Try the local beer.
Tirana seems be drowning in low quality international beer labels like Carlsberg and Heineken at the moment, but there is hope.The local Tirana beer is quite a bit better so be sure to ask for that if you want to have a beer while hanging out in Tirana.
That way you also support a local business and a local employer while you are actually tasting a beer that is quite good.
Tirana, residential buildings 1988
The three photos given here show residential buildings. They are not fun but look almost OK. I do not know how they look to day but what I have seen in Shkodra in 2005 was that though there were brand new buildings built, the older one, dating from the communist era, were still there, most of the time in poor condition; I am afraid it would be about the same in Tirana.
Tirana, 1988 post office
This small post-office was just behind Hotel Tirana. I wanted to phone to my daughter and I was convinced that I would not get the call. The phone operator connected me first to a distant phone operator who asked me why I wanted to call my daughter, what I had to tell her, etc… And finally, I was tuned and could talk for a while with my daughter. That was really unexpected!
Jogging around the lake
be sure to bring your trainers with you. There is a great lake in Tirana and a beautiful park around it, where you can do jogging in the mornings or afternoons. Of course there are many good gyms as well, most of them located in the center.
Sheshi Avni Rustemi is the tiny and beautiful square where its located the market place, i walked from Sheshi Skenderbeg square by a wide avenue full of shops where you can find a lot of local souvenirs ...once you arrive to the market square its absolutelly nice stop for a while and behold how life pass by and locals do.. this aint the typical market like western europe lol its more improvised !! jajaja