, with a glass of rum in hand at Hemingway Bar Tirana.
We are almons in the middle of July, so there are plenty of events to follow all over Albania. Here are our top 5 for this weekend: If you still haven’t decided yet how to spend this Friday night, here’s a fascinating proposal: the Italian duo with their unique singing style of Italian and world-famous [...]
It can be easily considered the exhibit of the year! Kolë Idromeno, one of the greatest representatives of Albanian art, comes with an exhibit at the National Gallery of Arts. From the painting “Sister Tone” (Motra Tone), otherwise known as “the Albanian Mona Lisa”, painted in 1883, up to the Dantesque tabloid “Two roads” (Dy rrugët), [...]
Adens Borova, professional architect by day and DJ in Tirana’s most popular clubs by night, shares his unique and hard-earned taste for the very best experiences and divulges his favorite hangouts of the capital. Though I don’t drink coffee, I’ll go ahead and say that Tirana is definitely one of the richest cities in terms [...]